Beddgelert railway station

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Beddgelert
Beddgelert Station on the Welsh Highland Railway - geograph.org.uk - 1432343.jpg
Beddgelert station in 2009
Location
Place Beddgelert
Area Gwynedd
Coordinates 53°00′44″N 4°06′31″W / 53.01211°N 4.10851°W / 53.01211; -4.10851Coordinates: 53°00′44″N 4°06′31″W / 53.01211°N 4.10851°W / 53.01211; -4.10851
Grid reference SH586481
Operations
Original company Welsh Highland Railway
Managed by Festiniog Railway Company
Owned by Festiniog Railway Company
Platforms 2
History
1922 opened
1936 originally closed
April 2007 Track laid through site
7 April 2009 ceremonial reopening
8 April 2009 public services commenced
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Beddgelert railway station is a railway station on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway in North Wales.

The rebuilt station was officially opened by Lord Elis-Thomas on 7 April 2009.

History[edit]

The original station, which served the original Welsh Highland Railway line from Dinas - Portmadoc, was in operation, with a passing loop and three sidings, from 1922 to 1936.

Construction[edit]

A southerly view of Beddgelert Station during construction, 2007

Work to rebuild the station began in December 2006. The new station has a large curved island platform, allowing for two trains to pass each other. There are two small shelters for passenger use.

A large water tower has been installed at the north west end of the platform. An original locomotive siding on the west side of the station has been retained and lengthened.

The main station building, which will not be on the platform, is to be located north east of the platform. Construction commenced in 2007 with the laying of the base. Completion has been delayed, due to financial reasons and in the meantime a temporary booking office is located in front of the foundations.

Opposition[edit]

Plans to reopen the station in Beddgelert created local opposition over a number of matters; it was far too big and intruded upon the landscape; increased traffic in the village and parking. It can allow for over 300 people to alight from trains. Restrictions were placed upon the company, including not to open the station until the line was completed. On 23 July 2008, the Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) removed, on appeal, a planning condition which would have limited sales at the station to tickets and railway souvenirs only. Once facilities are provided it will thus be possible for visitors to get a cup of tea at the station as well as in the village.[1]

Operations[edit]

Number 87 arrives at Beddgelert on its way to Hafod-y-llyn

Between 7 April 2009 and 21 May 2009, all trains terminated at Beddgelert. Since that time, it has served as a normal passing station, as the line has been extended, firstly to a temporary halt at Hafod y Llyn,[nb 1] [2] then on 22 May 2010, to Pont Croesor.

During the 2011 peak season most trains terminated at Pont Croesor, connecting with trains to Porthmadog Harbour. At the beginning and end of the peak season days and out of season services ran to Porthmadog Harbour.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Briefly named Hen Hafod by the Festiniog Railway Company to avoid confusion with the former passing loop near Tan-y-Bwlch. However, after local representations it reverted, within days, to original name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Welsh Highland Railway Project - Ben Fisher's Official Reconstruction Site
  2. ^ Company Timetable Retrieved 28 January 2010

External links[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Meillionen   Welsh Highland Railway   Nantmor
Historical railways
Hafod Ruffydd Halt   Welsh Highland Railway   Nantmor