Dolgarrog railway station

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Dolgarrog National Rail
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Dolgarrog station platform
Location
PlaceDolgarrog
Local authorityConwy
Grid referenceSH782670
Operations
Station codeDLG
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 828
2014/15Increase 1,506
2015/16Decrease 1,474
2016/17Decrease 1,002
2017/18Decrease 612
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dolgarrog from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Dolgarrog railway station is an unstaffed halt, and a request stop, on the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The station is located on the east bank of the River Conwy just across the A470 road from Plas Maenan, which was the home of Henry Jack, the Managing Director of the Aluminium Corporation from 1916 to 1927, together with its associated enterprises including the Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway. Plas Maenan is now a small country house hotel and restaurant with views across the valley.

History[edit]

The station was built by the LNWR in 1916 to provide sidings and an interchange facility with a short standard gauge industrial line, built by the Aluminium Corporation to serve Dolgarrog village and the aluminium works that are about a mile from the station on the west bank of the river. The aluminium works closed in 2002, and is now the site of Surf Snowdonia, an inland surfing lagoon.

The industrial line crossed the river by a substantial girder bridge (still used as a footbridge, which is the only way to reach the station from the village of Dolgarrog). It was initially equipped with two locomotives, ten 12 ton wagons, and two passenger carriages. Morning and evening passenger services were free and operated from 1917 to 1932. Goods traffic, which was heavy during the war, continued but declined in the 1950s. The line closed in 1960 and was lifted in 1964.

Plas Maenan Hotel

The station was closed on 2 November 1964 but was reopened on 14 June 1965.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The station is unmanned and has a single timber platform, with basic amenities only (waiting shelter, timetable poster board and pay phone). It also has a digital CIS display like other stations on the branch. Access to the platform is via a foot crossing and path from the A470 road - as the latter is rough and unmade, the station isn't accessible for wheelchair users.[2]

Usage[edit]

The station became the least used station in Wales for the period 2017-18, mainly due to Sugar Loaf station increasing its usage by more than sevenfold from the previous year. The previous low usage for Sugar Loaf - 228 passengers for 2016-17 - seems to have made it popular. It saw over 1,800 passengers for 2017-18, whilst Dolgarrog saw a fall of almost 40% passenger usage to 612.[3]

Services[edit]

Transport for Wales operate Five southbound and six northbound trains call on request Mon-Sat (approximately every three hours), with three trains each way on Sundays between May and early September.[4] Following serious flood damage to the line in multiple locations in March 2019, services from this station are currently (March 2019) suspended and replaced by buses whilst major infrastructure repairs are carried out.[5]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Tal-y-Cafn   Transport for Wales
Conwy Valley Line
  North Llanrwst

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniels, Gerald; Dench, L.A. (May 1973) [1964]. Passengers No More (2nd ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 44. ISBN 0-7110-0438-2. OCLC 2554248. 1513 CEC 573.
  2. ^ Dolgarrog station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (11 December 2018). "Why Wales' quietest station, Sugar Loaf, got busier". BBC Wales News.
  4. ^ Table 102 National Rail timetable, December 2018
  5. ^ Flood damaged Conwy Valley line could be closed for months itv.com news article 25 March 2019; Retrieved 26 March 2019

Further reading[edit]

  • Jones, Eric; Gwyn, David (1989). Dolgarrog, an Industrial History. Gwynedd Archives. ISBN 0-901337-50-1.
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Bala to Llandudno. West Sussex: Middleton Press. fig. 92. ISBN 9781906008871. OCLC 668198724.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°11′10″N 3°49′23″W / 53.186°N 3.823°W / 53.186; -3.823