Abererch railway station

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Abererch
National Rail
Cambrian Coast Railway at Abererch Station (geograph 5753323).jpg
LocationAbererch, Gwynedd
Wales
Coordinates52°53′53″N 4°22′30″W / 52.898°N 4.375°W / 52.898; -4.375Coordinates: 52°53′53″N 4°22′30″W / 52.898°N 4.375°W / 52.898; -4.375
Grid referenceSH403360
Managed byTransport for Wales
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeABH
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Original companyAberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-groupingCambrian Railways
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
10 October 1867Station opens[1]
1 May 1956Renamed Abererch Halt
6 May 1968Renamed Abererch
Passengers
2015/16Increase 1,984
2016/17Increase 2,140
2017/18Increase 2,506
2018/19Decrease 2,228
2019/20Decrease 2,148
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Abererch railway station is located at a level crossing on the minor road from the beach to the village of Abererch on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales.

History[edit]

Opened by the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway, then run by the Cambrian Railways, it became part of the Great Western Railway. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. When Sectorisation was introduced, the station was served by Regional Railways until the Privatisation of British Railways.

It was upgraded in 1933 to station status but in 1956 reverted to an unstaffed halt. The station was host to a GWR camp coach from 1936 to 1939.[2][3] From 1952 to 1964 there was a British Railways Camping coach located in the small siding on the northern side of the railway line; on the right-hand (west) side of the level-crossing when approaching the beach. The single-carriage Camping Coach was usually only located here during the summer months and would be rented out to families for holidaying purposes. Timber access stairways were provided to the coach from the side away from the railway line as there was no permanent platform associated with this siding.[4]

Abererch Halt, as it was referred to, did possess a timber constructed 'Waiting Room' up to the mid-1960s but this was destroyed by fire one evening when the felted roof (allegedly) caught fire from the hot-ashes discharged by a passing steam-hauled train. Other incidents witnessed at the station include severe damage to the railway crossing gates by locomotives when the gates had been left 'open' to vehicular traffic - usually overnight.

There used to be a crossing-keeper's cottage on the northern side of the railway line. The crossing-keeper would open and close the level-crossing gates between each train; principally to let holiday makers to/from the sandy Abererch beach and the adjacent caravan/camping site. The single-storey cottage was externally slate-clad throughout and was situated on the left-hand (east) side when approaching the beach from the A497 Pwllheli - Porthmadog road.

British Rail requested the permission of the Secretary of State for Transport to close Abererch and three other Cambrian Coast stations (namely Llandecwyn, Tygwyn and Tonfanau) during the mid-1990s. Their winter 1995/96 timetable featured only two northbound and three southbound trains Mondays to Saturdays, with a note that the service may be withdrawn before 1 June 1996.[5] The station was retained and service levels have since increased.

Since 22nd June 2020, trains have not called at the station due to the short platform and the inability to maintain social distancing between passengers and the guard when opening the train door.[6]

Services[edit]

This railway station is an unstaffed halt on the Cambrian Coast Railway with passenger services every 2 hours (Mon-Sat) calling at all stations between Machynlleth and Pwllheli, including Tywyn, Barmouth, Harlech and Porthmadog. Passengers can connect at Machynlleth for trains to Aberystwyth, whilst most services continue through to Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street.[7] Sunday service from here is limited - three each way in summer and just one in winter. Trains only stop at Abererch by request.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Pwllheli   Transport for Wales
Pwllheli - Machynlleth/Birmingham International
  Penychain
  Historical railways  
Pwllheli
Line and station open
  Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
Cambrian Railways
  Afon Wen
Line open; station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt (1995), page 12
  2. ^ McRae (1997), page 31
  3. ^ Fenton (1999), pages 83-85
  4. ^ McRae (1998), pages 112 & 123
  5. ^ Regional Railways Central: "Cambrian Coaster Train Times", September 1995
  6. ^ https://tfwrail.wales/covid-19/changes-train-times
  7. ^ Table 76 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Fenton, Mike (1999). Camp Coach Holidays on the G.W.R. Wild Swan. ISBN 1-874103-53-4.
  • McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  • McRae, Andrew (1998). British Railways Camping Coach Holidays: A Tour of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part Two). Foxline. ISBN 1-870119-53-3.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Abererch railway station at Wikimedia Commons