Holland Arms Railway Station on the Amlwch Branch Line
Photo : Tim Snow

Amlwch Branch Line

After some false starts, a branch railway into Anglesey was authorised: the Anglesey Central Railway was authorised on 13 July 1863.

On 12 March 1865 a passenger service started from Gaerwen to Llangefni. This was worked by the LNWR, who had relented.

The line was extended to Llanerchymedd on 1 February 1866, and throughout to Amlwch on 3 June 1867. The final section may have been opened to goods traffic earlier, on 10 September 1866. The line was acquired by the LNWR in 1876

Also known as the Anglesey Central Railway or Lein Amlwch. This branch line is 17 1/2 miles from Gaerwen junction on the Holyhead main line, and four stations later before arriving at Amlwch station.

In 2007 The Anglesey Central Railway Limited incorporated in order to preserve and keep the line running. They are still very active, cleared miles and miles of the line and hope to release some good news soon….

Unfortunately like many other branch lines throughout the UK, this beautiful rural branch line closed to passenger traffic after the Beeching report in 1964. Several special passenger trains did run in 1992 and 1994 which were run by the Isle of Anglesey Railways Ltd.

Associated Octel who manufactured high octane fuel for aviation kept freight traffic from their works in Amlwch running until 1993.

New Lease of Life

On the 7th December 2007 the Anglesey Central Railway Ltd was incorporated. They have over the years been clearing the line and making it ready for the day that trains will run on this pretty rural line again.

After some false starts, a branch railway into Anglesey was authorised: the Anglesey Central Railway was authorised on 13 July 1863.

They had approached the LNWR to work their line, but had been rebuffed. A passenger service started from Gaerwen to Llangefni on 12 March 1865, worked by the LNWR, who had relented.

The line was extended to Llannerch-y-medd on 1 February 1866, and throughout to Amlwch on 3 June 1867. The final section may have been opened to goods traffic earlier, on 10 September 1866.

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Holland Arms Station looking North

Holland Arms Station

This is the first of five stations on the Amlwch line. The first station station was officially opened on 12 March 1865.

The original platform was on the Down (west) side of the track and had a wooden building containing a waiting room and ticket office on it.

This was replaced by a stone building in 1882. There was also a small goods yard on the down side, just north of the platform. In 1908 to serve the new branch line a second platform with stone building was erected on the Up side (east)

On 4 August 1952 Station closed to passengers and freight. Today (2021) there is only a single line passing in front of the station.

Llangefni Railway Station

The current station at Llangefni was built in 1866, although whilst the line was under construction a temporary terminus station was opened in 1864, which was situated approximately a quarter of a mile south of the current station.

A platform extension was undertaken in 1887 when the LNWR took over the line.

The current building is now privately owned.

Llangwyllog railway Station on the Amlwch ine

Llangwyllog Railway Station

Llangwyllog railway station is situated on the Anglesey Central Railway line from Gaerwen to Amlwch. The single storey station building with ticket and waiting room was located on the Down (west) side and opened in 1865. In 1890 the platform was extended.

A small goods shed was located north of the main building. In 1914 a passing loop was installed at the station, the only one of the whole Anglesey Central line. Another platform was also installed in the year on the opposite side of the line which had a wooden shelter on it

Currently the stretch of line in front of this station has now been cleared by the volunteers of Lein Amlwch, ready for when trains can run on it soon hopefully..

Llanerchymedd Railway Station

This station opened on the 1 February 1866. There was a single platform with a small station building located on the Up (east) side of the track.

Three sidings and two small goods sheds made a small goods yard, which was up on the up side.

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Rhosgoch Railway Station

It had a small platform on the Down (west) side of the track, the original wooden building on which was replaced in 1882 by a brick building.

To the north of the platform was a small goods yard. In the 1970s a private siding was constructed to connect the line to the Shell Oil Tank Farm nearby.

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Amlwch Railway Station

Opened by the Anglesey Central Railway, then by the London and North Western Railway, it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923.

The station then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The last trains operated on 5 December 1964 after which it was then closed by the British Railways Board.

In August 2020, a bid has been made for money to carry out a study to reopen the Anglesey Central Railway between Amlwch and the north Wales main line at Gaerwen. The plan is for regular diesel services for locals and occasional steam trains

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Update March 2021