Afon Wen railway station

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Afon Wen
Afon Wen railway station geograph-2783617-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Pwllheli - Bangor train in 1962
Place Afon Wen
Area Gwynedd
Coordinates 52°54′33″N 4°18′49″W / 52.90909°N 4.31348°W / 52.90909; -4.31348Coordinates: 52°54′33″N 4°18′49″W / 52.90909°N 4.31348°W / 52.90909; -4.31348
Grid reference SH 444 371
Original company Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 3[1][2]
2 September 1867 Opened
7 December 1964[3][4][5] Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain

Afon Wen was a railway station located in Afon Wen, Gwynedd, Wales.

The station formed a junction between the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway and the Carnarvonshire Railway.


Trains on the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway line were operated by the Cambrian Railways, then absorbed into the Great Western Railway. Trains from the Carnarvonshire Railway were operated by the London and North Western Railway and so passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The station passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed by the British Railways Board.

In addition to local services Afon Wen was served by trains from both London Paddington and London Euston. Those from Paddington would reach it on Cambrian rails through Machynlleth and Portmadoc, proceeding onward to terminate at Pwllheli. From Euston the train would travel via Crewe, Bangor and Caernarvon: at Afon Wen the front portion of the train would proceed forward to terminate at Portmadoc and the rear carriages would be detached for Pwllheli.

Afon Wen is often quoted as a defining 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, Dovey Junction and Barmouth Junction (renamed Morfa Mawddach in 1960).[citation needed]

The site today[edit]

Trains on the Cambrian Line pass the site of the former station.

The only evidence of the junction that can now be seen from Cambrian Coast trains is the earthworks of the line heading north and the island platform, although the branch side has been filled in.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Line and station open
Line and station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Carnarvonshire Railway

In popular culture[edit]

  • Afon Wen station is known to many through the song Ar y Trên i Afon Wen (On the train to Afon Wen) by the popular Welsh pop group, Sobin a'r Smaeliaid, fronted by Bryn Fôn.[6]


  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2010, Photos 76-80 & Map XXI.
  2. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2009, Photos 88-96 & Map XXI.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 13.
  4. ^ The station, via Disused Stations
  5. ^ Turner 2003, p. 7.
  6. ^ Sain Records


  • 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 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Bangor to Portmadoc: Including Three Llanberis Lines (Country Railway Routes). Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 978 1 906008 72 7. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2009). Barmouth to Pwllheli (Western Main Line). Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 978 1 906008 53 6. 
  • Turner, Alun (2003). Gwynedd's Lost Railways. Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 9781840332599. 

Further material[edit]

  • Clemens, Jim (2003) [1959-67]. North Wales Steam Lines No. 6 (DVD). Uffington, Shropshire: B&R Video Productions. BRVP No 79. 

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