St Fagans railway station

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St Fagans
Christmas 2016 railway engineering works- St Fagans Level Crossing, Cardiff (31480665770).jpg
The level crossing at the site of the station in 2016
Location
PlaceSt Fagans
AreaCardiff
Coordinates51°29′05″N 3°16′08″W / 51.4848°N 3.2688°W / 51.4848; -3.2688Coordinates: 51°29′05″N 3°16′08″W / 51.4848°N 3.2688°W / 51.4848; -3.2688
Operations
Original companySouth Wales Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Platforms2
History
1 April 1852opened
1959closed to freight
10 September 1962closed to passengers
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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St Fagans railway station served the village of St Fagans in South Wales. The station was on what is now the South Wales Main Line.

History[edit]

Given that it served a rural area, St Fagans was a fairly substantial station, with two long platforms and large station buildings constructed in stone. The station was the nearest to the Wenvoe Iron Mine, which was active from 1859 to 1864 and generated significant freight traffic at St Fagans.[1] A signal box was built in 1889. Initially, the station had no footbridge, and passengers had to cross via a ground-level crossing made from sleepers. A metal footbridge was eventually added in 1931.[2]

Decline and closure[edit]

St Fagans, like many stations, fell upon leaner time in the postwar years. The station was destaffed from 6 April 1959, and closed to goods in the same year. For the last few years of passenger operation, only trains between Cardiff Clarence Road and Pontypridd via Creigiau called at the station. When the service was withdrawn in 1962, the station closed.[3] A signal box and a level crossing on the line still remain at St Fagans, but the station itself is long gone.

New station[edit]

It has been proposed in recent years for a new station to be built at St Fagans, as bus services from the centre of Cardiff are seen by some as inadequate, and that a new rail connection would greatly improve access to the Museum of Welsh Life. Support for the project has been given by former first minister Rhodri Morgan.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ North, F. J. (1962). Mining for Metals in Wales (PDF). Cardiff: National Museum of Wales. pp. 16, 60. ISBN 978-0720000214.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2009). Cardiff to Swansea. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 9781906008420.
  3. ^ Horton, Philip (2013). The Beeching Legacy: South & Central Wales and The Marches. Kettering: Silver Link. p. 61. ISBN 9781857944334.
  4. ^ Gaskell, Simon (9 March 2010). "Calls for disused St Fagans train station to be reopened". Wales Online. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Ely Main Line
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
South Wales Railway
  Peterston
Line open, station closed