A Bit Of History continued...
Being a prosperous market town Lampeter had a busy goods yard with a large shed built from local stone, and a considerable provender store. A large saw mill stood behind the station, and a lane leading to Station Terrace, with lines of small houses leading up into the town. Goods traffic consisted of milk (the Milk Marketing Board opened a distribution centre at Green Grove near Felin Fach in later years), wood (which was transported down to the mines in South Wales), coal, sheep, cattle and horses.
As with many small railways throughout the Country, Lampeter did not survive the Beeching Report. Passenger services had closed in 1951 on the Aberaeron branch, but the line was still open by virtue of the milk traffic from the factories at Green Grove. Official closure came on 22nd February 1965, with goods traffic lasting until the end of September 1973.
My personal recollection of the station is somewhat vague. My grandfather Geoff Charles was a photographer for the Cymro, and was also a keen railway enthusiast. He was on the last train to run from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth in 1973, and my mother and I went and stood on the platform and waved as the train went through. I was six! Geoff took some photos on the site in the mid 80's which are shown in the Gallery pages along with some photos taken by Barry Parks from Cambrian Models.
Click Here for some photos of Lampeter Station.