Station Name: QUEENSFERRY

[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]



Date opened: 1.5.1848
Location: West side of  Station Road
Company on opening: Chester & Holyhead Railway
Date closed to passengers: 14.2.1966
Date closed completely: 14.2.1966
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Eastbound slow line platform still exists, although not rail-connected. The station booking office at street level is still extant and in use as a retail tyre business.
County: Flintshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ318684
Date of visit: July 2006 & 3.2.2008

Notes: Queensferry Station opened as Queen's Ferry on the 1st May 1848. The Station was part of the Chester and Holyhead Railway Companies line which was engineered by Robert Stephenson.

The line opened to Bangor on the 1st May 1848, between Holyhead and Llanfair PG on the 1st August 1848 and finally, following completion of the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Straights, in its entirety on the 18th March 1850. On the 1st of January 1850 the Chester and Holyhead Railway was absorbed into the LNWR and the line became an important truck route
for that company. Indeed the line was of strategic importance as it connected London to Ireland via the Holyhead Ferry.


Queensferry Station was situated on an embankment on the west side of a bridge that crossed a road that became Station Road. When the station first opened the line at this point had two tracks but later in the 19th Century it was quadrupled. Platforms were provided for all lines with three platforms giving four platform faces, an island platform being located between the up and down fast lines. The station was served by local and long distance trains and had substantial brick built facilities.

Queensferry lost its goods service on 4.5.1964 but a private siding remained in use. The station closed to passengers on the 14th February 1966; the private siding remained open at this time but later closed and the track has now been lifted. After closure the station was largely demolished but some sections of it do still survive including the eastbound slow line platform. In
the mid 1980's the line was reduced back to two tracks but it remains busy with a variety of traffic. The street level booking office is still extant and in use as a retail tyre business.

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, Connahs Quay, Bagillt, Holywell Junction, Mostyn, Talacre, Prestatyn (1st site), Prestatyn (2nd site and Dystrth branch platform), Foryd, Llandulas, Llysfaen, Old Colwyn, Mochdre & Pabo, Llandudno Junction (1st site), Conway, Conway Marsh, Llanfairfechan, Aber, Menai Bridge, Britannia Bridge, Gaerwen & Valley


Queensferry Station looking south east in the mid 1940's
P
hoto by Nick Catford



Queensferry 'up' slow line platform looking east in July 2006
Photo by Bevan Price


Queensferry Station booking office from street level in February 2008. The booking office was on the south side of the line at the east end of the station. The original roof detail can be seen behind the modern facade
P
hoto by Paul Wright

 

 

 

[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]


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