Caersws railway station

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Caersws National Rail
Welsh: Caersŵs
Caersws railway station MMB 02.jpg
Location
Place Caersws
Local authority Powys
Coordinates 52°30′58″N 3°25′59″W / 52.516°N 3.433°W / 52.516; -3.433Coordinates: 52°30′58″N 3°25′59″W / 52.516°N 3.433°W / 52.516; -3.433
Grid reference SO028918
Operations
Station code CWS
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 44,890
2012/13 Increase 46,486
2013/14 Decrease 45,900
2014/15 Increase 49,250
2015/16 Increase 57,942
History
Key dates Opened 3 January 1863[1] (3 January 1863[1])
Original company Newtown and Machynlleth Railway
Pre-grouping Cambrian Railways
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Caersws from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Caersws railway station is a railway station on the Cambrian Line in mid-Wales, serving the village of Caersws. It is notable that there is a distance of 22 miles between this station and Machynlleth, the longest distance between stations in Wales.

History[edit]

The notable Welsh romantic poet John Ceiriog Hughes was employed as a station master and Manager of the Van Railway at Caersws railway station from 1868 until his death in 1887.[2]

From 1871 to 1940 the Van Railway terminated at Caersws. The station was built by the Newtown and Machynlleth Railway of the Cambrian Railways in the 1890s. Originally there was a passing loop, a goods shed, a water tower and a ticket office and a signal box - the latter remained in use until March 2011 as a gate box to supervise the station level crossing.

In February 2013, Caersws station won the "Wales’ Best Unstaffed Train Station" award, supported by Keep Wales Tidy.[3]

Services[edit]

There is a basic two-hourly service in each direction Mon-Sat, with some additional services in the morning and evening (most of which run between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth only). Sundays also run every two hours, though there is only a limited service (one in winter, three in summer) along the Cambrian Coast line to Pwllheli.[4][5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 51.
  2. ^ C P Gasquoine (1973). The Story of the Cambrian. Christopher Davies Ltd. 
  3. ^ http://www.keepwalestidy.org/10408
  4. ^ Arriva Trains Wales Timetables Retrieved 6 May 2016
  5. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Arriva Trains Wales
Disused railways
Pontdolgoch
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Newtown and Machynlleth Railway
  Moat Lane Junction
Line open, station closed
Trewythan
Line and station closed
  Van Railway   Terminus