Tondu railway station

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Tondu
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Looking north along the platform towards Maesteg.
Location Tondu, Bridgend
Wales
Coordinates 51°32′51″N3°35′43″W / 51.5474°N 3.5952°W / 51.5474; -3.5952 Coordinates: 51°32′51″N3°35′43″W / 51.5474°N 3.5952°W / 51.5474; -3.5952
Grid reference SS894843
Managed by Transport for Wales Rail
Platforms1
Other information
Station codeTDU
Classification DfT category F1
History
Original company Llynvi Valley Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
25 February 1864Opened
22 June 1970Closed
28 September 1992Reopened
Passengers
2015/16Decrease2.svg 41,222
2016/17Increase2.svg 47,226
2017/18Increase2.svg 48,888
2018/19Decrease2.svg 48,478
2019/20Increase2.svg 51,052
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Tondu railway station is a railway station serving the village of Tondu, Bridgend county borough, South Wales. It is located on the Maesteg Line from Cardiff via Bridgend.

Contents

Passenger services are operated by Transport for Wales Rail as part of the Valley Lines network for local services.

History

The station was opened by the Llynvi Valley Railway on 25 February 1864. [1] Originally developed as part of the Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway, it was a junction of six railway lines:

Coal train from the Ogmore Valleys passing Tondu in 1962 Tondu railway station geograph-2541362-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Coal train from the Ogmore Valleys passing Tondu in 1962

It hence had an extensive set of railway workshops, and was also the junction access point for the Tondu Ironworks. Enough traffic flowed through the junction to warrant a sizable locomotive shed. The original Ogmore Valley Railway shed was demolished in 1889 to make way for a roundhouse shed, which later became home to various Great Western Railway allocated tank engines. [2]

The ironworks shut from 1895 onwards, but the previous developments meant that it remained an important junction with the installation of a wagon works for the collieries in the area. After British Railways closed most of the branch lines to passengers in the 1950s and early 1960s and the demise of the Blaengarw and International collieries in the late 1980s, the station and lines were greatly rationalised. The locomotive shed closed in the late-sixties. Tondu station was closed on 22 June 1970 (with the end of passenger trains over the old L&O route to Cymmer Afan) and was reopened on 28 September 1992. [1] British Rail and Mid Glamorgan County Council reopened the line.

Arriva Trains Wales 150252 passes the Tondu Junction signal box with a service to Cardiff Central. Tondu railway station MMB 10 150252.jpg
Arriva Trains Wales 150252 passes the Tondu Junction signal box with a service to Cardiff Central.

The current passing loop is still controlled by the former Tondu junction signal box, which manually controls the line using semaphore signals. As well as the former Maesteg Line, the former Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company line exists as a freight-only by-pass line to Margam. Passenger trains would sometimes be diverted through this branch-line whenever the main-line between Bridgend and Port Talbot was closed for engineering work. Trains were diverted to travel via and reverse at Tondu. [3] Nowadays, when the main-line is closed, bus services will replace train services as the old branch has speed restrictions of 5-15 mph in force.

Services

A basic hourly service is in operation, northbound to Maesteg and southbound to Bridgend and Cardiff Central. Most southbound trains continue onwards from Cardiff to Newport, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa. There is no Sunday service. [4]

Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Sarn   Transport for Wales
Maesteg Line
  Garth
  Historical railways  
Sarn   Great Western Railway
Maesteg Line
  Llangynwyd
Line open, station closed.

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References

  1. 1 2 Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 231. ISBN   1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffytank/6955608730/
  3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/123410911@N03/16059618079/
  4. GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 128
Llynvi and Ogmore Railway
originally Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway
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