Penrhyn railway station
Train entering Penrhyn station
|Managed by||Ffestiniog Railway|
|Owned by||Festiniog Railway Company|
|6 January 1865||Opened|
|15 September 1939||Closed|
|12 November 1956||Special re-opening|
|20 April 1957||Re-opened|
|Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom|
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Beyond Penrhyn station, the railway crosses the A4085 Penrhyndeudraeth to Llanfrothen road on the line's only remaining gated and manned level crossing. Because of the layout of the crossing, three privately owned terraced houses are between the two crossing gates, a feature believed unique in the UK.
The station opened on 6 January 1865 at the commencement of passenger services, and was rebuilt in 1879 using components from the original Porthmadog Harbour Station—externally it has changed little since. Originally called Penrhyndeudraeth, during the 1870s the name of was shortened to Penrhyn, in order to avoid confusion with the station on the Cambrian Railways coast line at the lower end of the town.
Penrhyn station closed to passenger traffic on 15 September 1939
The station was specially reopened on Monday 12 November 1956 when the General Manager of British Railways (Western Region) Mr. K. W. C. Grand visited the Ffestiniog Railway and travelled from Porthmadog Harbour by the first passenger train to Penrhyn since 1939. The public passenger service was resumed on 20 April 1957.
Penrhyn served as a temporary terminus until the line was re-opened to Tan-y-Bwlch in 1958, a run round loop being squeezed into the site for the purpose. The loop at Penrhyn continued in use as a passing loop for timetabled trains until 1974.
Much of the station building is now occupied by the volunteers hostel which was officially opened in 1972. Complete renovation by volunteers was followed on 3 May 1992 by an official re-opening.
From 1975 Penrhyn was replaced for normal timetable purposes by a new passing loop at Rhiw Goch 4.2 miles (6.8 km) from Porthmadog. Although trains regularly stop for passing purposes, Rhiw Goch is not a passenger station, there is no public access and passengers are not permitted to alight there. However, tourist trains do on occasion terminate and reverse at Rhiw Goch.
|Preceding station||Heritage railways||Following station|
|Minffordd||Ffestiniog Railway||Plas Halt|
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