Llandderfel railway station

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Place Llandderfel
Area Gwynedd
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
1 Apr 1868 Opened
14 Dec 1964 Closed to passengers
4 May 1964 Closed to goods [1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Llandderfel railway station in Gwynedd, Wales, was a station on the Ruabon to Barmouth line. It closed to passengers ahead of the scheduled closure date of Monday 18 January 1965 because of flooding by the River Dee which breached the line near Llandderfel on 14 December 1964. This section of the line was never re-opened. The station had a signal box and was a passing place on the single line. Today, no trace of the station buildings exist, however the flight of steps that lead from the road overbridge down to where the platforms once were are still in situ, along with a small section of overgrown "up" platform a few yards up from the steps.

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H & C but there was no crane.[2]

Pale Hall[edit]

Llandderfel was the next station down the line from Llandrillo but was more notable since it was situated adjacent to Pale Hall, the one time home of Sir Henry Robertson, Chairman of the original railway companies which built the line. Pale Hall had a telephone link with the signal box. On 27 August 1889 the station was visited by Queen Victoria who arrived in the Royal Train and was entertained at Pale Hall.

Crogen Hall Halt[edit]

There was at one time a small unmanned halt between Llandrillo and Llandderfel which did not feature in the public timetables. This was Crogen Hall Halt, a private station built for the benefit of residents of the nearby Crogen Hall which at one time was occupied by a Brigadier Skaife. The Halt was probably opened in the 1920s but closed again a decade later.

Llandderfel Tunnel[edit]

Midway between Llandderfel and Bala junction the line passed through a rocky outcrop which resulted in the construction of a 76yd long Llandderfel Tunnel, which still exists today, but now disused.

Neighbouring stations[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Llandrillo   Great Western Railway
Ruabon Barmouth Line
  Bala Junction


  1. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Stations, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  2. ^ 1956, Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission

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Coordinates: 52°55′01″N 3°30′41″W / 52.9169°N 3.5115°W / 52.9169; -3.5115