Afon Wen railway station

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Afon Wen
Afon Wen railway station geograph-2783617-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Pwllheli - Bangor train in 1962
Location
Place Afon Wen
Area Gwynedd
Operations
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 3
History
2 September 1867[1] Opened
7 December 1964[1] Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Afon Wen was a railway station located in Afon Wen, Gwynedd.

The station formed a junction between the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway and the Carnarvonshire Railway.

History[edit]

Trains on the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway line were operated by the Cambrian Railways, then absorbed into the Great Western Railway. Trains from the Carnarvonshire Railway were operated by the London and North Western Railway and so passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The station passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed by the British Railways Board.

In addition to local services Afon Wen was served by trains from both London Paddington and London Euston. Those from Paddington would reach it on Cambrian rails through Machynlleth and Portmadoc, proceeding onward to terminate at Pwllheli. From Euston the train would travel via Crewe, Bangor and Caernarvon: at Afon Wen the front portion of the train would proceed forward to terminate at Portmadoc and the rear carriages would be detached for Pwllheli.

Afon Wen is often quoted as a defining feature of the Great Western Railway in Wales, namely its inheritance of junctions in unlikely and inconvenient locations. Other examples are Moat Lane Junction, Talyllyn Junction, Dovey Junction and Barmouth Junction (renamed Morfa Mawddach in 1960).[citation needed]

The site today[edit]

Trains on the Cambrian Line pass the site of the former station.

The only evidence of the junction that can now be seen from Cambrian Coast trains is the earthworks of the line heading north and the island platform, although the branch side has been filled in.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Criccieth
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
  Penychain
Line and station open
Chwilog
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Carnarvonshire Railway
  Terminus

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 13.

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 52°54′33″N 4°18′49″W / 52.90909°N 4.31348°W / 52.90909; -4.31348