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Caernarfon Railway Station, Caernarfon

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Caernarfon Station is the northern terminus of the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway, located in the town of Caernarfon. It was opened on 11 October 1997 when the line was constructed from Dinas.HistoryThe railway between Caernarfon and Dinas was formerly part of the standard gauge Carnarvonshire Railway, later LNWR and LMS, between Caernarfon and Afon Wen, which was closed by British Railways in December 1964, and the tracks lifted.Northwards of the present Caernarfon station, the former standard gauge line ran through a tunnel, which is now used by a public road, to the site of the original Caernarvon railway station station. The LNWR was under an obligation to build a station on this site (below Segontium Terrace), however the town corporation waived its claim to this station. The original line continued on to a junction with the Chester and Holyhead Railway just south of the Britannia Bridge, terminating at the now-demolished Menai Bridge Station.OpeningThe present station is sited on the former standard gauge trackbed adjacent to St. Helen's Road, opposite the former locomotive works of De Winton & Co and beneath the high retaining walls of Segontium Terrace, which can be reached from St Helen's Road via a pedestrian footbridge. The station buildings accommodate the booking office, a tourist shop and passenger facilities. In the winter of 2005/06 the passenger platform and run around loop at Caernarfon were lengthened to permit the operation of trains up to 10 carriages long.
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  • Caernarfon Railway station is not much to look at but it's the start of a magnificent journey into some of the best views in the country on the WHR to Porthmadog with on train catering and Welsh real ...  more »
  • Close to the castle on water front . loved seeing the little steam engins arriving . will be much betteragain when renovation is complete  more »
  • Took this trip on Sunday 19th. An end to end fabulous experience. The train left from Dinas as Caernarfon station is being rebuilt. The signposting from the town to Dinas was excellent. On arrival at ...  more »