Waunfawr railway station

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Waunfawr
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Beyer-Garratt locomotive NG143 at Waunfawr
Location
Place Waunfawr
Area Gwynedd
Coordinates 53°06′22″N 4°12′07″W / 53.106°N 4.202°W / 53.106; -4.202Coordinates: 53°06′22″N 4°12′07″W / 53.106°N 4.202°W / 53.106; -4.202
Grid reference SH527587
Operations
Original company North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways
Managed by Welsh Highland Railway
Owned by Festiniog Railway Company
Platforms 2
History
1877 Opened
26 September 1936 Closed
7 August 2000 Reopened
Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom
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Waunfawr is a station on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway, which was built in 1877 as the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways Moel Tryfan Undertaking to carry dressed slate to Dinas Junction on the London and North Western Railway. Passenger services ceased on 26 September 1936 and the station was reopened on 7 August 2000 following the reconstruction of the railway from Dinas to Waunfawr. The train services are operated by the Festiniog Railway Company.

"Waunfawr" is Welsh for "Big Heath".

In 2000, in order to remodel the layout of the station, the old building was carefully taken down. Although carefully deconstructed by the WH Heritage Group, the numbered and stored stone was inadvertently used as fill for the embankments by the contractor. A rebuild is planned in NWNG style but altered internally to suit 21st century requirements, when funds become available.[citation needed]

Following reconstruction, the section from Waunfawr to Rhyd Ddu was formally reopened by HRH the Prince of Wales on 30 July 2003. Prince Charles travelled from Waunfawr to Rhyd Ddu by special train.

The station flower and shrub beds were laid out and are maintained by the local community enterprise charity, Antur Waunfawr. The Snowdonia Park Hotel adjoins the station and was built originally as the station master's house. Entrance to and exit from the station platform is by way of the hotel car park. The station footbridge links with a car park and a caravan park. Snowdonia Sherpa Bus services call at the station.

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Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Tryfan Junction   Welsh Highland Railway   Plas-y-Nant
Historical railways
Tryfan Junction   Welsh Highland Railway   Betws Garmon