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Written by Mark Bearton - 01 Nov 2004
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Location notes
Abergele is a small seaside resort on the North Wales coast between Rhyl and Llandudno.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services on this line are usually class 158 and 175 units with Virgin's services provided by Voyagers.
Also a regular morning ballast train from Penmaenmawr and an occasional nuclear-flask working to Valley.
Environment
Abergele is a comparatively quiet resort dominated by caravan parks strung out along the line close to the sea. The railway itself is adjacent to the beach.
Road directions
Abergele is on the main A55 trunk road giving easy access from Chester and the M56. Take the A547 junction and at the first set of traffic lights on the main street turn right and this road will lead you to the station. From the Llandudno direction there is a junction on the A55 leading onto this road itself.

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Abergele map co-ordinates
Parking
There is plenty of parking, including on the beach.
Public transport
Abergele and Pensarn station is served hourly by Manchester to Llandudno trains. There is also bus service 12 linking Rhyl, Abergele, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno which passes near the station and operates every 10 minutes (30 on Sundays).

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Amenities
There are shops, pubs and snack bars and a Kwik Save by the station and on the foreshore with also a small children's amusement park. There are more shops in Abergele town which is about 1/2 mile away.
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Abergele

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Photographic notes
There are plenty of photographic locations along this section of line with the light generally being best for eastbound trains in the morning and westbound in the afternoon. There is a footbridge immediately east of the station giving good views of the semaphore signals and also further to the east is a small foot crossing leading to one of the caravan parks.
Both of these can be reached from the sea-wall. To the west there is a further road bridge, and about a mile past that a good bridge at Hen Wrych. This is reached either by a 20 minute walk along the front. By car return to Abergele town and turn right onto the A547 towards Llanddulas. After leaving the town there is a castle on the left and half way along its perimeter wall there is a gate house with a lay-by opposite. The path crossing the bridge leads from this lay-by and over the A55 which is adjoining the line at this point. Bus service 12 stops by the lay-by.


General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

From the station

Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

From the foot bridge

Fig 3 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east

From the foot bridge

Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west

From the foot bridge

Fig 5 - Looking east



Fig 5 - Looking east

From the foot crossing

Fig 6 - Looking west



Fig 6 - Looking west

Hen Wrych

Fig 7 - Looking west - Image Jack Bowey



Fig 7 - Looking west - <i>Image  Jack Bowey</i>


Fig 8 -- Looking east - Image Jack Bowey



Fig 8 -- Looking east - <i>Image  Jack Bowey</i>


Location Video


The first 45 seconds of this video are another location, but the final shot is Abergele.

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