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Author Topic: OTD - 18th January 1965 - closure, Ruabon to Morfa Mawddach  (Read 464 times)
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« on: January 18, 2022, 12:23:16 am »

Of all the lines closed in the 1960s that I most regret never really knowing is the old Cambrian line from Ruabon to Morfa Mawddach, which closed from 18th January 1965.

The old railway now is ... a road in parts, a path in parts, a standard gauge heritage line in a part, and narrow gauge in another.   Fond memories of spots all along it over the years.























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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2022, 07:53:26 am »

What date is that timetable?

Some bits of it are most confusing. It took me quite some time to twig that the times for "Bala" are NOT the times for Bala Junction, but the times at what I think of as Bala Town on the Blaenau branch.

Then there's a couple of odd connections where it looks as if trains ran non-stop through Shrewsbury (one on the 08:35am up from Dolgellau and another on the 6:10pm down from Ruabon) - was that really true?

And there's the unbalanced 6:55pm up from Dolgellau on Sundays - was that the mail train perhaps? The weekday equivalent, the 7:35pm up from Dolgellau, looks like the return working of the 4:10pm down from Ruabon.  So did Sunday's train run empty out from Ruabon in the late afternoon - but not in service so as to avoid offending chapel-goers?
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2022, 01:13:30 pm »

What date is that timetable?

Some bits of it are most confusing. It took me quite some time to twig that the times for "Bala" are NOT the times for Bala Junction, but the times at what I think of as Bala Town on the Blaenau branch.

The timetable is a reprint of a 1902 original.  "Bala Junction" was, I think, purely an interchange and didn't show in timetables.   Here's a later example - 1960






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Then there's a couple of odd connections where it looks as if trains ran non-stop through Shrewsbury (one on the 08:35am up from Dolgellau and another on the 6:10pm down from Ruabon) - was that really true?

And there's the unbalanced 6:55pm up from Dolgellau on Sundays - was that the mail train perhaps? The weekday equivalent, the 7:35pm up from Dolgellau, looks like the return working of the 4:10pm down from Ruabon.  So did Sunday's train run empty out from Ruabon in the late afternoon - but not in service so as to avoid offending chapel-goers?

I am suspecting that the timetable I have (GW (Great Western)) does not show Cambrian services except where they connect (even if there is a long wait), so is incomplete from Barmouth to Dolgellau - figures as there's no times for Arthog or Penmaenpool
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2022, 02:08:39 pm »

Bala has note D by it "Passengers to and from Bala change at Bala Junc. by most of the trains". Hence the arrival times shown for Bala are later than the departure times.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2022, 04:46:54 pm »

And the 1902 one has an asterisk doing the same thing. But I still mis-read it! Doh!
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2022, 09:28:42 pm »

A close relative used that line at least once to and from a holiday on the coast there, which sort of emphasises that the through route is still something that's within living memory for many. Somewhere, lurking on Usenet, is one Eddie Bellass's unforgettable account of a footplate ride on the Bala-Blaenau Festiniog line.

Also, was it BR (British Rail(ways)) that sold circular tour tickets via that line and back along the North Wales Coast, or was it a train that actually ran right round, and marketed as such?

In the late seventies, BR sold an evening ticket covering all stations between Aberystwyth and Pwllheli at a cost (then) of 75 pence, which was good for a trip up the coast from Aberystwyth as far as Morfa Mawddach and a walk across the bridge. The Cambrian Coast line was about half an hour quicker at that time, which helped. But by then, even if Dovey Junction still had a singularly unattractive waiting-room-shed, Morfa Mawddach station was a single platform, and the line to Ruabon was history.
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2022, 04:44:18 pm »

If interested in this line, there is a long article in the February 2022 issue of Backtrack covering the Ruabon to Barmouth route.
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