Snowdon Ranger (Station)
|Snowdon Ranger (Station)|
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NGR:SH564551 Lat / Long :53.07408 / -4.14374
The station had a stone built station building, a water tank on a stone plinth, a signal box and a siding with a back shunt. The adjacent Youth Hostel was a pub in the early days, which resulted in a particularly discreditable derailment in 1883 when the train driver, fireman and guard had become over-refreshed on the premises.
The original documents from the Public Record Office show that the name Snowdon Ranger was in use at the opening of the line thither in May 1878 (MT 39 39 162). During the old WHR period it was known as Quellyn Lake Station but since the reopening it has been firmly set as Snowdon Ranger. It is now an unstaffed Halt.
At this point, it may be advisable to clarify a recurrent naming problem. Please see the Quellyn Lake entry.
The Receiver, during the closure years, allowed the tenant of the station building to live there rent free for so many years that he claimed adverse possession (squatters' rights) so the house did not come into the possession of the FR Co. during the rebuild.
The original Snowdon Ranger was the princely or royal official who had charge of the Forest of Snowdon or Eryri ( = land of eagles) in the mediaeval period. By the time of George Borrow (c.1850) the post had declined to that of a guide up the mountain from this side, hence the name of the former pub, now Youth Hostel.
 Car Park
There is no parking at this location
For general details see here
This halt is only accessible via a narrow footpath and there is no level access.
Trains will not normally stop here, as this location is classed as a halt, and not a scheduled stop. Passengers are asked to notify the guard, as soon as possible, if they wish to alight at this location.
Intending passengers, from here, are requested to hold out your hand so the driver can see you. The driver will often give a short "toot" to acknowledge he has seen you.
- see this comment about name changes.