Carnarvonshire Railway

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     Carnarvonshire Railway
Overview
Locale Wales
Operation
Opening 29 July 1862
Closed 4 July 1870
Technical
Line length 27 mi (43 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map
Bangor and Carnarvon Railway
to Bangor
Caernarvon
Carnarvon Pant closed 1870
Caernarfon(WHR)
opened 1997
Quay Sidings
Carnarvon Morfa
closed 1870
Pont Rug
Pontrhythallt
Cwm-y-Glo
Padarn Halt
Llanberis
Dinas Junction
Welsh Highland Railway
Llanwnda
Groeslon
Penygroes
Nantlle Branch Junction
Nantlle
Pant Glas
Brynkir
Ynys
Llangybi
Chwilog
Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
to Pwllheli
Afon Wen
Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
to Porthmadog

The Carnarvonshire Railway was a railway connecting Caernarvon railway station (terminus of the Bangor and Caernarvon Railway line from Bangor) with Afon Wen.[1]

History[edit]

It was later operated by the LNWR then the LMS. At Afon Wen, a junction connected with the Cambrian Line (GWR) to Pwllheli in one direction and to Porthmadog in the other, with LNWR/LMS running rights to both. The line had two branches, one from Caernarfon to Llanberis, which was built by the Carnarvon and Llanberis Railway and the other from Penygroes to Nantlle, which formed part of the narrow gauge Nantlle Railway, which between Penygroes and Caernarvon had been incorporated into the Carnarvonshire Railway.

Closure[edit]

Regular passenger service on the Llanberis branch ceased in the 1930 (but summer passenger excursions from Llandudno etc. ran from 1932 until 1939 and again from 1946 until 1962). Likewise the Nantlle branch passenger service also ceased in 1932. The remaining lines and services (Afon Wen to Caernarvon) were shut completely as part of the Beeching Axe in December 1964.

Trackbed re-use[edit]

A section of the line, from Caernarvon to Dinas, was incorporated into the reopened narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway as the first phase of the line, in 1997. Several miles of the trackbed southwards from Dinas have been used to improve the A487 road. Some original sections remain and have been used as part of National Cycle Route 8.

The cycle route (Lôn Eifion) and the narrow gauge railway share the old trackbed south of Caernarvon to Dinas.

The tunnel under the centre of Caernarfon has been reopened for road traffic.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Awdry (1990)

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