Aberystwyth Railway Station: Memories and the Rokeby Collection by Reina van der Wiel
* (In fact, he covered the whole of the UK, but the collection was divided between the three (then) Royal Commissions – the English, Scottish and Welsh.) The Welsh collection held in the National Monuments Record of Wales consists of nine albums, some including route maps showing where the lines ran.
Not only is this a striking image, capturing what the rail station looked like in the mid-twentieth century, but Aberystwyth Railway Station holds a particularly dear place in my heart. I moved to Aberystwyth in January 2015 but for the first year (until I started at the Royal Commission in January 2016) I worked in London, where we’d previously lived. Every Tuesday morning at 5.10am my husband and I would walk to the train station for me to get the 5.30am train. You might think that this would be a quiet time of day; think again: in Aberystwyth you are accompanied by the sound of shrieking gulls! While I can’t say I miss the 5-hour commute, whenever I see this picture it reminds me of my first year in Aber. As many people before me, I felt at home as soon as I set foot on that platform for the first time.
* This particular photo is not dated. Do let us know if you have ideas on when it was taken!
By Reina van der Wiel, Governance and Risk Manager