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This entry refers to the Ffestiniog Railway station at Duffws. There was also a Festiniog and Blaenau Railway station Dolgarreg ddu, which was located near today's footcrossing in the car park.
The Duffws passenger station (referred to within the Wiki as 'FR Duffws') first opened in January 1866 and led a chequered existence until final closure in 1931. The building remains today as a council operated public convenience, across the main road from the Queen's Hotel. A slightly odd feature of the building is that it does not appear ever to have had any doors in the rear, only in the platform side. Passengers approaching from High Street would have had to cross all the sidings to get on to the (ground-level) platform.
There was a Refreshment Room on the opposite (North) side of the station which appears in the background of many early photos of locos at Duffws, but it was probably not a railway-owned facility as it was outside railway premises, being separated from the station by the running lines, the mineral lines, a fence, and a public road (Dolgareg-ddu). Later pictures show it as the shop of J. Jones, Tailor, and still later ones show it boarded up. It was demolished by 1968.
There was also a large goods shed, of which no trace now remains.
Over time there have been at least 3 different spellings of the name: - Diphwys, Dyffws, Duffws.
In 1872 the station staff were as follows:-
John S Fraser, Station Master
William Williams, Telegraph Clerk
Richard Jones, Porter
Rees Williams, Porter
John Roberts, Oilman
and in June 1920 they were:-
Henry Griffith Griffiths, Station Master (also of Blaenau Junction)
Ivor Price Jones, Clerk
John Roberts, Clerk
David Owen, Porter
W.E. Richards, Signalman
Owen Jones, Porter/signalman
Jonah Jones, Porter/signalman
Alongside the terminating lines in the station there were through mineral lines connecting to two inclines to the east, one of which serves Diphwys Casson and Votty And Bowydd quarries, and the other connected to Maenofferen Quarry and the Rhiwbach Tramway. See Quarries.
Since 1979 a small diesel loco (Hunslet 2207) and two wagons have been on display here - the display was refurbished and slightly relocated in 2012 as part of a major regeneration scheme for the town, which included alterations to the car park area and construction of slate-built decorative features as memorials to the slate industry.