82031 1959c Afon Wen
Andrew Dyke says "Taking time to study this shot and cross-referencing it with the STT summer 1959 I'd wager a small bet that this is a morning shot . An exquisite scene at Afon Wen showing BR Standard 3MT class 2-6-2T No 82031 shunting the 8.23 am freight from Barmouth on an August morning in 1959. This freight was due into Afon Wen at around 10.27 am and was due to cross the 10.25 am Pwllheli to Barmouth passenger service at around 10.37 am hauled on this occasion by BR Standard 4MT class 4-6-0 No 75020. The freight had 23 minutes to knock in and pull out out any traffic which on this occasion looks to be a 12Ton covered van and possibly an ex GWR 'Mink 'A' van. being propelled onto the waiting consist. "
Peter Kerslake says "This splendid view of the eastern side shows how exposed the station was to the waters of Tremadoc Bay visible on the right, especially during the stormy winter months when spray would often be blown across the station and its platforms.
Located around 27 miles from Barmouth, Afonwen was the junction by which services from the former L&NWR line running southwards from North Wales met to the Cambrian so the station was a busy location especially during the summer months with holiday traffic at its peak .
The stock siding on the right, known as the "Machine Siding" and occupied with a couple of open wagons with empty coaching stock beyond, could hold fifty wagons and the station extended over half a mile in length."
Photo: Kenneth Field/Rail Archive Stephenson