Gobowen railway station

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Former station building, Gobowen (geograph 4024076).jpg
LocationGobowen, Shropshire Council
Coordinates52°53′37″N 3°02′14″W / 52.8935°N 3.0371°W / 52.8935; -3.0371Coordinates: 52°53′37″N 3°02′14″W / 52.8935°N 3.0371°W / 52.8935; -3.0371
Grid referenceSJ303333
Managed byTransport for Wales
Other information
Station codeGOB
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyShrewsbury, Oswestry and Chester Junction Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
12 October 1848Opened[1]
2015/16Increase 0.214 million
2016/17Increase 0.221 million
2017/18Decrease 0.219 million
2018/19Increase 0.223 million
2019/20Decrease 0.218 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Gobowen railway station is a railway station on the Shrewsbury to Chester Line of the former Great Western Railway's London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside via Birmingham Snow Hill line, serving the village of Gobowen in Shropshire, England. It is the nearest station to the town of Oswestry.

Gobowen station is 17+34 miles (28.6 km) north west of Shrewsbury railway station.


Railway Clearing House map showing routes around Oswestry
Up fast freight passing in 1960

The station building was designed by Thomas Mainwaring Penson,[2] and is a Grade II listed building.[3] The station was built between 1846 and 1848 by the Shrewsbury and Chester Railway in a notable Florentine (or Italianate) style with white stucco facing and a small turret. The awnings and the footbridge were added later by the Great Western Railway (the footbridge was demolished in 1987). Although a very small village, Gobowen was the junction station for the much larger regional town of Oswestry some three miles away. When rail services to Oswestry ceased in November 1966, Gobowen was retained as the railhead for the surrounding area. There is a scheme in progress to open this branch as a heritage railway.[4] Until 1967 Gobowen was served by the GWR, latterly BR Western Region, express services between London Paddington and Birkenhead Woodside.

Severn-Dee Travel was established in 1995 and managed by the late David Lloyd, who was also a keen campaigner for the restoration of a direct rail link between the area and London. Following his death, the Wrexham & Shropshire locomotive 67015 was named in his honour, and a replica nameplate from the locomotive can be seen in the booking office.


Gobowen station may become the northern terminus of the proposed Cambrian Heritage Railways line to Llynclys, Pant and Blodwel via Oswestry. Shropshire Council was to acquire the coal yard at Gobowen for railway-related uses, including car parking for the station. If the plans are fully realised, the station would have three platforms, one of which would be for the Heritage Railway.[5]


The ticket office building (2014)

The main building, which was renovated in 2005, is used as small business space. The booking office is now located in the waiting room on the southbound platform. Unusually, it is not operated directly by the train operating company but by an independent travel agent, Severn-Dee Travel. It is staffed on weekdays from 07:15 to 16:00 and on Saturdays from 07:15 to midday. At other times tickets must be purchased on the train.

A vending machine and disabled access toilet is located in the ticket hall.[6] Train running information is offered via CIS displays, timetable posters and automatic announcements. Level access to both platforms is via the manned barrier level crossing at the north end which is controlled from the adjacent signal box.[7]

There are no waiting shelters, but canopies are provided on both platforms:

  • Platform 1 - For southbound services to Shrewsbury, Cardiff Central or Birmingham New Street
  • Platform 2 - For northbound services to Wrexham General, Chester or Holyhead


Transport for Wales Class 175 with a train for Cardiff passing a Class 158 from Birmingham

As of October 2018, train services run on two routes:

These combine to give a basic hourly frequency between Shrewsbury and Chester (Mon - Sat). Two early morning northbound trains terminate short at Wrexham General on weekdays (one of which connects with the Avanti West Coast service to London Euston), whilst one morning and one evening train start from there. Others at the start and end of day run between Chester and Shrewsbury only, though there is also one late evening weekday through train to Manchester Piccadilly and three that run to Llandudno rather than Holyhead (with one in the opposite direction). On Sundays, there is a two-hourly service (with occasional extras) each way, mostly running between Chester and Birmingham International (though there are three trains to Holyhead and two to Cardiff).[8]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Shrewsbury   Transport for Wales
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
  Historical railways  
Whittington Low Level   Great Western Railway
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
  Weston Rhyn
Park Hall Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Oswestry to Gobowen Branch


  1. ^ 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. p.105
  2. ^ Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006). Shropshire. The Buildings of England. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0-300-12083-4.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Gobowen railway station (1054224)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Oswestry Advertizer". 15 July 2008. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Council in talks to buy up rail land". Shropshire Star. 24 November 2008. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  6. ^ Gobowen station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  7. ^ Gobowen signal box and B5069 level crossing El Pollock, Geograph.org.uk ; Retrieved 13 June 2017
  8. ^ GB eNRT December 2018 Edition, Table 75

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