Caersws railway station
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 3 January 1863|
|Original company||Newtown and Machynlleth Railway|
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|* 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 (35 km) between this station and Machynlleth, the longest distance between two intermediate stations in Wales.
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 (this is now automatic).
The station was threatened with closure in 1964 along with all of the other wayside stops on the former Cambrian main line (as a consequence of the Beeching Axe), but reprieved by the then Minister of Transport Tom Fraser in December that year to act as the notional railhead for the town of Llanidloes (following the demise of the Mid-Wales Railway that served it directly).
Though unstaffed, the station has a ticket machine installed. Train running information is offered via CIS displays, automated announcements, timetable poster boards and a customer help point (as is usual for ATW-managed stations). There is also payphone available. Step-free access is available from the entrance to the platform.
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.
Bilingual sign at Caersws station in the early 2000s
- Butt 1995, p. 51.
- "Support to re-open Carno railway station". BBC NEWS. 6 January 2016.
- C P Gasquoine (1973). The Story of the Cambrian. Christopher Davies Ltd.
- Disused Stations - Montgomery Disused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 31 July 2017
- Caersws station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- Arriva Trains Wales Timetables Retrieved 6 May 2016
- Table 76 National Rail timetable, May 2017
- 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.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Arriva Trains Wales|
Line open, station closed
|Great Western Railway
Newtown and Machynlleth Railway
|Moat Lane Junction
Line open, station closed
Line and station closed