Station Name: COED POETH

[Source: Paul Wright]


Date opened: 15.11.1897
Location: A few yards north-east of the former level crossing on Ruthin Road (A525) close to its junction with Hen Ffordd Mwynglawdd
Company on opening: Great Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.1.1931
Date closed completely: 2.11.1964
Company on closing: Great Western Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Denbighshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ276522
Date of visit: 6.2.2011

Notes: Coed Poeth was situated on the Wrexham & Minera Railway which in its original form ran from a junction with the Chester and Shrewsbury line north of Wrexham called Wheatsheaf to a limeworks at Minera. The line opened in July 1847 and passed through the Moss Valley and Brymbo areas that had mines and ironworks. The line had two very steep rope worked inclines and two tunnels between Wheatsheaf Junction and Brymbo which were a hinderance once traffic levels built up. To solve the problem the Wrexham & Minera Railway (W&MR) company was incorporated on 17 May 1861 to build a three mile line from the Chester and Shrewsbury Railway at Croes Newydd to the original Minera line at Brymbo. The line opened as a single track branch on 22 May 1862 for goods services only and it was able to be worked by locomotives throughout. The original line closed between Brymbo and Moss but the rope worked incline on the east side of the Moss valley remained in use until 1908.

On 11 June 1866 the W&MR was amalgamated as the Wrexham & Minera Joint Railway with the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) as part of a plan to create a through route from Mold to Wrexham; it opened on 27 January 1872. The sections of line that did not form part of this route, including the route between Brymbo and Minera, were vested solely with the GWR in 1871.

The first attempt to introduce a passenger service onto the line had been in July 1866 but it failed as the line was deemed not to be up to passenger-carrying standards. The line between Croes Newydd and Brymbo became double track on 1 April 1882, and on 24 May 1882 the GWR introduced a passenger service between Wrexham General and Brymbo.

Coed Poeth station opened on 15 November 1897 when passenger services were extended west from Brymbo. Located on the north-east side of a level crossing, the station was on a curve, with its platform on the south-east side of the line. It was provided with a single platform, but there was a passing loop. At the mid point of the platform stood a single-storey brick building with a wooden canopy. North of the building there was a signal box with a brick-built ground floor and a timber upper floor. At the west end of the station was a water tower. The station was in a remote spot, almost a mile to the north of the village from which it took its name.

The station had goods facilities on the west side of the level crossing. A cottage stood adjacent to the level crossing on the west side, north of the line. Behind it were a loading ramp and two sidings. There was also a run-
round loop to serve the goods yard.

At the time of opening Coed Poeth was served by trains from Wrexham General; no passenger services were operated west of Coed Poeth.

On 20 March 1905 a ‘railmotor’ service was introduced between Wrexham and Coed Poeth. On 1 May 1905 the railmotor began to run westwards beyond Coed Poeth to a new terminus at Berwig Halt. The GWR Summer timetable for 1905 showed six railmotor services running to Berwig, and nine to Wrexham, three services having terminated at Coed Poeth. Interestingly even though passenger services were in the hands of railmotors the timetable showed Coed Poeth as being able to deal with horses, by arrangement only. On Saturdays the service was increased to fifteen trains. Often railmotors had to be replaced with a locomotive and coaches on Saturday afternoons as demand was so heavy. The railmotor took 25 minutes to reach Wrexham General from Coed Poeth, a distance of under four miles.

It was reported in a newspaper on 23 June 1914 that Suffragettes had burnt Coed Poeth station down as part of their campaign to obtain votes for women.

The July 1922 Bradshaw shows weekday departures from Coed Poeth for Berwig Halt at 8:00am, 10:05am, 2:28pm and at 3:45pm. There were additional departures for Berwig on Saturdays at 4:53pm and at 7:20pm but the 3:45pm service did not run. There were departures for Wrexham General at 8:25am, 10:39am, 1:13pm, 2:43pm, 4:05pm, 5:10pm, 6:15pm, 7:18pm, 8:22pm and 9:25pm. On Saturdays the 5:10pm service ran at 5:15pm instead; the 6:15pm at 6:30pm; and the 7:18pm at 7:50pm - but the 8:22pm did not run at all. There was no Sunday service.

Bus competition had started to make inroads into passenger traffic receipts by the early 1920s, and by the early 1930s passenger services on the Wrexham and Minera line were hopelessly uneconomic. The GWR withdrew the service completely with effect from 1 January 1931, and Coed Poeth closed to passenger services. It was demolished after closure, leaving no
trace. The line had been built to carry the products of local mines, quarries and steelworks, and without the passenger service it could concentrate entirely on this traffic.

The line remained busy into the second half of the 20th century although economies were made from 25 July 1954 when a number of the level crossings west of Brymbo, not including that at Coed Poeth, became unmanned. On 6 September 1952 the Manchester Locomotive Society ‘Denbighshire Rail Tour’ called at Coed Poeth station as did the Stephenson Locomotive Society 'Wrexham and District Rail Tour' on 18 April 1959.

Coed Poeth station closed to goods services, except for private traffic, on 2 November 1964. Goods trains continued to serve Minera. A brake van tour, run by the Wirral Railway Circle on the 24 May 1969, passed through the station site.

The line through Coed Poeth between Brymbo West signal box and Minera closed with effect from 1 January 1972, and it was lifted shortly after. The station was demolished, and by 2011 nothing remained.

To See a film of the Wrexham & Minera Railway click here.

Ticket from Michael Stewart, Bradshaw from Nick Catford , route map drawn by Alan Young.

Sources:

  • British Railway Companies, C. Awdry, 1990, Guild Publishing.
  • Clinkers Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales - 1830 -1970 , C. R. Clinker & J. M. Firth, 1971
  • Marcher Railways, by A. Bodlander, M. Hambly, H. Leadbetter, D. Southern & S. Weatherley, 2008, Bridge Books.
  • Forgotten Railways - North and Mid Wales, Rex Christiansen, 1976, David & Charles.
  • Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain, M Quick, 2009, RCHS.
  • Railway World - February 1987 - The Wrexham & Minera Joint Railway, Rex Christiansen, Ian Allan Publishing.
  • Bradshaw Timetable July 1922.

To see other stations on the Wrexham and Minera Railway click on the station name: Plas Power, The Lodge, Brymbo (GWR), Brymbo West Crossing Halt, Pentresaeson Halt, Vicarage Crossing Halt & Berwig Halt

See also Moss Valley Line: Gatewen Halt, Pentre Broughton Halt, Gwersyllt Hill Halt & Moss Platform

See Also:
Minera


Coed Poeth station, looking north-east in 1897.


Coed Poeth station shown on an 1899 map.

The crossing cottage at Coed Poeth station in the early years of the 20th century. A railwayman and his family pose for the photographer. The passenger station was beyond the level crossing, and the water tower, which was located at its western end, can be seen in the picture. To the left, out of view, was Coed Poeth goods siding which had its own loading dock.


Looking north-east at Coed Poeth station in 1948. Little had changed since passenger services were withdrawn 17 years earlier.
Copyright photo from the John Alsop Collection


Coed Poeth station looking north-east on 18 April 1959. Despite being closed for more than 28 years the station retained much of its original character.
Photo by R M Casserley


Coed Poeth station looking south on 18 April 1959. The signal box was still in use at this time. West of Coed Poeth, the line to Minera was worked as a ‘one train in section’ route after 1954.
Photo by R M Casserley


On 18 April 1959 the Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area) ‘Wrexham and District Railtour’ takes on water at Coed Poeth station. The water tower was situated to the west of the station. The railtour had visited Minera and was returning to Wrexham. At the head of the train were 16XX pannier tanks 1660 and 1635. Both were built at BR’s Swindon works to a Hawksworth design, 1635 in February 1951 and 1660 in February 1955. The former had only a short life of just over eight years when it was withdrawn from Croes Newydd shed, six months after this picture was taken in October 1959, and cut up by Hayes/Birds of Bridgend. 1660 lasted until 1966, being withdrawn in February and cut up by Cashmores in the June of that year.


The Stephenson Locomotive Society 'Wrexham & District Railtour' of 18 April 1959, seen departing from Coed Poeth station en route to Wrexham.

On 18 April 1959 the Stephenson Locomotive Society 'Wrexham & District Railtour' passes the Coed Poeth goods loading dock and heads over the level crossing into the passenger station.
Photo by H C Casserley


Coed Poeth station looking south-west in the mid 1960s. By this time only a single track remained at the station site.
Photo by John Smith from the John Mann Collection


The site of Coed Poeth station, looking north-east in February 2011.
Photo by Paul Wright

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[Source: Paul Wright]




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