Sugar Loaf railway station

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Sugar Loaf National Rail
Welsh: Dinas y Bwlch
Sugar Loaf Halt railway station, Powys - geograph.org.uk - 4000275.jpg
Location
Place Sugar Loaf Mountain, Llandovery
Local authority Powys
Coordinates 52°04′55″N 3°41′13″W / 52.082°N 3.687°W / 52.082; -3.687Coordinates: 52°04′55″N 3°41′13″W / 52.082°N 3.687°W / 52.082; -3.687
Grid reference SN844438
Operations
Station code SUG
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 120
2012/13 Increase 144
2013/14 Increase 240
2014/15 Decrease 110
2015/16 Increase 132
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sugar Loaf from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Sugar Loaf railway station is a railway station in Powys, Wales, and is the most remote station on the Heart of Wales Line. It is located one mile to the north-east of a small but prominent knoll known as Sugar Loaf, around which the A483 road loops.[1] The line through here was opened by the Central Wales Extension Railway in 1868; the station was closed to passengers in 1965 but subsequently reopened to traffic in 1984.[2]

This station is a request stop used mainly by trekkers and cyclists, since it is the nearest stop to the Sugar Loaf vantage point,[3][4] although it was originally built to serve a number of cottages occupied by railway workers (such as signalmen and track gangers).[5] The children of the workers travelled by train to school in Llanwrtyd Wells.[4] South of the station the line reaches the summit at 820 feet (250 m) above sea level and then passes beneath the hills via the 1,001-yard (915 m) Sugar Loaf tunnel, which is approached by gradients as steep as 1 in 60. It then descends steadily for the next 8 12 miles (13.7 km) down to Llandovery. The climb up to the summit here was a challenging one for train crews in steam days (especially northbound) and the use of banking locomotives was commonplace.

The station sees very few passengers - in 2010/2011 an estimated 84 passengers used the station and in 2014 it was reported that the station was averaging five passengers per month.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The station has basic amenities only - a waiting shelter and timetable poster boards, though it has had a digital CIS display fitted despite its remote location. There is no step-free access available, due to the station entrance being some distance from the nearest road (the A483) along a narrow path and in a cutting.[6]

Services[edit]

All trains serving the station are operated by Arriva Trains Wales. There are four trains a day in each direction (towards Swansea and Shrewsbury) from Monday to Saturday, and two services on Sundays. Being a request stop, passengers have to give a hand signal to the approaching train driver to board or notify the guard when they board that they wish to alight from the train there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sugar Loaf (Map). 1:25,000. OS Explorer. Cartography by Ordnance Survey. Streetmap.co.uk. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Britain's forgotten railway stations". Telegraph.co.uk. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sugar Loaf". Heart of Wales Line. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Sugar Loaf Halt is Wales' quietest station, Arriva says". BBC. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Heart of Wales Travel Guide Doughty, Audrey, Llandeilo Past & Present; Retrieved 6 July 2016
  6. ^ Sugar Loaf station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 28 January 2017

Further reading[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Cynghordy   Arriva Trains Wales
Heart of Wales Line
  Llanwrtyd