Strata Florida railway station
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|Strata Florida railway station|
Site of Strata Florida station
|Original company||Manchester and Milford Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1 September 1866||Opened|
|22 February 1965||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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Strata Florida was a railway station in Wales on the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line serving the villages of Ystrad Meurig, Pontrhydfendigaid and Ffair-rhos. The Manchester and Milford Railway (M&MR) opened from Pencader to Aberystwyth on 12 August 1867. The line went into receivership from 1875 to 1900.
The M&MR's original plan was to build a line through the mountains, one scheme involving a six-mile tunnel, to Llangurig whence it would proceed to Llanidloes, reaching Manchester over other companies' lines through Moat Lane, Newtown, Welshpool, Oswestry, Whitchurch and Crewe, however finance was not forthcoming and the prospect of such a route never being economic became apparent: only the section from Llangurig to Llanidloes was actually built. A line towards Aberystwyth via Llanilar was opened instead in 1867; from Aberystwyth access to Moat Lane and onwards could be achieved, after a reversal, by way of Machynlleth and Caersws.
Although proposed for closure in the Beeching Report the line closed in December 1964 due to serious damage caused by flooding south of Aberystwyth near Llanilar Station in December 1964. The cost of repairs was deemed unjustified and led to the withdrawal of passenger services in February 1965, however milk trains continued to run from Carmarthen to nearby Pont Llanio until 1970.
The station was about three miles from the old abbey of Strata Florida and Lord Lisburne of Trawsgoed, an influential local landowner, had tried to have the station to be named Ystrad Meurig after the village of that name. The station was built at a point where it could serve three local villages, but its location made railway access difficult. The station itself was positioned on a tight curve, with the line from the south climbing inwards at 1:41, before exiting downwards on the branch line towards Aberystwyth at 1:43.
The station had two platforms, basic station buildings and a signal box. All have been demolished; there are a few artifacts remaining, particularly the stationmaster's house.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Alltddu Halt||Great Western Railway
Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line
|Caradog Falls Halt|
Manchester and Milford Railway