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Minor halts on the Talyllyn Railway

This is a list of the stations and halts on the Talyllyn Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Talyllyn), a 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]

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 station at Brynglas.

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 halfway 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]

List of stations and halts

Name Image Distance from Wharf[13] Elevation Grid Reference Notes
Tywyn Wharf n/a 40 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 0.42 miles (0.68 km) 43 ft (13 m)[14] SH590008 Serving the east end of Tywyn. Location of the locomotive and carriage sheds and workshops for the line.[15]
Hendy Halt 0.94 miles (1.51 km) 57 ft (17 m)[16] SH597012 Request stop serving Hendy farm.[17]
Fach Goch Halt 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 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 and Bryn Hynod on the Bala Lake Railway for the title of smallest.
Rhydyronen 2.15 miles (3.46 km) 100 ft (30 m)[20] SH614021 The first intermediate station on the line, opened in 1867. A small slate quarry and manganese mine nearby once used the railway.
Tynllwynhen Halt 2.49 miles (4.01 km) 102 ft (31 m)[13] SH618025 Request stop serving Tynllwynhen farm.
Brynglas 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 station, along with a siding used for engineering trains.[22]
Dolgoch 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 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 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 7.25 miles (11.67 km)[2] 270 ft (82 m)[28] SH680065 Originally the terminus of the mineral line from Abergynolwyn. The passenger station was opened in 1976.

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External links

  • Talyllyn Railway website
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