Llanfairpwll railway station
A passenger train pulling through the station, as viewed from the footbridge between the two platforms
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|Number of platforms||2|
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Opened in 1848, it suffered a catastrophic fire on 13 November 1865 and had to be totally re-constructed. It was closed in 1966 but re-opened in 1970 due to the fire on the Britannia Bridge as the terminus for trains from Holyhead, with a single wooden platform. It was again closed in January 1973 for four months and re-opened with two non-wooden platforms. The station master's house was sold in 1994 to a private company and is now a warehouse shop. The footbridge between the two platforms (the only one on the island) and the signal box remain from the original configuration. However, a turntable, sidings and goods yard have disappeared, the latter two under a car park.
The station is known for its longer name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysilio-gogogoch, but this is a Victorian contrivance for the benefit of tourists. with no basis in historical usage. It comprises the full name of the village, plus local topographical details, plus the name of a neighbouring church etc. The hyphens are usually omitted. The actual longest railway station name in Wales (indeed the UK) is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station.
Although famous for having the longest station name in the UK, trains usually stop (every two hours) only on request. These are Arriva Trains Wales services between Holyhead and Chester via Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Flint and through trains to Cardiff, Wrexham, Crewe and Birmingham International. There is a limited service (seven trains each way) on Sundays.
The station has very short platforms, only 40 yards (37 m) long.
- Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station – the station with the longest officially used name in Great Britain.
- Gorsafawddacha'idraigodanheddogleddollônpenrhynareurdraethceredigion – a station name contrived to be longer than Llanfairpwll
- Longest place names in the English language
- Jones, Geraint: Anglesey Railways, pages 27–28. Carreg Gwalch, 2005
- See Slater's Directory.
- Permissible line speeds – London North Western Region (North) Network Rail. Page 104
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- Train times and station information for Llanfairpwll railway station from National Rail
- Slater's Directory of North & Mid Wales, 1895 uses all three of the short names for the village – and does not mention the long form.
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