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The new Caernarfon station building

Caernarfon is the the northern terminus of the modern Welsh Highland Railway. It is a distance of approx 39.44km (24.5 miles) from Porthmadog. The original Welsh Highland Railway never ran to Caernarfon, the present narrow gauge station opened in 1997 with the first phase of the modern WHR.

A new station building was largely complete in August 2018. It was open for the first time during 2018's Super Power weekend when it hosted an exhibition of railway paintings. Fitting out started soon after and the building was in use as a shop and ticket office for Santa services and over the Christmas week. After the end of the Christmas services the fitting out recommenced allowing final completion in time for the main 2019 season. The headshunt was lifted again and moved to its final location which will allow the runround loop to be lengthened a little further and provide space for two Garratts to run around simultaneously.

The new station was officially opened by Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the National Heritage Lottery Fund on June 14th 2019, along with the new building at Waunfawr.

Photo credit: Roger Dimmick.