Stesion Fein

Coordinates: 52°59′45″N 3°56′42″W / 52.99574°N 3.94491°W / 52.99574; -3.94491
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Stesion Fein
The station after closure, 17th March 1956. Looking up the line, towards the present Blaenau Ffestiniog Station.
Type Former station
Status Closed, demolished
Latitude 52:59:45.23N
Longitude 03:56:42.66W
Grid reference SH695460
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52°59′45″N 3°56′42″W / 52.99574°N 3.94491°W / 52.99574; -3.94491
For more information on the changing railways of Blaenau Ffestiniog see the Blaenau Ffestiniog page

Blaenau Festiniog Junction Station (nickname Stesion Fain [in English: Narrow Station] was a former station on the Festiniog Railway in Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was located just above Glan y Pwll Road Crossing and before the GWR Exchange station. The track through the site is level - this is followed by a 1 in 66 gradient up to the current Blaenau station.


Extract from a Bleasdale photograph showing a quarryman's train at Stesion Fain.

The station here was originally opened on, or shortly after 8th June 1881[1] to provide an exchange station with the then newly-opened LNWR station on the opposite side of the road. Because of the road at its rear, and an expanse of very boggy ground in front, the FR Co. station was quite narrow, but it did not need to be anything else as it only served passengers. All goods traffic was dealt with using extensive interchange sidings in the LNWR yard, on the far side of their station.

The FR Co. station had offices at the eastern end and toilets at the western end of the long platform, which was protected from Blaenau's notorious weather by a slate roofed, iron-framed, canopy. The station closed when the FR passenger service ceased on 16th September 1939.[2]

The Name[edit]

According to the nameboard it was called 'Blaenau Festiniog Junction' (spelt thus) and the second line contained the helpful information 'Change Here for Bettws-y-coed and Llandudno'. However it was shown in FR timetables as 'Blaenau Festiniog (LNWR)' or later 'Blaenau Festiniog (LM&SR)'.

Post Revival[edit]

In mid 1956, part of the station site was taken over for the construction of the access road to the Tanygrisiau pumped storage project. The station canopy, together with its cast iron supports and valances, was sold, to raise much needed funds, for the shielding of spectators from the worst of the Cambrian elements at Cae Clyd Football Ground, at Manod in the parish of Ffestiniog.

Prior to settling on the expanded GWR Exchange site, Stesion Fain was one of many possible terminus sites for the re-opened line. For some years in the '70s Princess was placed on display on a plinth at the site of the station to publicise the railway's rebuilding.

There is now little evidence of there having been a station on this site due to alterations to the alignment of both railways and the road to create the approaches to the new station. See the Blaenau Ffestiniog page for more information and photographs of the way the railway alignment from here onwards to Blaenau has changed.

There was talk of repatriating the canopy with the FR (Feb 2005), and subsequently the canopy was returned and the slates from it were used in the rebuilding of Rhiw Goch Signal box.


See also[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Maund "Blaenau Ffestiniog's Festiniog Railway passenger stations in the pre-preservation era", Festiniog Railway Heritage Group Journal, Issue 156, page(s): 42
  2. ^ Richard Maund "Blaenau Ffestiniog's Festiniog Railway passenger stations in the pre-preservation era", Festiniog Railway Heritage Group Journal, Issue 156, page(s): 46