Harbour Station Remodelling

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Please note that this article describes an early version of the plan. It was later decided to add a run-round loop north of the WHR platform line, which involved moving the new platform and tracks further south.

In line with the re-opening of the Welsh Highland railway through to Porthmadog, there are changes afoot in the layout of Harbour Station.

Progress reports have appeared in FRM-193 from Paul Lewin, and FRM-195 from David High.

As of 15 October 2007, shortly before work is due to start, here is the current planned layout from WHRCL. This is identical to the version that appeared in FRM-195. There are changes that will be made to the layout of the sidings and how they are fed off 3 road.

Click on the Picture for large version. Supplied by David High © 2007 WHRCL

The WHR line comes in at top left of picture and runs at a 45 degree slop to join the FR line at the bottom right. The platform is the shaded area, now covering what was 1 road (the full black line in the shaded area) The Cob Record store is the rectangular building at the top The trackwork at the water tower end of all the Harbour roads is subject to change for operational requirements

There are also some documents, copyright © WHRCL, which are available to view. It should be noted that these are the planned arrangements as of the date that appears on them.

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Harbour Station Section

The temporary layout.

The 'temporary' connection made in 2008 was used for a limited number of trains each day during the 2011 season. Popularity of these trains, together with the opening of the Porthmadog bypass in October 2011 has meant that the intention for the 2012 season will see all WHR trains terminating at Harbour Station, even though this requires a pilot loco to haul trains on and off the cob from the one platform.

This in turn has led to pressure to complete the changes proposed for the WHRs' arrival.

Initial Work begins.

In late 2011 the initial works were carried out to start the ‘Cob widening project’ to makeup new land to build a second platform for Harbour Station. This involves removing the built up sea wall, pole carrying lights and a webcam, and building the haul road access.

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