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Great Western Railway of England - Arrangements at Fishguard (1913)

The Train to London from Fishguard

The inauguration of Fishguard as a Port of Call has brought New York 5 hours nearer to London, and in many instances by landing at Fishguard Passengers save nearly a whole day.

Fishguard Bay is protected on the East, South and West by headlands and hills 300 or 400 feet high, and to the North by a substantial breakwater 2,900 feet in length. The bay is 3 1/2 miles across.

Commodious steam tenders meet all Liners on arrival at Fishguard and convey Passengers to the landing quay


Fishguard Harbour Station is on the quay, and on landing Passengers only have a few paces to walk to the trains. Refreshment and waiting room accommodation is provided, whilst on a commanding position above the quays, and overlooking the bay, the Great Western Railway Company have under their own management the Fishguard Bay Hotel, where Passengers desirous of breaking the journey ;at Fishguard and spending a day-or two in enjoying the attractions of the neighbourhood will find every comfort.

A Cable and Telegraph Office is situated at the Station for transmitting messages to all parts of the world.


Passengers are relieved of all trouble in connection with their baggage by the Great Western Railway Staff, who will land it, unpack for the British Customs examination, repack, and label to destination station.

Baggage can be warehoused at a small charge, if desired, or will be sent by Passenger Train to destination station free (if within weight allowed) and warehoused there.

The Company will also, if required, arrange for its delivery at destination.

Baggage in the following quantities may be taken by every Ocean Passenger without extra charge :

  • 1st Class Passenger :- 204 lbs.
  • 3rd Class Passenger :- 120 lbs.

Any excess being charged at the ordinary Excess Luggage rate.

Heavy luggage can be left in charge of the Harbour Officials, to be forwarded as Freight, at Cheaper rates.


Special Express Trains equipped with Restaurant Cars are usually run from Fishguard as soon as the Passengers are landed from the Ocean Steamers, These Trains run to London (Paddington Station) stopping at Cardiff to make connections for the West, North, South, and Midlands of England.

The time occupied by boat specials from Fishguard to Cardiff is 2 hours 20 minutes, and the journey throughout from Fishguard to London completed under 5 hours.

If the number of Passengers landing from an Ocean Steamer on any occasion does not warrant the running of a Special Train, through carriages to London will be provided on one of the regular Express Trains.


Passengers for Paris, and the Continent generally, by landing at Fishguard reach their destination practically a day earlier than by any other route.


Paddington Station circa 1913

Paddington Station circa 1913

Passengers for Ireland landing at Fishguard can proceed from there by the Great Western Railway Turbine Steamers every week-day after the arrival of the Boat Expresses from Paddington, due at 2.15 a.m. and 2.15 p.m., to Rosslare ; on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11.25 p.m. to Cork, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at .45 'p m. to Waterford, from which ports convenient fast Trains run into the interior of the country.


The following fares are in operation for Ocean Passengers landing at Fishguard

Fishguard To Single Journey
English Currency American Currency
First Class Third Class First Class Third Class
s.  d. s.  d. USD USD
London (Paddington) 34 0 19 0 $ 8.30 $ 4.64
Bath 27 6 14 4 $ 6.71 $ 3.50
Birmingham 29 0 14 11 $ 7.08 $ 3.64
Bristol 25 9 13 4 $ 6.29 $ 3.26
Cardiff 18 9 9 10 $ 4.58 $ 2.40
Cork (direct) 15 0 10 0 $ 3.66 $ 2.44
Dublin via Rosslare (Kingsbridge) and Kilkennv 34 0 18 0‡ $ 8.30 $ 4.40 ‡
Dublin via Rosa-(Harcourt Street) - tare and (Westland Row) ) Wexford  27 0 15 5‡ $ 6.59 $ 3.77 ‡
Killarney (via Rosslare) 33 3 18 6‡ $ 8.12 $ 4.52 ‡
Oxford 35 0 18 0 $ 8.54 $ 4.40
Paris (via Dover) 99 8 59 8† $ 24.32 $ 14.56 †
Paris (via Folkestone) 93 0 54 8† $ 22.70 $ 13.34 †
Stratford 30 0 15 6 1/2 $ 7.32 $ 3.80
Waterford (via Rosslare) 14 0 9 0 $ 3.42 $ 2.20

‡ Third Class Rail and Saloon on Boat Tickets are also issued at 5s. 6d. ($1.35) over the Third Class fare.

† Third Class to London, Second London to Paris.


Single Tickets and Outward Halves of Return Tickets between Fishguard and London are available for three months if purchased in America, or on board Ocean Liners from America. In other circumstances they are available for ten days.

Passengers are permitted co breakthe journey at any station on the route, provided the journey be completed within the periods named above. Return Tickets are available for six months.

In addition to the Direct Service from Fishguard to London, tickets may be obtained from the G.W.R. General Agent, 501, Fifth Avenue, New York, or at Fishguard Station for several alternative routes, which are available for three months and admit of break of journey at the principal places of interest, finishing at London (Paddington Station).

It will be seen from the particulars given below that these Tickets offer Ocean Passengers the selection of several comprehensive Tours through the most delightful parts of historic England and Wales, at a cost slightly in excess of the through direct fares :—

From Fishguard to London by Fares
English Currency American Currency
First Class Third Class First Class Third Class
₤ s. d. ₤ s. d. USD USD
TOUR No. 1 :- Via Carmarthen, Aberystwyth, Bar-mouth, Dolgelley, Bala, Llangollen, Ru a bon Che s ter , Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Stratford on-Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Oxford and Windsor 3 1 0 1 12 0 $14.89 $7.81
TOUR No. 2 :- Via Carmarthen, Aberystwyth, Bar-mouth, Dolgelley, Bala, Llangollen, Ruabon, Chester, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Worcester, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Oxford and Windsor 3 1 0 1 12 0  $14.89 $7.81
TOUR No. 3 :- Via Carmarthen, Aberystwyth, Bar mouth, Dolgelley, Bala, Llangollen, Ruabon, Chester, Shre wsbury, Hereford Abergavenny, Bristol, Bath and Windsor 3 9 0 1 15 6  $16.84 $8.67
TOUR No. 4 :- Via Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, Carmarthen, Cardiff, Newport, Chepstow, Ti n t ern, Monmouth, Ross, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Chester, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Oxford and Windsor. Passengers pay small charge for Ferry service, Neyland to Pembroke Dock 3 4 0 1 13 0 $15.62 $8.00
TOUR No. 15 :- Via Chepstow, Tintern, Monmouth, Ross, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Oxford and Windsor 2 8 0 1 5 0 $11.72 $8.10


PASSENGERS LANDING AT Fishguard) from Cunard Liners whose destination is London or Paris can obtain their Railway Coupons or Tickets before embarking from any of the Cunard Company's principal offices in America.

Passengers for other places are handed vouchers which have to be exchanged at the Booking Office for tickets without further payment. By the Booth Line orders are in all cases supplied by the pursers to be exchanged at the Booking Office on the landing stage for a railway ticket.


If accommodation be required at the Great Western Royal Hotel, Paddington Station, London, the Company's Officials will upon notification telegraph, free of charge, for reservation to be made. Private omnibuses can be ordered in the same way.


Great Western Railway Time Tables, Pamphlets, etc., are on board the Liners for reference.

Source: Great Western Railway of England, Handbook for Travellers from Over-seas, April, 1913 Brochure

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