Dolgarrog railway station

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Dolgarrog National Rail
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Dolgarrog station platform
Location
Place Dolgarrog
Local authority Conwy
Grid reference SH782670
Operations
Station code DLG
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 612
2012/13 Decrease 508
2013/14 Increase 828
2014/15 Increase 1,506
2015/16 Decrease 1,474
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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]

Services[edit]

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.

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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. 

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. 

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