Aber railway station
|Aber railway station|
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|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|April 1908||Station opens as Beddau Halt|
|17 September 1926||Renamed Aber Junction Halt|
|6 May 1968||Renamed Aber Halt|
|5 May 1969||Renamed Aber|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aber from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Opened in April 1908 by the Rhymney Railway as Beddau Halt, it became part of the Great Western Railway during the Grouping of 1923, and renamed Aber Junction Halt on 17 September 1926. The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was renamed Aber Halt on 6 May 1968, then Aber on 5 May 1969.
The 'Junction' suffix refers to the fact that until the early 1980s, there were two junctions near here - one to the south between the current line via Caerphilly (which opened in 1871) and the original route down the Big Hill via Penrhos Junction to Walnut Tree Junction near Taffs Well on the Taff Vale Railway route from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil and another to the north for the branch line to Senghenydd. The former opened in 1858 and provided the Rhymney company with its original access to Cardiff General and the docks. It was freight-only for most of its life, but was heavily used in post-grouping and BR days by coal trains originating from the various collieries on the Rhymney line heading to the marshalling yard at Radyr. This avoided the need for such trains to use the busy section through Cardiff Queen Street, even though the 3½ mile line was steeply graded (hence the nickname - the 1 in 48 ruling gradient was however favourable for loaded trains). The latter opened in 1894 and was used for both freight (to Windsor Colliery near the terminus) and passenger services.
The Senghenydd branch passenger service ended in June 1964 as a result of the Beeching Axe, but it remained in use for colliery traffic until 1977 whilst the Taffs Well route closed in June 1982 - both have since been dismantled.
During Autumn 2013 Aber railway station is served by 4 trains per hour each way, off peak, Monday to Friday:
- 3 per hour from Bargoed to Penarth
- 1 per hour from Rhymney to Penarth
- 3 per hour from Penarth to Bargoed
- 1 per hour from Penarth to Rhymney
Apart from Gilfach Fargoed, the station before Bargoed, which is served just once an hour, there is a train every 15 minutes calling at all stations between Bargoed and Penarth. In the evenings, the service drops to hourly and on Sundays to two-hourly (with southbound trains running to Barry Island).
Travel times to...
Cardiff Central : 22 minutes
Penarth : 39 minutes
Bargoed : 20 minutes
Rhymney : 38 minutes
- Senghennyd - The Town, The Colliery, The Disasters And More www.MW0GKX.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-09-12
- Body, G (1983). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Western Region. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 0-85059-546-0.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Caerphilly||Arriva Trains Wales
|Energlyn & Churchill Park
Station and Line open
|Great Western Railway
Station closed; Line open
Station open; Line closed
Station and Line closed
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aber railway station.|
- R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1
- Station on navigable O.S. map