Ruabon to Barmouth Line

Ruabon to Barmouth Line
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Llangollen Junction
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Llangollen (terminus of Llangollen Railway)
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Bala Junction
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Bryn Hynod
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Glan Llyn Halt
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Llanuwchllyn (terminus of Bala Lake Railway)
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Llys Halt
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Garneddwen Halt
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Wnion Halt
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Bont Newydd
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Dolserau Halt
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Barmouth Bridge: Afon Mawddach
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Barmouth Junction
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Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway‎ to Machynlleth

The Ruabon to Barmouth Line was a standard gauge branch line of the Great Western Railway across the north of Wales which connected Ruabon, in the east, with Barmouth on the west coast.




The line opened in stages by various companies:

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.[citation needed]

Lifting of the track was completed in 1969.

Current status

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.



  1. ^ Awdry (1990); p 48
  2. ^ Awdry (1990); p 31
  3. ^ Awdry (1990); p 23
  4. ^ Awdry (1990); p 14
  5. ^ Awdry (1990); pp 13 & 14


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