Station Name: MOCHDRE & PABO

[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]

Date opened: 1.4.1889
Location: South side of Station Road
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 5.6.1931
Date closed completely: 5.6.1931
Company on closing: London Midland & Scottish Railway
Present state: Demolished - the site is lost under a realigned A55
County: Denbighshire
OS Grid Ref: SH823787
Date of visit: 10.8.2008
Notes: Mochdre & Pabo station was opened by the LNWR on their Chester to Holyhead main line on the 1st April 1889.

The station was located at a point where the line had four tracks but it was only provided with platforms on what were the slow lines. The platforms were simple
wooden constructions and only basic waiting facilities were provided.

The station was in a fairly isolated location and probably never generated much traffic. It was closed as an economy measure during WW1 on 1st January 1917, reopening on 5th May 1919, but an early closure was inevitable and the station permanently closed to passengers on the 5th January 1931. The station never had a goods service.

During 1982 and 1983 the railway alignment was altered to allow construction of the A55 trunk road. Effectively the railway was shifted to the northwest and the truck road was built on the site of the original trackbed. The site of Mochdre & Pabo station now lies buried under the road.

For a full history of the Chester - Holyhead line see the North Wales Coast Railway web site

Further reading: The Chester & Holyhead Railway by Peter E. Baughan (1972) - Volume 1 & 2, Published by David & Charles ISBN 10-0715356178 and Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Vol. 11, North & Mid Wales by P.E. Baughan, published by David & Charles (1991) ISBN-10: 0946537593. Tickets from Michael Stewart

To see other stations on the Chester - Holyhead line click on the station name: Sandycroft, Queensferry, Connahs Quay, Bagillt, Holywell Junction, Mostyn, Talacre, Prestatyn (1st site), Prestatyn (2nd site and Dystrth branch platform), Foryd, Llandulas, Llysfaen, Old Colwyn, Llanudno Junction (1st site), Conway, Conway Marsh, Llanfairfechan, Aber, Menai Bridge, Britannia Bridge, Gaerwen & Valley

An westbound express rushes through Mochdre and Pabo Station in c. 1925. The train is on the westbound fast line.
Copyright photo from John Alsop collection

The station is shown on a 1929 Ordnance Survey map. The modern inset shows how the railway line has been realigned and the A55 now runs along the old alignment

Mochdre and Pabo signalbox seen in 1930. At the top of the steps is signalman Edward Wynne who had first been appointed to that role in 1918 (but not at Mochdre and Pabo).
Photo from Alan Vincent

The site of Mochdre & Pabo Station looking north in the early 1960's
Photo by Dave Nicholas

Looking at west at the site of Mochdre Pabo Station in August 2008. The Station now lies buried beneath the A55 Trunk Road. To the right of the picture the Chester to Holyhead line on its 1980s alignment can be seen. The line was moved towards the north to accommodate the road.
hoto by Paul Wright




[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]

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