Penmaenpool railway station

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Penmaenpool
Penmaenpool signal box - 2004-07-17.jpg
The former signal box at Penmaenpool, now in use as an RSPB information centre. (17 July 2004)
Location
Place Penmaenpool
Area Gwynedd
Coordinates 52°44′55″N 3°56′04″W / 52.74857°N 3.93441°W / 52.74857; -3.93441Coordinates: 52°44′55″N 3°56′04″W / 52.74857°N 3.93441°W / 52.74857; -3.93441
Operations
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways (GWR)
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
3 July 1865 Opened as Penmaen Pool[1]
18 January 1965 Closed to passengers [1]
4 May 1964 Closed to goods [2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Penmaenpool railway station at Penmaenpool in Gwynedd, North Wales, was formerly a station on the Dolgelly [sic] branch of the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway, part of the Ruabon to Barmouth Line. It closed to passengers on Monday 18 January 1965.

It had two platforms and a passing loop, plus an engine shed approximately half a mile west of the station next to the former fireman's house. 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 and there was no crane.[3]

The site today[edit]

The station is now occupied by a car park, but the original station signal box remains next to the Penmaenpool Toll Bridge and was used by the RSPB as an observation post and information centre for the local nature reserve. The former station master's house, ticket office & waiting room has been converted into an annexe for the George III hotel. Photographs of the station in its operating days are on display in the bar/reception area of the hotel.

The former trackbed through the site is now in use as a footpath, the Llwybr Mawddach (or "Mawddach Trail").

Neighbouring stations[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Dolgellau   Great Western Railway
Ruabon Barmouth Line
  Arthog

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 183
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Stations, Avon Anglia ISBN 0 905466 19 5
  3. ^ 1956, Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission

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