Strata Florida railway station

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Strata Florida railway station
Station site at Ystrad Meurig - geograph.org.uk - 499020.jpg
Site of Strata Florida station
Location
Place Ystrad Meurig
Area Ceredigion
Coordinates 52°17′14″N 3°53′28″W / 52.2872°N 3.8912°W / 52.2872; -3.8912Coordinates: 52°17′14″N 3°53′28″W / 52.2872°N 3.8912°W / 52.2872; -3.8912
Grid reference SN7109567143
Operations
Original company Manchester and Milford Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 September 1866[1] Opened
22 February 1965[1] Closed
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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

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.[2] The line went into receivership from 1875 to 1900.

History[edit]

The Ystwyth Trail near the old station.

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.

The Great Western Railway took over the service in 1906, and fully absorbed the line in 1911. The Great Western Railway and the station passed on to British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

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.[3]

The station[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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
Aberystwyth
Llanrhystyd Road
Llanilar
Felindyffryn Halt
Llanidloes
Trawscoed
Caradog Falls Halt
Llangurig
unbuilt connection
15 miles (24 km)
Aberayron
Llanerch-Ayron Halt
Strata Florida
Crossways Halt
Alltddu Halt
Ciliau-Aeron Halt
Tregaron
Felin Fach
Pont Llanio
Talsarn Halt
Olmarch Halt
Blaenplwyf Halt
Llangybi
Silian Halt
Derry Ormond
Newcastle Emlyn
Pontgoch
Lampeter
Henllan
Pencarreg Halt
Alltycefn Tunnel
Llanybydder
Pentrecourt Platform
Maesycrugiau
Llandyssul
Bryn Teifi
Teifi Valley route
(Carmarthen & Cardigan Rly)
Pencader Junction
Pencader
Pencader Tunnel
985 yd
901 m
Llanpumpsaint
Conwil
Danycoed Halt
Llwyfan Cerrig
Bronwydd Arms
Abergwili Junction
Carmarthen Town
Carmarthen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 222.
  2. ^ "Manchester & Milford Railway". coflein.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ RCAHMW Retrieved : 2012-09-22
  4. ^ History of Pontrhydfendigiad Retrieved : 2012-09-29
  5. ^ "Ystwyth Trail". Ceredigion.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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