Pwllheli railway station


Pwllheli railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Pwllheli
other_name =
code = PWL


caption = The exterior of Pwllheli station
manager = Arriva Trains Wales
locale = Pwllheli
borough = Gwynedd
original = Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway
pregroup = Cambrian Railways
postgroup = Great Western Railway
years = 1869
events = Opened
years1 = 1909
events1 = Moved to current site
years2 = 1977
events2 = Signal boxes and 3 of 4 platforms closed
platforms = 1
lowusage0405 = 57,886
lowusage0506 = 60,403
lowusage0607 = 62,513

Pwllheli railway station is a railway station serving the small coastal town of Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. It is the terminus of the Cambrian Coast Railway.

History

The original station was built in 1869 by the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway, one of the constituent companies of the Cambrian Railways.

Following land reclamation, the railway was extended west, closer to the town centre, and a new station was opened on the current site in 1909. This station had 2 platforms and a small loading dock, a layout which survived until rationalisation in 1976..

A goods yard was developed on the site of the original station. The site also included a turntable which is now in the possession of the West Somerset Railway.

The Great Western Railway doubled the line between Pwllheli Station and the Goods yard in order to increase capacity, but the signals were removed in 1976, and the double track section now forms a long run-round loop for visiting charter trains.

Prior to the closure of the Afon Wen to Caernarfon Line in 1964, there were two named express services daily during the summer between Pwllheli and London:
*The "Cambrian Coast Express" ran via Machynlleth, Shrewsbury and Birmingham to London (Paddington).
*"The Welshman" ran via Caernarfon and Crewe to London (Euston).

On 12 September 1976 both signal boxes at the station were closed. The number of platforms was reduced to one. A supermarket was eventually developed on the redundant land.

Present Station

The station currently has one platform, a siding and a loop. Services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales and depart from Pwllheli for Machynlleth, Shrewsbury or Birmingham. Occasional charter services also terminate at the station.

rail line
next =
previous = Abererch
route = Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Coast Line
col = 30c5b8
rail line
next =
previous = Abererch
"Line and station open"
route = Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway

Cambrian Railways
col = GWR colour

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