Local carpentry students were able to work alongside Network Rail in restoring the station building, helped by the local community, who sent in pictures of the original station, ensuring it was restored sympathetically.
The station has been awarded the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award at the National Rail Heritage Awards following its recent renovation by Network Rail. The project was made possible thanks to support from Carmarthenshire’s Built Heritage Team and significant grant funding from the Railway Heritage Trust. A plaque was unveiled at the station today (Friday 19 January) to celebrate its recent success.
The station, near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire sits on the Heart of Wales Line, which is celebrating its 150 year anniversary this year. Adam Price AM and Jonathan Edwards MP, for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, joined representatives from Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales, Carmarthenshire Council, the Railway Heritage Trust and the National Rail Heritage Awards to unveil the plaque and take a tour of the Grade II listed building.
Network Rail won the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the ‘best restored structure’ at the National Rail Heritage Awards, for its extensive renovation work at the station. The award is to recognise, acknowledge and reward the very best in restoration, conservation and re-use of historic railway infrastructure.
The project offered a great learning experience to Heritage Carpentry students who were able to work alongside contractors, Towy Projects, on the carpentry repair work at the Station.
Thomas Owens, Arriva Trains Wales station manager of Pantyffynnon, said: "It's fantastic that our little station in the heart of Carmarthenshire has won such a prestigious national award. Having grown up just a few miles away myself, I know how important it is to the community here. We'd like to thank our partners in Network Rail for doing such a good job on the station as we begin a year celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales line."
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