Station Name: CEMMES ROAD

 

[Source: Trevor Reynolds]




Date opened: 5.1.1863 (main line)
Location: North side of A489
Company on opening: Mawddwy Railway
Date closed to passengers: 14.6.1965
Date closed completely: 14.6.1965
Company on closing: Great Western Railway
Present state: The platforms have been demolished but the station building is now a private residence.
County: Merionethshire
OS Grid Ref: SH820043
Date of visit: Not visited

Notes: The branch had its own station adjacent to the Cambrian station at Cemmes Road. Freight services were withdrawn from 4.5.1964

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MAWDDWY RAILWAY
'The Mawddwy Railway' was a 6.75 mile long branch line from the main Cambrian Railway (still open) at Cemmes Road with intermediate stations at Cemmaes, Aberangell and Mallwyd. Although the area was Cemmaes, the junction station was known as Cemmes Road. The branch opened in 1867 and closed to passengers in 1901, closing completely in 1908.

The line reopened 31st July 1911 as a light railway supported by several local councils. The GWR eventually took over the line and passenger services finally ended in 1931 although the line remained open for freight until the early 1950's. The line ran through several remote communities in the Upper Dovey Valley and was never going to attract enough business to be viable. The situation wasn't helped by the terminus at Dinas Mawddwy being located about half a mile from the village centre, the local terrain making it all but impossible to get it any closer.

Dinas Mawddwy station served the Minllyn Slate Quarry with a short tramway running from the station to the processing mill at the base of a steep incline down from the quarry on the hillside above.

To see other stations on the Mawddwy Railway click on the station name: Aberangell & Dinas Mawddwy. No photographs are available of Cemmaes & Mallwyd



Cemmes Road Station in the mid 1920's. The branch to Dinas Mawddwy can be seen on the right
Copyright photo from John Alsop collection




Cemmes Road Station in August 1973
Photo by Alan Young


Cemmes Road signalbox in c.1974
Photo by Antony Ewart Smith

 

 

 

[Source: Trevor Reynolds]


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