Sugar Loaf railway station

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Sugar Loaf National Rail
Welsh: Dinas y Bwlch
Sugar Loaf
Location
Place Sugar Loaf Mountain, Llandovery
Local authority Powys
Coordinates 52°04′55″N 3°41′13″W / 52.082°N 3.687°W / 52.082; -3.687Coordinates: 52°04′55″N 3°41′13″W / 52.082°N 3.687°W / 52.082; -3.687
Grid reference SN844438
Operations
Station code SUG
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 Increase 122
2005/06 Decrease 59
2006/07 Increase 67
2007/08 Increase 111
2008/09 Increase 120
2009/10 Decrease 106
2010/11 Decrease 84
2011/12 Increase 120
2012/13 Increase 144
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sugar Loaf from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Sugar Loaf railway station is a railway station in Powys, Wales, and is the most remote station on the Heart of Wales Line. It is located one mile to the north-east of a small but prominent knoll known as Sugar Loaf, around which the A483 road loops.[1] The line through here was opened by the Central Wales Extension Railway in 1868.

This station is mainly used by trekkers and cyclists, since it is the nearest stop to the Sugar Loaf vantage point,[2] although it was originally built to serve a number of cottages occupied by railway workers (such as track gangers).[3] South of the station the line passes beneath the hills via the 1,000-yard (910 m) Sugar Loaf tunnel, which is approached by gradients as steep as 1 in 60 on each side.

The station sees very few passengers - in 2011/2012 an estimated 120 passengers used the station.

Services[edit]

All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales. There are four trains a day in each direction (towards Swansea and Shrewsbury) from Monday to Saturday, and two services on Sundays. This is a request stop, whereby passengers have to give a hand signal to the approaching train driver to board or notify the guard when they board that they wish to alight from the train there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Streetmap.co.uk. Sugar Loaf (Map). 1:25,000. OS Explorer. Cartography by Ordnance Survey. http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idld.srf?x=284232&y=243420&z=115&sv=284232,243420&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=idld.srf&searchp=s.srf&dn=632&ax=283500&ay=242500&lm=0. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Sugar Loaf". Heart of Wales Line. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Heart of Wales Travel Guide www.llandeilo.org; Retrieved 2009-03-02
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