Railway Remnants in Glamorgan

  • The Barry Railway main line ran thru the present-day Glamorgan University (underneath the refectory) where it disappeared under a tunnel on the north side to burrow under Pontypridd. Its northern end was at Trehafod in the Rhondda, where now exists the Barry Sidings Countryside Park.

  • A branch line of the Barry Railway cut eastwards across Walnut Tree Viaduct, north of Tongwynlais in Cardiff, where a couple of piers can still be seen. In the next valley, the stump of the Llanbradach Viaduct can be seen near the station of Llanbradach, north of Caerphilly.

  • The grandly-named Harold Wilson Industrial Estate in Caerffili is the old Locomotive and Carriage Works of the Rhymney Railway - later GWR and closed by BR in the 1960's. The carriage works has recently been demolished because the building was unsafe. Previously a small section of track leading up to the mainline was used by the Caerphilly Railway Society.

  • The Taff Trail from Cardiff to Brecon utilizes several old railways.

  • Cardiff The Roath branch is mostly used for the A48 Eastern Avenue, but in the area north of Roath Park recreation ground, you can see a bridge and some remnants of the old railway. It used to go under Penylan Hill but this section was filled in and used to buil "The Tudors" housing.

  • Cefn Coed still dominates the landscape north of Merthyr.

  • The Porthkerry viaduct stands in Porthkerry Park, on the little-used Vale of Glamorgan line.

  • From the road between Treforest and Tonteg, you can look across to the Rhydefelin Viaduct of the Cardiff Railway, which was used only once.

  • Below the level of this aforementioned road you have the connection line between the Barry Railway and the Taff Vale Railway.

  • Tte Cardiff Railway is commemorated in the Railway pub in Tongwynlais.

Brian Daugherty