Tenby rail station

Tenby rail station

Whether you’ve just arrived in Tenby or are waiting for a train here, take a moment to appreciate the ornate Victorian station building.

The canopy over the platform is finely decorated, especially the original section alongside the building. Station canopies were often tacked on to station buildings, but at Tenby the canopy is integral to the single-storey building. The canopy’s roof balances the slope of the roof on the other side of the building.

The building was erected by the Pembroke & Tenby Railway, formed in 1859 by local businessmen including William Owen of Withybuch. It opened its first section of railway, between Pembroke and Tenby, in 1863. From 1866 its trains continued east to Whitland, and to Carmarthen from 1868, boosting Tenby’s holiday trade by providing connections from and to the wider rail network. Tenby station was enlarged to cope with the seasonal influx.

The task of building the railway was contracted to David Davies of Llandinam, Powys, and his partner Ezra Roberts. David Davies, whose statue overlooks Barry docks, was a fervent Calvinistic Methodist, and rail workers were encouraged to attend services at this local chapel.

Through trains to Tenby from far-flung places had to wait until the Great Western Railway’s broad-gauge tracks were converted to standard gauge, as used by the Pembroke & Tenby Railway. For many decades afterwards, summer Saturdays brought a procession of holiday trains from London, Birmingham and other cities. In the 1960s, however, the whole line west of Whitland was proposed for closure.

Today Arriva Trains Wales provides regular services from Tenby to Pembroke Dock, Carmarthen and Swansea. The tradition of summer Saturday holiday trains is maintained by through services from and to London Paddington.

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