Hay-on-Wye railway station

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Hay-on-Wye geograph-3624932-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
The site of the former station in 2001
Place Hay-on-Wye
Area Powys
Coordinates 52°04′42″N 3°07′29″W / 52.0783°N 3.1247°W / 52.0783; -3.1247Coordinates: 52°04′42″N 3°07′29″W / 52.0783°N 3.1247°W / 52.0783; -3.1247
Grid reference SO229428
Original company Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1864 Opened
1962 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Hay was a railway station serving the town of Hay-on-Wye in Powys, Wales. Hay had one of the earliest railway stations in the country, being part of a horse-drawn tramway.

Railway lines from Hay station[edit]

A 1905 Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram showing (lower left) railways in the vicinity of Hay-on-Wye (shown here as Hay)

The Hay Railway opened from the Brecon & Abergavenny Canal at Brecon to Hay on 7 May 1816. The line was opened from Hay to Clifford Castle on 30 July 1817. The line was not completed between The Lakes at Clifford and Eardisley until 1 December 1818 because of the problem of the river crossing at Whitney-on-Wye. The Hay Railway was sold in 1860 to the Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway (HH&BR) which made use of parts of its route.

The HH&BR was a struggling local line, much of it built by Thomas Savin, contractor and builder of many Welsh lines. It was completed in 1864. Like most local lines it was eventually rescued by a larger company – not the Great Western Railway, in whose territory it might be thought to lie – but the Midland Railway, which used it and other lines which it acquired or had running powers over, to put together a through route from Birmingham to Swansea via Hereford, Brecon, the Neath and Brecon Railway and the Swansea Vale Railway.

The Golden Valley Railway, which had its northern junction at Hay and ran through the Golden Valley to Pontrilas, was built between 1876 and 1889, was closed down in 1898, and then rescued by the Great Western Railway in 1901. It survived as a passenger line until 1951 and goods until the 1950s.

The whole of the Hereford to Brecon line including Hay was closed on 31 December 1962 and completely dismantled by 1963.


  1. ^ "Railways - Horse and Steam". Glasbury Historical Society. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
  London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Golden Valley Railway
Line and station closed