Abererch railway station
|Managed by||Transport for Wales|
|Classification||DfT category F2|
|Original company||Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|10 October 1867||Station opens|
|1 May 1956||Renamed Abererch Halt|
|6 May 1968||Renamed Abererch|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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||Following station|
|Pwllheli||Transport for Wales
Pwllheli - Machynlleth/Birmingham International
Line and station open
|Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
Line open; station closed
- Butt (1995), page 12
- McRae (1997), page 31
- Fenton (1999), pages 83-85
- McRae (1998), pages 112 & 123
- Regional Railways Central: "Cambrian Coaster Train Times", September 1995
- Table 76 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Abererch station on navigable O. S. map
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