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The Bangor & Bethesda Railway was chartered under the London & North Western Railway Act of 1880 to build a railway 4 miles and 26 chains long from Port Penrhyn Junction, 52 chains east of Bangor station, to Bethesda, with intermediate stations at Felin Hen (Welsh for the Old Mill) and Tregarth. The Resident Engineer was Edward Walter Nealor Wood, C.E. (1856-1889) and the line was opened to traffic on 1 July 1884. The major engineering work was Bethesda Tunnel, 298 yards. The introduction of a steam railmotor between Bangor and Bethesda had a beneficial effect on traffic, but both passenger and goods traffic went into a long decline after World War I, resulting in the closure of the line to passenger traffic on 1 December 1951 and to goods on 7 October 1963.
Map of the Bangor & Bethesda Railway
A London & North Western Railway radial tank with a passenger train at Tregarth station in around 1910
"London & North Western Railway steam railmotor, of the type introduced on the Bethesda Branch in 1905
Bethesda station, 20 May 1961. Image Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
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