- Ruabon to Barmouth Line
Ruabon to Barmouth LineLegend Shrewsbury to Chester Line to Chester Ruabon Llangollen Junction Shrewsbury to Chester Line to Shrewsbury Acrefair Trevor Sun Bank Halt Llangollen (terminus of Llangollen Railway) Berwyn Glyndyfrdwy Carrog (terminus of Llangollen Railway) Bonwm Halt Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway to Denbigh Corwen Cynwyd Llandrillo Llandderfel Bala Junction Bala and Festiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog Bala Lake Halt (terminus of Bala Lake Railway) Bryn Hynod Pentrepiod Halt Llangower Glan Llyn Halt Llanuwchllyn (terminus of Bala Lake Railway) Llys Halt Garneddwen Halt Drws-y-Nant Wnion Halt Bont Newydd Dolserau Halt Dolgellau Penmaenpool Arthog Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway to Pwllheli Barmouth Barmouth Bridge: Afon Mawddach Barmouth Junction Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway to Machynlleth
- At Ruabon, the line connected with the Shrewsbury to Chester line (part of the GWR mainline from London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside).
- At Corwen the line connected with the Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway line.
- At Bala Junction the line connected with the Bala and Festiniog Railway.
- At Barmouth Junction, the line connected with the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway.
The line opened in stages by various companies:
- Vale of Llangollen Railway - 1 December 1861 (goods); 2 June 1862 (passenger);
- Llangollen and Corwen Railway - 1 May 1865
- Corwen and Bala Railway - 16 July 1866 (Corwen to Llandrillo); 1 April 1868 (Llandrillo to Bala)
- Bala and Dolgelly Railway - 4 August 1868
- Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway - 10 October 1867
The Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway was absorbed by the Cambrian Railway which, with the other companies, was absorbed into the GWR.
The line was double track from Ruabon (Llangollen Jc) to Llangollen Goods Junction. Beyond, there were passing places at Glyndyfrdwy, Carrog, Corwen, Llandrillo, Llandderfel, Bala Junction, Llanuwchllyn, Garneddwen Halt, Drws-y-Nant, Bont Newydd, Dolgellau and Penmaenpool.
The whole line was closed to passenger trains as part of the Beeching Axe on 18 January 1965. Goods services between Morfa Mawddach (formerly Barmouth Jn) and Llangollen ceased in 1964. Although the whole line was planned to close for passenger services on 18 January 1965, services were suspended on 12 December 1964 following flooding. The section between Ruabon and Llangollen was subsequently reopened on 17 December for passenger trains until 18 January after which only freight services to run until 1968 when the line was closed completely. The section between Llangollen and Bala Junction was abandoned following flooding although a substitute bus service servive the stations ran until 18th January 1965. The section between Bala, Bala Junction and Dolgellau was reopened on 17 December and the section Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach reopened on 14 December.
Lifting of the track was completed in 1969.
Two sections of the line have been reopened as preserved railways; the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway in the early 1970s and the standard gauge Llangollen Railway which first opened to passengers in 1981.
A ten mile section between Barmouth Junction and Dolgellau is also used as the Llwybr Mawddach (or "Mawddach Trail"), a cycle route and bridleway. Conversion of the trackbed to a path was coincidentally assisted in 1976 when heavy floods washed away most of the remaining ballast.
Several sections have been used for road improvement schemes, including a mile and a half section through Dolgellau and the station site and trackbed west of Drws-y-Nant. The trackbed has also been redeveloped immediately east of Llangollen.
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.
- The Llangollen Line - Ruabon to Barmouth, by W G Rear & N Jones. ISBN 1-870119-10-X
- Railway Walks: Exploring Disused Railways, by Gareth Lovett Jones. ISBN 0-7153-8543-7
- RAILSCOT on Vale of Llangollen Railway
- RAILSCOT on Llangollen and Corwen Railway
- RAILSCOT on Corwen and Bala Railway
- RAILSCOT on Bala and Dolgelly Railway
- RAILSCOT on Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway
- Llangollen Railway site, including a detailed history of the whole line
- Gwynedd Council - Recreational Routes - Mawddach Trail
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