Deganwy rail station

Link to French translationDeganwy rail station, Station Road

When the branch line to Llandudno opened in 1858, there was no need for trains to stop at what is now Deganwy. There was little here apart from a homestead called Tyddyn Deganwy and some houses, almost 1km to the south-east, beside the Llandudno to Conwy road (now Pentywyn Road). However, in 1866 trains began to call at a basic Deganwy station.

The station layout we see today was created in 1873 when the London & North Western Railway converted the Llandudno branch from single to double track, to cope with rapid growth in Llandudno’s tourism and population. The railway brought tourists to Deganwy, and Tyddyn Deganwy was expanded to become the Deganwy Castle Hotel. Fashionable shops were built along Station Road, and villas for wealthy people on the hillside behind.

Photo of Deganwy lengthmenAt the Llandudno end of Deganwy station stands a signal box to the LNWR’s standard pattern. Its main purpose today is to control the barriers on the Marine Crescent level crossing.

The photo on the right shows three platelayers at Deganwy station c.1953. In the centre is Sam Evans. Each length of track was assigned to a group of local platelayers, known as lengthmen. The railway company (British Railways by 1953) regularly awarded prizes for the best-kept lengths. Sam Evans’ son Bob recalls that Deganwy sometimes won.

Today Deganwy is a request stop for Arriva Trains Wales services from Llandudno to Manchester and to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Where is this HiPoint?

Postcode: LL31 9EJ

Other RAILWAY HiPoints in this area:
Great Orme Tramway
Deganwy marina - on harbour built by LNWR for narrow-gauge slate wagons

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