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Llanmynach Station
Llanmynach began developing, like so many coastal towns, in the Victorian era, on the arrival of the railway. The inhabitants of the industrial heartland found it possible to travel to the coast for the 'invigorating sea breezes and healthy atmosphere' of mid Wales and were encouraged to do so by their physicians. Slate had already been mined and quarried for years before, with packhorses bringing the finished slates to the coast for sending further by sea. Following several visits to the town by railway, a Midland businessman decided it would be viable to build a small line to carry the slates down to the town and exchange then to the mainline railway there. So began the development of Llanmynach. The delights of travelling over the little line were not lost and as the town prospered and guest houses and hotels sprang up, so the popularity of a trip over the 'toy railway' increased and became a required event of the week's holiday and something to write home about. The railway provided carriages and ensured that there was always a good service, at least in the holiday season, for passengers. The town of Llanmynach today enjoys a good tourist trade and in the Summer the guest houses and hotels are full, the beaches well populated and the economy thriving. The railway continues to meet the needs of local and slate traffic but is also able to cater for an ever increasing tourist role. It provides a very self-respecting cafe which has found favour with its own workforce, the tourists and of course the locals, who are able to have a cup of tea and a gossip before returning home on the afternoon train.

The goods yard is served by one goods platform, all goods being man-handled on and off the trains. There are three passenger roads with rail-level platforms, although one has a short raised platform. A two-road locomotive shed provides accommodation and servicing for six locomotives - this was the original and only shed but is now better described as the 'running shed', repairs and overhauls being performed in the workshops. Another road, primarily for the slate traffic, runs through a wing of the workshops and continues to the trans-shipment area. Two sidings provide mostly storage space for a variety of wagons. These nine lines converge to one single track, which then runs under the bridge carrying the coast road and into Tyddyn-Glas Cutting on its way to Rhyffedd Coed.

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Views of Llanmynach Station

"Argyll" arrives at Llanmynach with the morning down service from Tawel-Llety.
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"Snowdon Ranger" taking a well-earned rest after bringing a passenger train down from Mynydd-yn-Bwlch.
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Lunchtime at Llanmynach finds the unrebuilt "Russell" taking coal whilst "Lew" undergoes her regular 'shed day' and boiler washout.
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A quiet moment at Llanmynach finds rebuilt "Russell" waiting to take the mid-day passenger train to Tawel-Llety.
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'Lew' trundles under the coast road and rocks over the uneven pointwork as she arrives at Llanmynach with the down mid-morning passenger train.
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A busy scene at Llanmynach; rebuilt 'Russell' is being coaled, 'Argyll' takes water and 'Talyllyn' prepares to depart whilst out in the forecourt the local bus vies for space with an unexpected excursion coach.
Someone really ought to turn 'Argyll's' headlamp to face the right way!
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At the end of a late summer evening excursion and just before the shed doors are closed after a busy day, 'Lew' and 'Russell' are caught as they quietly sizzle and simmer in their stalls.
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© 2009 Buccabury or The L&TR General Manager