Station Name: TREHOWELL HALT

[Source: Chris Parker & Paul Wright]


Date opened: 27.7.1935
Location: South side of Trehowell Avenue
Company on opening: Great Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 29.10.1951
Date closed completely: 29.10.1951
Company on closing: British Railways (Western Region)
Present state: Demolished
County: Shropshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ288368
Date of visit: 6.4.2012

Notes: Trehowell Halt was located on the Great Western Railway’s (GWR) main line that linked Birmingham to the River Mersey at Birkenhead via Chester. The section of line on which Trehowell was located (between Saltney Junction and Ruabon) had been opened on 14 October 1848 by the Shrewsbury & Chester Railway (S&CR). The GWR took over the line on 1 September 1854 (To read more about the S&CR click here).

Plans for the halt were agreed on 19 June 1935 and it opened six weeks later on 27 July 1935. The halt was provided to serve small settlements in the area. It was situated at the bridge which carried the Trehowell and Chirk Bank road over the line at a distance of 1½ miles to the south of Chirk station.

To the north of the halt was the 100ft high Chirk Viaduct a sixteen span stone structure engineered by Henry Robertson. When the viaduct had opened in 1848 it had been ten archs with timber sections at each end. The timber sections were replaced with stone in 1858.

The halt was very basic consisting of timber platforms with simple waiting shelters. The up platform (Shrewsbury direction) was on the north side of the road overbridge and the down (Chester direction) was to the south of it. Steps connected the platforms to the road bridge. At each entrance gate an oil lamp was provided.

The up platform shelter was at north ened of the platform and the down shelter was at the south end of its platform. The shelters measured 12ft by 7ft. Both platforms were just over 80ft long.

On 1 January 1948 the line became part of British Railways [Western Region] (BR[WR]).

The summer timetable for 1949 showed only three up and two down services Monday-to-Saturday as shown in the table below. No trains called on Sundays.

Up Trains – summer 1949

Destination

Down Trains – summer 1949

Destination

8.20am

Shrewsbury

12.54pm

Wrexham General

9.47am

Oswestry

5.47pm

Chester General

12.06pm

Gobowen

With such a poor level of service BR[WR]) notified the Ministry of Transport in a letter dated 27 September 1951 that they intended to close Trehowell Halt. In the same letter notice was given that a halt on the Ruabon - Barmouth line was also to close and it was explained that the annual takings for both halts in 1950 had been less than £4.

Trehowell Halt closed a month later on 29 October 1951. It was demolished shortly after.

The line remained a busy trunk route until the mid-1960s when many mainline services were diverted to other routes or ceased to run. By the late 1970s it had become a shadow of its former self with only an hourly DMU service in each direction.

Following a period of passenger growth in the first decade of the Twenty-First century the line was once again handling main line traffic.

Tickets from Michael Stewart and route map by Alan Young

Sources:

  • A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain - Volume II North & Mid Wales - Peter E Baughan - David & Charles 1980.
  • Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies - Christopher Awdry - Guild Publishing 1990.
  • Paddington to the Mersey - Dr R. Preston Hendry & R. Powell Hendry - Oxford Publishing Company 1992.
  • Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain - a Chronology - Michael Quick - Railway & Canal Historical Society 2009.

To see the other stations on the Shrewsbury - Chester General line click on the station name: Shrewsbury S&C, Leaton, Oldwoods Halt, Baschurch,
Stanwardine Halt, Haughton Halt, Rednal & West Felton,
Whittington Low Level, Weston Rhyn, Llangollen Road,
Whitehurst Halt, Rhosymedre, Cefn, Rhosymedre Halt, Wynnville Halt, Rhos, Johnstown & Hafod, Rhosrobin Halt, Gresford, Rossett, Pulford, Balderton and Saltney


The up platform at Trehowell Halt seen on 30 May 1947.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Simmons Aerofilms Ltd



Trehowell Halt shown on a 1:25,000 scale map that was surveyed in 1949 and published in 1957. The halt is shown on the map but not labelled as it had closed six years before the map was published.


A view looking north towards Trehowell Halt on 5 August 1951. The 2.55pm from Birkenhead Woodside to London Paddington tain has just passed through the halt which was at the bridge in the distance. At the head of the train is 'Modified Hall' 4-6-0 No. 6971 'Athelhampton Hall' (built in October 1947 and withdrawn in October 1964). The train would not reach London Paddington at 9.25pm.
Photo by Ben Brooksbank


Looking south at the site of the Trehowell Halt down platform in January 1974.
Photo by John Mann

The site of the down platform at Trehowell Halt (to the right) looking south on 6 April 2012.
P
hoto by Paul Wright

The down platform entrance at Trehowell Halt seen on 6 April 2012.
Photo by Paul Wright

Looking south at the site of the Trehowell Halt down platform (to the right of the line) on 6 April 2012.
P
hoto by Paul Wright


The bricked up entrance to the Trehowell Halt up platform seen on 12 July 2016.
Photo by Chris Parker


In this view from 12 July 2016 the site of the entrance to the Trehowell Halt up platform is shown. The different coloured brickwork shows where the entrance had been.
Photo by Chris Parker

 

 

 

[Source: Chris Parker & Paul Wright]




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