Rhuddlan railway station

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Rhuddlan
Location
Place Rhuddlan
Area Denbighshire
Operations
Original company Vale of Clwyd Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 1
History
5 October 1858 Opened
19 September 1955 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Rhuddlan was a railway station located in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire. It first opened in 1858 as part of the Vale of Clwyd Railway, and afterwards under the auspices of several different companies. The station closed to passengers on 19 September 1955, some seven years after nationalisation.

History[edit]

The railway at Rhuddlan opened on 5 October 1858 as part of the Vale of Clwyd Railway, which connected with the station at Rhyl railway station for the Chester and Holyhead Railway. At opening, Rhuddlan station had a single platform on the east side of the line. While there was a passing loop for trains, this did not have a platform for a second train to stop. The station building was brick built, while a goods store on the platform was constructed out of wood.[1] The platform storage was increased in 1879, when a second room was built.[2]

Access was provided by the road towards Abergele, which passed over the tracks south of the station via a railway bridge. There were steps down from the bridge directly onto the platform for foot passengers, while a side road was constructed for vehicles.[1] There was a near disaster in June 1921 when a car came off the bridge and went down a steep bank, ending a few feet short of the platform just prior to the arrival of a train.[3]

The London and North Western Railway took control of the Vale of Clywyd Railway in 1864, and absorbed it into its services on 15 July 1867. They were absorbed into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1924. When nationalisation took place in 1948, the station formed part of British Railways London Midland Region. It closed to passenger services on 19 September 1955. Trains continued to pass through the station for the following ten years until the line was closed on 1 March 1965, with the track lifted shortly afterwards.[1]

Site today[edit]

The station was demolished and only some fence posts and steps down from the road bridge remain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wright, Paul (7 May 2010). "Station Name: Rhuddlan". Disused-Stations.org.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rhyl". North Wales Chronicle. 19 July 1879. p. 5. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Charabanc Party's Narrow Escape". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 7 June 1921. p. 10. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 

Further reading[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Foryd   London and North Western Railway
Vale of Clwyd Railway
  St Asaph

Coordinates: 53°17′15″N 3°28′19″W / 53.2874°N 3.4719°W / 53.2874; -3.4719