Bryngwyn

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Bryngwyn
Previous Station Rhostryfan
Status Long Demolished
Gatepost on level crossing still extant
Next Station terminates here
Latitude 53:04:50.80N
Longitude 04:14:40.09W
Grid Reference SH497560

Stations Locations

Harbour Station

Coordinates: 53°04′51″N 4°14′41″W / 53.08092°N 4.24463°W / 53.08092; -4.24463

The Bryngwyn "branch" was actually the main line under the original NWNGR act.

Within a matter of two years, it had been relegated to a branch despite generating more revenue from slate traffic than the new main line. Named after an adjacent farm, there are a number of villages in walking distance. However, its main function was for the slate traffic arriving from the incline, at Bryngwyn.

From this isolated terminus, the cable-worked double track Incline led up to a point known as Drumhead (at Fron Heulog), where the tramways from the quarries converged. The head of the incline, or Drum head, or Fron Heulog, lay some 880m (957 yards) to the east. This rose some 245 feet in approximately half a mile (74.75m in 880m or 1 in 11.75). This incline is much less steep than many of its kind - though still much steeper than the main Branch. There is a long held rumour that attempts were made to work it using Beddgelert. Even when worked in the conventional way, it must have had its moments - not least as it includes a level crossing of a (then)(minor) public road!

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