Three Welsh narrow gauge stations open in a week

By Cliff Thomas and Chris Milner

THE Vale of Rheidol Railway’s (VoR) new Aberystwyth station was the first of three narrow gauge stations to be formally opened in the province during June. 

On June 6, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, officially opened the first phase of the £2.2million Wales to the World transformation of its terminus (RM Dec 2018). 

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View of Vale of Rheidol’s (VoR) new Aberystwyth station. The entrance from the car park leads into the new booking office and shop, with the former GWR loco shed in the background. The VoR’s workshop facility is in the background to the right. CLIFF THOMAS

This has encompassed construction of new platforms to relocate the station opposite the former GWR loco shed, some 200 yards from its previous location in the standard-gauge platforms of Aberystwyth station.  

The station entrance, now immediately opposite VoR’s car park, leads into a new booking office and shop.

The platforms feature a new toilet block in the style of a GWR Pagoda building, a waiting shelter and 1930’s style lamps and posts.  

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Read more and view more images in the July 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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