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Railway Remnants in Gwynedd

Brief Snippets

  • The old Bala to Trawsfynydd line, disappears for a short stretch under Llyn Celyn. This new resevoir (for Liverpool) was, in fact, the reason for the pre-mature closure of the line in 1960. Liverpool paid for a connection at Blaenau Ffestiniog to allow trains north of the reservoir to travel via Llandudno Junction.

  • At Barmouth, the old signal box has the status of a protected building.

  • Beddgelert Plenty of evidence of the old Welsh Highland Railway, as well as those sections constructed earlier in 1900 as part of an intended electrified route. Explore these parts while you can before the railway passes thru Beddgelert again.

  • Bethesda evidence of both the narrow-gauge Penrhyn Railway and the standard-gauge between the town and Bangor. At the Bangor end both railways are used a part of the Lon Ogwen cycle track.

  • Caernarfon Lost its service in 1970. Now the terminus of the re-juvenated Welsh Highland railway. The branch to Llanberis is obscured thru recent roadworks. Hidden but accesible evidence of the Nantlle railway. Enter the town from North or South on cycle tracks built on railway trackbeds.

  • Llanberis Standard gauge has been re-used for roads and for a cycle track. Fascinating environs for the Llanberis lake railway, on the trackbed of the Padarn railway, and directly adjacent to the old slate workings.

  • Corris A section of the old railway is in the stages of re-construction. Old quarries are used for the Center of Alternative Technology and, in Corris itself, an attraction called King Arthurís Labyrinth.

  • The Croesor tramway can be followed from where it departs from the later Welsh Highland railway right along the valley until it claims up the hillside to Rhosydd slateworks.

  • Dinas Mawddwy station is now the Old Station Cafe, and the general area run by Meirion Mill. Adjacent to the station area is the Pont Minllyn, a packhorse bridge from the first part of the 17. Century, built by Dr. John Davies, a rector of the parish

  • The Gorseddau Tramway from the last century is still visible.

  • Dovey Junction Station, still in use, has the distinction of being one of the few British stations inaccesible by road (although you can reach it by footpath).

  • Llanfairpwll etc. etc.

  • Britannia Bridge

  • Dolgellau Station and line is now a by-pass. The line to Morfa Mawddach is now a cycle track.

  • Barmouth Bridge north of Morfa Mawddach. Cost of about 50p. for pedestrians.

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Bala area

The site of Bala Station, now occupied by a fire station. Notice the signal.
The line from Bala to Trawsfynydd, built to tap the wealth of Blaenau Ffestiniog and its slate industry.

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Caernarfon

see also
Welsh Highland Railway

Caernarfon Station, Welsh Highland Railway, July 1998
Looking North from the WHR station at Caernarfon, showing the castle in the background and the old standard-gauge railway in the foreground, turning away to the right where it went thru a tunnel underneath the town's main square.

This is an old tunnel used by the Nanttle Railway. A WHR train can be seen in the background (adjacent to the Lon Eifion cycle track). Where these enter Caernarfon by passing over the River Seiont, the Nantlle Railway turned thru this tunnel just before the river, and ran parallel to the river before crossing a bridge further down.

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Dinas Mawddy

Under construction

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Dolgellau

Under construction

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Llanberis

Under construction

Brian Daugherty