Porthmadog railway station

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Porthmadog National Rail
Porthmadog railway station (geograph 4980617).jpg
Location
PlacePorthmadog
Local authorityGwynedd
Coordinates52°55′52″N 4°08′02″W / 52.931°N 4.134°W / 52.931; -4.134Coordinates: 52°55′52″N 4°08′02″W / 52.931°N 4.134°W / 52.931; -4.134
Grid referenceSH565391
Operations
Station codePTM
Managed byTransport for Wales
Number of platforms2[1]
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 53,040
2014/15Increase 55,892
2015/16Increase 79,194
2016/17Decrease 72,120
2017/18Decrease 70,860
History
Original companyAberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Pre-groupingCambrian Railways
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Porthmadog from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Porthmadog railway station serves the town of Porthmadog on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. The station is on the Cambrian Coast Railway with passenger services to Pwllheli, Harlech, Barmouth, Machynlleth, Shrewsbury and Birmingham.

Disambiguation[edit]

Considering the size of the town, Porthmadog has, and has had, a number of stations, all containing either "Porthmadog", or the earlier spelling "Portmadoc" in their name.

Additionally there were two interim stations either side of, what is now, the Network Rail / Welsh Highland Railway Cae Pawb crossing. These were referred to as:

  • 4) Portmadoc (New) (1923) to the south of the crossing.
  • 5) Portmadoc (New) (1929) to the north of the crossing.

with station (2) taking the title Portmadoc Old during the period these existed.[3]

Services[edit]

Until the line between Bangor and Afonwen closed in 1964 there was a through service in the summer to and from London Euston via Crewe, Chester, Llandudno Junction and Caernarvon; the Pwllheli portion was detached at Afonwen and the forward coaches proceeded to Portmadoc (the spellings are those used at the time). There was also a summer service between London Paddington and Pwllheli, via Birmingham Snow Hill, Shrewsbury and Machynlleth.

Nowadays trains call at Porthmadog roughly once every two hours Monday - Saturday, with a solitary train stopping in each direction on Sundays during the winter and two additional services each way in the summer (May - mid-September). During the daytime, trains run through to/from Shrewsbury and Birmingham International (joining or splitting from a portion to/from Aberystwyth), but in the evening they start/terminate at Machynlleth.[4]

From November 2013 until September 2014, main line services were suspended due to structural problems with the Pont Briwet viaduct near Llandecwyn.[5] Network Rail and Gwynedd County Council were carrying out work to build a £20 million replacement for the current bridge a few metres downstream, but in doing so had caused the old one to sink and thus made it unsafe for both rail & road traffic. A replacement bus service operated during the railway's closure.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Criccieth   Transport for Wales
Pwllheli - Machynlleth/Birmingham International
  Minffordd
  Historical railways  
Black Rock Halt
Line open, station closed
  Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
Cambrian Railways
  Minffordd
Line and station open
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Connection with Porthmadog (WHHR) on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
Connection with Porthmadog Harbour on the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2010, Photos 86-91 & Map XXIII.
  2. ^ Miniature Railway terminus
  3. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1975) [1959]. The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 1 - History and Route. The British Narrow Gauge Railway. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-167-7. OCLC 2074549. B1A.
  4. ^ Table 76 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Bridge fiasco could close Porthmadog line until 2015 Archived 18 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Milner, Chris Railway Magazine 1-01-2014; Retrieved 2013-01-17

Sources[edit]

  • 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.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Bangor to Portmadoc: Including Three Llanberis Lines (Country Railway Routes). Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 978 1 906008 72 7.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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