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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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  • Got here for the early bird ride. Best one to do as it can get VERY busy later. We had a coffee from the cafe and it was expensive. £9 for 2 coffes and 2 flap jacks. Take your own. The journey up took...  more »
  • We had not heard a great deal about this railway journey so took a chance on what we might find. The train is a narrow gauge steam train with 2 classes of carriage, 1st and 3rd. However the 3rd is muc...  more »
  • Not cheap but cheaper than Virgin and with a great view!!. We actually boarded Plas y nant station and the return cost was £30.50 per person which for a steam engine stunning journey thru Snowdonia to...  more »

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