Tal-y-Cafn railway station
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|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Tal-y-Cafn from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Until the early 1960s the station had a passing loop and two platforms, was known as Tal-y-Cafn and Eglwysbach and publicised as the station for Bodnant Garden, which is in the parish of Eglwysbach and a lengthy up-hill walk.
The station was renamed from Tal-y-Cafn & Eglwysbach to Tal-y-Cafn on 6 May 1974, although a name board on the disused platform still refers to Eglwysbach.
The station buildings, mostly in private occupation, are well maintained. The station is officially an unstaffed halt (tickets must be purchased on the train or prior to travel), but the level crossing at the south end is still manned (due to its location next to the river bridge) and retains its manually-operated metal gates; the crossing keeper works out of an office in the main building. Up until 1993, the crossing also had protecting signals worked from a ground frame on the platform; these were replaced by stop and fixed distant boards after the gates were run through by a train.
Digital CIS displays, a pay phone and timetable poster boards are provided to offer train running information. The station has step-free access to the platform from the station entrance, but is not wheelchair accessible.
Six trains call in each direction Mon-Sat, with three departures each way on Sundays from the beginning of the summer timetable in May until early September. Following serious flood damage to the line in multiple locations caused by Storm Gareth in March 2019, services are suspended and have been replaced by buses until repair work can be carried out.
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|Glan Conwy||Transport for Wales
Conwy Valley Line
- "Signalling over Wales" Roberts, A www.6g.nwrail.org.uk; Retrieved 31 May 2017
- Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
- Tal-y-Cafn ground frame (1991) Roberts, Alan Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 31 May 2017
- Tal-y-Cafn station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- Table 102 National Rail timetable, December 2018
- Flood damaged Conwy Valley line could be closed for months itv.com news article 25 March 2019; Retrieved 26 March 2019
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2010). Bala to Llandudno. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 94-98. ISBN 9781906008871. OCLC 668198724.
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