Station Name: TALACRE

 

[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]



Date opened: 1.5.1903
Location: West side of Station Road
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 14.2.1966
Date closed completely: 14.2.1966
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Platforms still extant as are the overgrown stairs to the westbound platform. No buildings remain although a widening of the concrete slab platforms indicate where the building were.
County: Flintshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ116839
Date of visit: July 2006 & 3.2.2008
Notes: The Chester to Holyhead line opened in 1848 but Talacre was a later addition being opened by the London & North Western Railway on the 1st May 1903. By this date the North Wales coast had become a very popular holiday destination for the populations of the Liverpool and Manchester conurbations. At
Talacre numerous camping grounds had been opened
At up as the area was blessed with long stretches of sandy beaches.

Talacre Station would have been built to give the LNWR an opportunity to exploit this lucrative holiday traffic. The line at this point was by the early 20th century provided with four tracks westbound and eastbound fast and slow lines with the fast lines being located in the centre. Talacre Station was provided with two platforms located on the slow lines only.
There would have been little point providing platforms on the fast lines as long distance express services would not have needed to stop at this remote location. The station was served by local stopping services and holiday excursion traffic during the summer months.


The station was located on the west side of an overbridge and would have been provided with very basic facilities. It is possible that initially the station was of wooden construction but by the time of closure it was a basic concrete structure on supporting pillars.

By the 1960's holiday traffic had declined and as the station was in a remote location it was closed to goods traffic on 4th May 1964 and to passenger traffic on the 14th February 1966. A private siding remained in use after this date but that has now been taken out of use. Both of its platforms survive remarkably intact today.


Note: The top ticket is dated December 1899, three years before the station opened. The other tickets are from the opening day.

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, 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


Talacre Station looking west in c.1950



Talacre Station looking west in May 1999
Photo by Alan Crawshaw from his Bike and Trains web site

Talacre Station eastbound platform looking east from a passing train in July 2006
P
hoto by Bevan Price
Talacre Station looking west in February 2008
P
hoto by Paul Wright

July 2006

February 2008

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[Source: Paul Wright & Bevan Price]


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