Aug 2021 – Penygroes, Caernarfonshire.

RR 158 (Summer 2018) carried a note about this disused station. Originally a pub, it acted as both ticket office and waiting room for the horsedrawn Nantlle – Caernarfon services. The Nantlle Railway operated between 1828 and 1865. Officially, the passenger service did not officially begin till 11th August 1856 but from a local property advert of the time, it is known to have operated unofficially “several times a day” prior to that. The station became a hardware shop in 1925, taking its name Siop Griffiths from the proprietor’s surname yet its claim to be the world’s first passenger station is not entirely accurate as the Stockton & Darlington Railway’s 1825 ticket office at South Stockton is also extant. It has now reopened as Yr Orsaf (The Station), a community hub with café and accommodation. Further information can be found at (Chris Parker / Rhys ab Elis)