Station Name: RHOSDDU HALT

[Source: Paul Wright]


Date opened: July 1906
Location: South of the new A483 road bridge
Company on opening: Great Central Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.3.1917 used by workmen until after 1923
Date closed completely: Used by workmen until after 1923
Company on closing: Great Central Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Denbighshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ328522
Date of visit: 9.4.2011

Notes: Rhosddu Halt was situated on the Great Central Railway’s (GCR) Wrexham Central to Bidston line, the first section of which had originally been opened from Wrexham to Buckley in 1866 by the Wrexham, Mold & Connahs Quay Railway (WM&CQR). The line had become part of the GCR on 1st January 1905. On 1st August 1889 the WM&CQR started to operate a passenger service between Wrexham Central and Brymbo. Brymbo was the northern terminus of a line that branched off the main line less than half-a-mile to the north of Rhossdu.

In 1905 the GCR introduced a ‘railmotor’ onto the Brymbo service and added halts to secure more traffic. In July 1906 Rhosddu Halt was opened east of a road bridge which provided access to Wrexham Colliery. Being on a double-track railway it had two platforms which were linked to the road by a sloping footpath.

Although Rhosddu was located on the main line it was served only by passenger trains between Brymbo and Wrexham Central. There were four services in each direction on Monday to Friday but an additional six services ran on Saturdays. The GCR service to Brymbo struggled to compete with a GWR service that also ran from Wrexham to the village. By the end of the first decade of the 20th century a bus service was also competing against the railway. On 1st March 1917 the GCR withdrew the passenger service from
Brymbo to Wrexham Central, and Rhosddu Halt closed to regular passenger services. The halt was used by workmen’s trains up to and after 1923, by which time it had become part of the London & North Eastern Railway.

By the 1930s the halt had been demolished. Passenger services continue to pass its site.

Sources:

Ticket from Michael Stewart, route map drawn by Alan Young, Bradshaw from Chris Hind.

To see other stations on the Wrexham Central to Bidston Line click

Wrexham Central, Wrexham Exchange, Hope High Level, Buckley (1st station), Chester Golf Club Halt, Birkenhead Junction Golf Club Platform, Sealand Rifle Range Halt, Burton Point, Storeton,

See also
Liscard & Poulton, Seacombe

See also stations on the WMCQR Brymbo Branch

Highfield Road Halt, Moss & Pentre, New Broughton Road Halt, Plas Power (WM&CQR), Brymbo (WM&CQR)

See also
Rhosddu Motive Power Depot


Looking northwest at the site of Rhosddu Station in April 2011. The concrete bridge in the background was built long after the station closed and carries the A483 over the line. Just in front of the A483 bridge can be seen the remains of an earlier bridge that was present when the station was open. Paths had originally led down to the platforms from that bridge
P
hoto by Paul Wright


1912 1" OS map

1912 1:2,500 OS map

The site of Rhosddu Halt looking south east in April 2011. A bridge that carried the access road to Wrexham Colliery passed over the line at this point, the remains of which can be seen to the left and right. The halt's platforms were south of the bridge.
Photo by Paul Wright

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[Source: Paul Wright]




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