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That long-winded station in the vale is up for sale

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch railway station is up for sale. The price tag includes a sign bearing the 58-letter name and a lesson in how to pronounce it. A consortium owns the disused station on a 50 -year lease from British Rail.

The price - $255,000 - includes a restaurant, parking lot, and a souvenir shop selling train tickets 10 inches long to make room for what some claim is the world's longest place name. In the Welsh language the name means ''St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio near a red cave,'' although there is no white hazel, whirlpool, or red cave anywhere nearby. Local people call it ''Llanfair P.G.''

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