Morfa Mawddach railway station

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Morfa Mawddach National Rail
Morfa Mawddach
Location
Place Morfa Mawddach
Local authority Gwynedd
Coordinates 52°42′28″N 4°01′54″W / 52.7077°N 4.0316°W / 52.7077; -4.0316Coordinates: 52°42′28″N 4°01′54″W / 52.7077°N 4.0316°W / 52.7077; -4.0316
Grid reference SH628141
Operations
Station code MFA
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   6,462
2005/06 Increase 7,106
2006/07 Increase 7,823
2007/08 Decrease 7,385
2008/09 Decrease 7,328
2009/10 Increase 8,558
2010/11 Increase 9,936
2011/12 Decrease 9,618
2012/13 Increase 10,902
History
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways (GWR)
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
3 July 1865 Opened as Barmouth Junction[1][2]
13 June 1960 Renamed as Morfa Mawddach[2]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Morfa Mawddach from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Morfa Mawddach railway station, formerly Barmouth Junction, is in Gwynedd, Wales, on the Cambrian Coast Railway between Machynlleth and Pwllheli at its junction with the Dolgelley [sic] branch of the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway part of the Ruabon to Barmouth Line which closed in 1965.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway and opened on 3 July 1865 as Barmouth Junction. From 1899 to 1903 there was a connection with the Barmouth Junction and Arthog Tramway.

Until the 1960s there was a summer service between London Paddington and Pwllheli, via Birmingham Snow Hill, Shrewsbury and Machynlleth.

On 13 June 1960 it was renamed as Morfa Mawddach.

Background[edit]

North of Morfa Mawddach the railway crosses the Afon Mawddach on the famous Barmouth Bridge.

Morfa Mawddach is mainly used by travellers to Barmouth from south of the Mawddach Estuary: parking at the station and taking the train to Barmouth is often much quicker than the 20-mile road journey via Dolgellau. Originally a four-platform station, it is now a single platform unstaffed halt. Trains stop on request.

The Station as it was in 1962

Morfa Mawddach is often quoted as an example of a notable 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, Afon Wen and Dovey Junction.[citation needed]

The trackbed to Dolgellau now forms the Llwybr Mawddach (Mawddach Trail), which officially starts at the station car park.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 27
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 163

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External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales
Historical railways
Barmouth
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
  Fairbourne
Line and station open
Great Western Railway
Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Arthog
Line and station closed