Carnarvonshire Railway

Carnarvonshire Railway

Carnarvonshire Railway

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The Carnarvonshire Railway was a railway connecting Caernarvon railway station (terminus of the Bangor and Caernarvon Railway line from Bangor) with Afon Wen.


It was later operated by the LNWR then the LMS. At Afon Wen, a junction connected with the Cambrian Line (GWR) to Pwllheli in one direction and to Porthmadog in the other, with LNWR/LMS running rights to both. The line had two branches, one from Caernarfon to Llanberis, which was built by the Carnarvon and Llanberis Railway and the other from Penygroes to Talysarn (Nantlle), which formed part of the narrow gauge Nantlle Railway, which between Penygroes and Caernarvon had been incorporated into the Carnarvonshire Railway.


Regular passenger service on the Llanberis branch ceased in the 1932 (but summer passenger excursions from Llandudno etc. continued until 1962). Likewise the Talysarn branch passenger service ceased early. The remaining lines and services were shut completely as part of the Beeching Axe as follows:

  • Afon Wen to Caernarvon - December 1964
  • Llanberis to Caernarvon - December 1964

Trackbed re-use

A section of the line, from Caernarvon to Dinas, was incorporated into the reopened narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway as the first phase of the line, in 1997. Several miles of the trackbed southwards from Dinas have been used to improve the A487 road. Some original sections remain and have been used as part of National Cycle Route 8.

The cycle route (Lôn Eifion)...
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