Live life on a working station along one of the UK’s most scenic railway lines

By Owain Betts

Commuting could be a doddle for someone wanting to live at The Old Station Master’s House at Caersws Railway Station in Powys, Mid Wales. The property sits on the station platform along the Cambrian Railway Line which runs between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth and links to the main UK rail network.
The Grade II listed property was once linked to the former Van Railway which was used to transport lead from lead mines in the area, with the line and Caersws Station managed by famous Welsh poet John Ceiriog Hughes.

Today, the property is privately owned and was recently renovated a dwelling and is being sold for £145,000.

The main railway station buildings and junction box remain the property of Arriva Trains Wales who operate the unmanned station along the railway.

“It’s definitely a unique opportunity,” said Neville Roberts of Morris, Marshall and Poole, the Mid Wales-based estate agents selling the property on behalf of a client.

“While the property stands along he platform, there is private access, a garden, detached garage and parking spaces. So it’s also self-contained.”

The station was built in the 1890s, although Caersws was already home to a terminus linking the railway to the Van Railway between 1871 and 1940, which spurred off to the Van lead mine. The line and the former Caersws Station was managed by Welsh poet John Ceiriog Hughes from 1868 until 1887 when he died.

The station remains a link between the rural community and the rest of the UK rail network. Trains currently operate in both directions, stopping at the station every hour in the week days.

"The property is situated in a beautiful area of Mid Wales with good communications and could be a suitable holiday home location,” added Mr Roberts.

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