Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Temporary Station1925

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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Temporary Station1925

Postby RichardHC » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:35 pm

WRRC members will know that one of the major events in Wales each year is Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. Until it moved to its permanent showground at Llanelwedd,near Builth Wells (in 1963?) it moved round the country each year. In 1925 it visited Carmarthen and received over 52,000 visitors over the four day show. The show site was near Johnstown on the Great Western main line to West Wales and the road to Llanstephan. Apparently a temporary station was opened possibly called Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground or Llanstephan Platform (not to be confused with Llanstephan Radnor Halt on the Mid Wales line) to serve the event. At a later date a milk factory served by rail was opened on the same site or nearby.
Can anyone confirm the opening and closing dates of this halt? It seems likely that it was open for longer than the actual dates of the show due to the need to set up and dismantle the stands. Also, what sort of service was provided? Were the animals carried by rail to the show? Were normal service trains stopped at the station or was a shuttle service provided to and from Carmarthen. Do any photographs exist of this short lived station? Perhaps special trains were run from other part of Wales?

If anyone has access to copies of the local Carmarthen newspaper of the time there may well be adverts or announcements which will answer at least some of these queries.
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Re: Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Temporary Station1925

Postby Noel » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:03 pm

You could try the Newspaper collection of the British Library http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/news/blnewscoll/ and search on Carmarthen. I used to visit the former site at Colindale when I lived in London many years ago, but have no knowledge of their system now. A quick search on "Carmarthen" threw up two papers of the right vintage; there may be more I didn't find.

The move to Llanelwedd was indeed in 1963 http://www.rwas.wales/history-of-the-rwas/.

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Re: Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Temporary Station1925

Postby dwrathan » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:21 pm

Tony Cooke, in section 58, says the platform came into use on 19/20 July 1925. According to Clinker's Register the platform was closed to passengers on 8 August 1925 and the siding closed to goods on 18 October 1965. This mileage siding, known as Llanstephan Crossing, was moved to the west side of the crossing (on the up side at the site of the platform) on 12 June 1933. In GWR Halts, Volume 2, Kevin Robertson gives an opening date of simply 1925. Tony Cooke shews a platform on the up side only.
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Re: Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Temporary Station1925

Postby dwrathan » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:27 pm

There is a free website called Welsh Newspapers Online from the NLW.
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Re: Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Temporary Station1925

Postby Cwmtudu » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:33 am

Just as an aside, The Great Western Magazine for July 1925 reported that a new 21-lever interlocking frame was being placed in the signal box at Llanstephan Road crossing, in connection with accommodation to be provided for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.

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