Afon Wen railway station

Afon Wen Railway Station

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Afon Wen railway station

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Afon Wen was a railway station located in Afon Wen, Gwynedd.

The station formed a junction between the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway and the Carnarvonshire Railway.

History

Trains on the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway line were operated by the Cambrian Railways, then absorbed into the Great Western Railway. Trains from the Carnarvonshire Railway were operated by the London and North Western Railway and so passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The station passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was then closed by the British Railways Board.

Afon Wen is often quoted as a defining feature of the Great Western Railway in Wales, namely its inheritance of junctions in unlikely and inconvenient locations. Other examples are Moat Lane Junction, Talyllyn Junction, Dovey Junction and Barmouth Junction (renamed Morfa Mawddach in 1960).

The site today

Trains on the Cambrian Line pass the site of the former station.

The station buildings are now in use as a private home. The only evidence of the junction that can now be seen from Cambrian Coast trains is the earthworks of the line heading north and the island platform, although the branch side has been filled in.



In popular culture

  • Afon Wen station is known to many through the song Ar y Trên i Afon Wen (On the train to Afon Wen) by the popular Welsh pop group, Sobin a'r Smaeliaid, fronted by Bryn Fôn.


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