Pembroke Dock railway station
|Welsh: Doc Penfro|
|Managed by||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Number of platforms||2 (1 in use)|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Pembroke and Tenby Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|8 August 1864||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pembroke Dock from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Pembroke Dock railway station serves the town of Pembroke Dock in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is located at the end of the Pembroke Dock branch of the West Wales Line from Swansea, 27 1⁄4 miles (44 km) southwest of Whitland.
It was opened on 8 August 1864 by the Pembroke and Tenby Railway as an extension of their route from Pembroke to serve the Royal Navy dockyard in the town, though it was not until 1866 that the P&T route finally reached the main line at Whitland. The line was notable when constructed as it was built as standard gauge, not the 7-foot broad gauge used by the Great Western Railway at the time; and so it was isolated from the ex-South Wales Railway main line until 1868, when dual gauge track was laid as far as Carmarthen to meet the standard gauge tracks of the London and North Western Railway. This ceased to be an issue when the GWR converted all of its lines in the area to standard gauge in 1872.
As built, the station had two platforms; both are still in situ, but only the southern one is now in use. The main building has been partly converted into a real ale pub known as the 'Station Inn'. A short freight branch ran past the station across local streets down to the actual dockside, and once carried munitions trains; but this was closed in 1969 and subsequently partially lifted.
The station has a regular daily service to/from Swansea via Whitland, with some through trains to/from Cardiff Central and further east (one service originating at Manchester Piccadilly). Connections are available at Swansea for mainline destinations at other times. Trains run every two hours Mon-Sat, with a less frequent service on Sundays.
On summer Saturdays, the station is also used by First Great Western who provide two HSTs in each direction: two to London Paddington, one from London Paddington and one early morning HST starting its journey from Swansea. One through train in each direction is named The Pembroke Coast Express. This through service to London is expected to cease running following the introduction of new IEP rolling stock in 2018 due to additional gauge clearance work along the route which would be required for 26m carriages to operate.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 182. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Railscot - Pembroke Dock www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-11-22
- GB National Rail Timetable 2013, Table 128
- Railnews - Super Expresses may shrink inter-city network Retrieved 2015-03-21
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Pembroke||Arriva Trains Wales
West Wales Line
|Pembroke||First Great Western
London - Pembroke