Abererch railway station

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Abererch National Rail
Abererch
Location
Place Abererch
Local authority Gwynedd
Coordinates 52°53′53″N 4°22′30″W / 52.898°N 4.375°W / 52.898; -4.375Coordinates: 52°53′53″N 4°22′30″W / 52.898°N 4.375°W / 52.898; -4.375
Grid reference SH403360
Operations
Station code ABH
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2006/07 Increase 1,095
2007/08 Increase 1,261
2008/09 Decrease 1,258
2009/10 Increase 1,326
2010/11 Increase 1,620
2011/12 Increase 1,786
2012/13 Decrease 1,214
History
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
10 October 1867 Station opens[1]
1 May 1956 Renamed Abererch Halt
6 May 1968 Renamed Abererch
30 May 1994 Station closes[1]
Since 1994 Station reopened[citation needed]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Abererch from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Abererch railway station is located at a level crossing on the minor road from the beach to the village of Abererch on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales.

History[edit]

Opened by the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway, then run by the Cambrian Railways, it became part of the Great Western Railway. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

In the 1960s there was a British Railways Camping coach located in the small siding on the northern side of the railway line; on the right-hand (west) side of the level-crossing when approaching the beach. The single-carriage Camping Coach was usually only located here during the summer months and would be rented out to families for holidaying purposes. Timber access stairways were provided to the coach from the side away from the railway line as there was no permanent platform associated with this siding.

Aberech Halt, as it was referred to, did possess a timber constructed 'Waiting Room' up to the mid-1960s but this was destroyed by fire one evening when the felted roof (allegedly) caught fire from the hot-ashes discharged by a passing steam-hauled train. Other incidents witnessed at the station include severe damage to the railway crossing gates by locomotives when the gates had been left 'open' to vehicular traffic - usually overnight.

There used to be a crossing-keeper's cottage on the northern side of the railway line. The crossing-keeper would open and close the level-crossing gates between each train; principally to let holiday makers to/from the sandy Abererch beach and the adjacent caravan/camping site. The single-storey cottage was externally slate-clad throughout and was situated on the left-hand (east) side when approaching the beach from the A497 Pwllheli - Porthmadog road.

British Rail requested the permission of the Secretary of State for Transport to close Abererch and three other Cambrian Coast stations during the mid-1990s. Their winter 1995/96 timetable featured only two northbound and three southbound trains Mondays to Saturdays, with a note that the service may be withdrawn before 1 June 1996.[2] The station was retained and service levels have since increased.

Services[edit]

This railway station is an unstaffed halt on the Cambrian Coast Railway with passenger services every 2 hours (weekday daytimes) calling at all stations between Machynlleth and Pwllheli, including Tywyn, Barmouth, Harlech and Porthmadog. Passengers can connect at Machynlleth for trains to Aberystwyth or Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street. Trains only stop at Abererch by request.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales
Historical railways
Afon Wen
Line open; station closed
  Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Cambrian Railways
  Pwllheli
Line and station open

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 12
  2. ^ Regional Railways Central: "Cambrian Coaster Train Times", September 1995

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