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Aberaeron Station & the Aeron Valley Railway

Under the direction of John Harford of Falcondale, Lampeter, a branch line was built between Lampeter and Aberaeron, opening in 1911. The railway station was officially opened on May 12th, 1911 by Lady Harford.  The railway was very successful, bringing both passengers and freight into Aberaeron from far afield.  As a result seagoing passenger trade declined very quickly.

Increasingly better road transport links, together with increasing numbers of private cars and more efficient road transport deliveries signalled the demise of the less important railways. In 1951 the Lampeter to Aberaeron railway was closed for passengers and carried freight trains only until it closed in 1965. The station was where the Jewson Builder's Merchants now stands. The iron bridge that you drive across to enter Jewson was built for the railway and can be seen in three of the photos below.

The opening of the railway on May 12th, 1911
by Lady Harford



Railway opening day May 12th, 1911
 
6 Photos below courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society.
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Photo courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society. Photo courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society.
Photo courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society. Photo courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society.
Photo courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society. Photo courtesy of Denis Bates and the Aeron Valley Railway Society.
Photo courtesy Nick Catford

Aberayron Station after closing in 1967
Photo courtesy Nick Catford

Photo courtesy Nick Catford

Aberayron Station after closing in 1967
Photo courtesy Nick Catford

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