Heritage Locations

Machynlleth Station


Attractive, near complete, mid-Victorian mainline station near the terminus of the Corris Railway.

Constructor:
T M Penson

Period of construction:
1850 - 1899

Transport Trust plaque:
No

Transport Mode:
Rail

Address:
Machynlleth Station, Heol y Doll, Machynlleth, SY20 8BL

Postcode:
SY20 8BL

Nearest Town:
Machynlleth

Heritage Centre:
No


Machynlleth station is a railway station on the Cambrian Line in mid-Wales, serving the historic town of Machynlleth. Built by the Newtown & Machynlleth Railway, it subsequently passed into the ownership of the Cambrian Railways, the Great Western Railway, British Railways (Western Region) and British Railways (London Midland Region).

The station was also served by the narrow gauge Corris Railway, which had its own station building on the north side of the main-line goods yard, accessible by a flight of steps from the standard gauge platform. Waggish porters were known to call out "Platform 14 for Corris" when greeting arriving passengers. Sterling efforts are being made to restore part of this attractive narrow gauge railway.

The station, the largest on the line, was designed by T.M. Penson, a Chester based architect who designed many of the stations in Shropshire and North Wales. A characteristic of those he designed on the Newtown & Machynlleth Railway was a picturesque cottage ornee style, built in snecked rubble with ashlar dressings, rustication, gable finials and detailed bargeboards.


Bibliography:

Baughan, P. A Regional History of the Railways of Britain, North and Mid-Wales. ISBN 0 7153 7850 3 (1980)

Biddle, Gordon, Britain's Historic Railway Buildings, Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0198662475 (2003)

Biddle, Gordon & Nock, O.S.,
The Railway Heritage of Britain : 150 years of railway architecture and engineering, Studio Editions, ISBN-10: 1851705953 (1990)

Biddle, Gordon. 'The railway stations of John Livock and T.M. Penson'. Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, 31:2 (1993), 61-71. Publisher: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISSN 00338834.

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Biddle, Gordon,and Spence, Jeffry, The British Railway Station, David & Charles, ISBN 0 7153 7467 2(1977)

Butt, R.V.J., The Directory of Railway Stations, Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. (October 1995, 1st Edition)

Christiansen, R. and Miller, R.W., The Cambrian Railways (1967)

Conolly, W. Philip, British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer, Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 0-7110-0320-3 (1958/97)

Corris Railway Society A Return to Corris (1988)

Jones, G.B., Railway through Talerddig,Gomer, ISBN 0 86383 813 8 (1990)

Jones, G.B., Great Western Corris, Gomer, ISBN 1 85902 079 8 (1994)

Jones, G.B., The Last Days of the Old Corris, Gomer, ISBN 185902 011 9 (2001)

Jones, G.B., Tales of the Old Corris, Gomer, ISBN 978 1 84851 021 0 2008)

Jones, G. B  and Dunstone, D., The Railways of Wales ca. 1900, Gomer, ISBN 0 85902 868 3 (2000)

Simmons, J., The Railways of Britain, Macmillan, ISBN 0 333 40766 0 (1961-86)

Simmons, J., The Victorian Railway, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 0 500 25110X (1991)



Opening Times:
Daily. See railway timetables, visit website or telephone 0845 6061 660.

How To Find:
By road: Off A487, on the northern edge of the town.

Facilities:


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