List of stations and halts on the Talyllyn Railway

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This is a list of the stations and halts on the Talyllyn Railway (Welsh : Rheilffordd Talyllyn), a 2 ft 3 in (686 mm) narrow gauge preserved railway line running for 7.25 miles (11.67 km) [1] from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1866 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, and was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. [2] [3] Despite severe under-investment, [4] the line remained open, and in 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. [5] [6]

Talyllyn Railway A preserved narrow gauge railway in Wales, UK

The Talyllyn Railway is a narrow gauge preserved railway in Wales running for 7.25 miles (11.67 km) from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1865 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, and was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. Despite severe under-investment, the line remained open, and in 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers.

Welsh language Brythonic language spoken natively in Wales

Welsh or y Gymraeg is a member of the Brittonic branch of the Celtic languages. It is spoken natively in Wales, by some in England, and in Y Wladfa. Historically, it has also been known in English as "Cambrian", "Cambric" and "Cymric".

Heritage railway railway used for heritage/historical/tourism purposes

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The main terminus of the line is at Tywyn Wharf (originally known as King's Station, after a local landowner), where the railway's administrative headquarters and the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum are located. Leaving this station the line passes immediately under the A493 Machynlleth to Dolgellau road and enters a long cutting that climbs towards Pendre. From Pendre, the railway climbs up to Ty Mawr bridge and on to Hendy, the first of five minor halts, which serves the adjacent farm. More local halts follow at Fach Goch, and Cynfal, the latter having a small platform. [7] The section from Cynfal to Rhydyronen was relaid in 1951 using rail purchased from the Corris Railway after the latter line's closure in 1948. [8] Rhydyronen, now a request stop, was the first intermediate station built on the line, opening in 1867. [9] Another minor halt follows at Tynllwynhen, before the passing loop and another request halt at Brynglas.

Tywyn Wharf railway station

Tywyn Wharf railway station is the western terminus and principal station of the Talyllyn Railway in Tywyn, Gwynedd in mid-Wales.

Machynlleth town in Powys, Wales

Machynlleth, sometimes referred to colloquially as Mach, is a market town, community and electoral ward in Powys, Wales and within the historic boundaries of Montgomeryshire. It is in the Dyfi Valley at the intersection of the A487 and the A489 roads. At the 2001 Census it had a population of 2,147, rising to 2,235 in 2011.

Dolgellau town in Wales

Dolgellau is a market town and community in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on the River Wnion, a tributary of the River Mawddach. It is traditionally the county town of the historic county of Merionethshire, which lost its administrative status when Gwynedd was created in 1974. Dolgellau is the main base for climbers of Cadair Idris.

Above Brynglas, the line enters woodlands west of Dolgoch, climbing steadily, then curves to the south east and crosses the Dolgoch gorge on the Dolgoch viaduct. [10] Dolgoch station is immediately east of the viaduct, situated on a left-hand curve at 187 ft (57 m) above sea level, and is the main intermediate station on the line, being popular with tourists visiting the nearby falls. The railway continues in a north easterly direction, passing Quarry Siding, where a halt and passing loop are located. The line continues its ascent towards Abergynolwyn station, situated on a ledge cut into the hillside. [11] This was the original terminus of the statutory railway, beyond which the railway continued as a mineral extension, now converted for passenger use. About three quarters of the way along the 0.75 miles (1.21 km) extension is the site of the Village Incline. From here the line runs into a gorge, high above the river on a narrow ledge, ending at the foot of the first incline leading to the Bryn Eglwys quarry. Nant Gwernol station, the eastern terminus of the line, was built here on the site of a set of three sidings which originally marked the end of the original line. [12]

Dolgoch railway station

Dolgoch railway station is a station on the Talyllyn Railway between Tywyn and Abergynolwyn, Gwynedd in mid-Wales. It is 4 miles 72 chains (7.89 km) from Tywyn Wharf. Unlike most places on the line, the station was built for tourist traffic, for visitors to the local Dolgoch Falls .
All passenger trains stop here to take on water on the up journey.

Waterfall Place where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of a river

A waterfall is an area where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river. Waterfalls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.

Abergynolwyn railway station

Abergynolwyn railway station is a station on the Talyllyn Railway at Abergynolwyn near Tywyn, Gwynedd in mid-Wales. It is 6 miles, 44 chains (10.54 km) from Tywyn Wharf.

List of stations and halts

NameImageDistance from Wharf [13] Elevation Grid ReferenceNotes
Tywyn Wharf Tywyn Wharf station.jpg n/a40 ft (12 m) [14] SH586004 The line's western terminus and main station. Location of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, gift shop and cafe. [15]
Pendre TywynPendre.jpg 0.42 miles (0.68 km)43 ft (13 m) [14] SH590008 This is a request stop serving the east end of Tywyn. Location of the locomotive and carriage sheds and workshops for the line. [15]
Hendy Halt Hendy halt - 2007-09-01.jpg 0.94 miles (1.51 km)57 ft (17 m) [16] SH597012 Request stop serving Hendy farm. [17]
Fach Goch Halt Fach Goch halt - 2007-09-01.jpg 1.44 miles (2.32 km)70 ft (21 m) [18] SH605017 Request stop on the occupational crossing, serving Fach Goch farm. There was a siding here between 1971 and 1982, used for dumping spoil. [19]
Cynfal Halt Cynfal halt - 2007-03-03.jpg 1.86 miles (2.99 km)91 ft (28 m) [20] SH610020 Request stop serving Cynfal farm. Has one of the smallest railway platforms in the UK, vying with Pentrepiod Halt on the Bala Lake Railway and Coed y Bleiddiau private halt on the Ffestiniog Railway for the title of smallest.
Rhydyronen Rhydyronen.jpg 2.15 miles (3.46 km)100 ft (30 m) [20] SH614021 This was the first intermediate station to be built on the railway, opened in 1867. It has a slate built waiting shelter and is now a request stop. A small slate quarry and manganese mine nearby once used the railway.
Tynllwynhen Halt Tynllwynhen halt - 2007-09-01.jpg 2.49 miles (4.01 km)102 ft (31 m) [13] SH618025 Request stop serving Tynllwynhen farm.
Brynglas Brynglas.jpg 3.18 miles (5.12 km)124 ft (38 m) [21] SH628030 Serves the hamlet of Pandy. [15] A passing loop is just west of the request halt, along with a siding used for engineering trains. [22]
Dolgoch DolgochStation.JPG 4.90 miles (7.89 km)187 ft (57 m) [23] SH650045 Provides access to Dolgoch Falls, a popular series of waterfalls. [15]
Quarry Siding Halt Quarry Siding halt - 2007-03-03.jpg 5.33 miles (8.58 km)202 ft (62 m) [24] SH654050 Request stop, once known as Tanycoed. Serves a small ballast quarry. A passing loop and ground frame is here to allow trains to pass, and a carriage shed is located here, known as the "Guest House" after a former member of the preservation society. [25]
Abergynolwyn AbergynolwynStation.jpg 6.57 miles (10.57 km)242 ft (74 m) [26] SH670063 The original passenger terminus of the line. Most trains stop here on the return journey for refreshments, as there are no facilities at Nant Gwernol. The station has a 650 ft (198 m) long platform, capable of holding two trains. [27]
Nant Gwernol Edward Thomas at Nant Gwernol - 2005-04-29.jpg 7.25 miles (11.67 km) [2] 270 ft (82 m) [28] SH680065 The passenger station was opened in 1976.

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Rhydyronen railway station

Rhydyronen railway station is a request stop on the Talyllyn Railway near Tywyn, Gwynedd in mid-Wales. It is 2 miles, 12 chains (3.46 km) from Tywyn Wharf, and was the first intermediate station to open, in 1867, a year after the opening of the line. A siding was once provided here, to serve a quarry and manganese mine, and during the Victorian era, a nearby chalybeate spring was promoted for tourists. Rhydyronen is Welsh for Ash Ford.

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References

  1. "About the Talyllyn Railway". Talyllyn Railway. 2004-10-29. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  2. 1 2 Mitchell and Eyres, 2005 page 7
  3. Boyd 1988, page 44
  4. Rolt 1965, page 50
  5. Thomas 2002, page 32
  6. Ransom 1996, page 139
  7. Potter, page 226
  8. Rolt 1965, page 43
  9. Potter, page 227
  10. Boyd 1965, pages 82–83
  11. Boyd 1965, pages 83–84
  12. Boyd 1965, pages 84–86
  13. 1 2 Jacobs, page 24
  14. 1 2 Boyd 1988, page 84
  15. 1 2 3 4 "Stations and Facilities". Talyllyn Railway. 2006-03-27. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  16. Boyd 1988, page 98
  17. Morland, page 83
  18. Boyd 1988, page 101
  19. Morland, page 84
  20. 1 2 Boyd 1988, page 103
  21. Boyd 1988, page 110
  22. Morland, page 123
  23. Boyd 1988, page 120
  24. Boyd 1988, page 131
  25. "The 'Guest House' opening at Quarry Siding". Talyllyh Railway. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  26. Boyd 1988, page 134
  27. Bate 2001, page 186
  28. Boyd 1988, page 159

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