Porth railway station

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Porth National Rail
Welsh: Y Porth
Porth
Location
Place Porth
Local authority Rhondda Cynon Taf
Coordinates 51°36′45″N 3°24′27″W / 51.6124°N 3.4075°W / 51.6124; -3.4075Coordinates: 51°36′45″N 3°24′27″W / 51.6124°N 3.4075°W / 51.6124; -3.4075
Grid reference ST025913
Operations
Station code POR
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.315 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.293 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.271 million
2007/08 Increase 0.279 million
2008/09 Increase 0.287 million
2009/10 Increase 0.299 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.297 million
2011/12 Increase 0.298 million
2012/13 Increase 0.303 million
History
Key dates Opened 1876 (1876)
Original company Taff Vale Railway
Pre-grouping Taff Vale Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
4 February 1861 First station opened
1 July 1876 Station resited
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Porth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Porth railway station is a railway station serving the town of Porth in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. It is located on the Rhondda Line.

History[edit]

Two stations have served Porth. The first was opened on 4 February 1861 by the Taff Vale Railway;[1] the line had been open since 10 June 1841.[2]

On 1 July 1876, the original station was closed, being replaced by a new one approximately 240 yards (220 m) to the east.[1] The Rhondda Fawr line to Treherbert was singled north of here in 1981 and most of the 1876 station buildings were replaced in 1984–85.[3]

The now defunct Maerdy Branch along the Rhondda Fach valley to Maerdy and the collieries at Mardy and Ferndale used to diverge from the 'main line' to Treherbert just north of the station at Maerdy Junction. Opened in stages between 1849 and 1856, the passenger service over this route ended in 1964, but mineral traffic to Mardy Colliery continued to run until final closure of the branch in June 1986, when coal from Mardy was then raised from Tower Colliery. The track was subsequently lifted the following year, but the old formation can still be traced.

A passenger service between Porth and Barry was introduced by the Barry Railway on 16 March 1896, running via Pontypridd Graig and Treforest High Level.,[4] but this ended in 1930 when the service was re-routed via the TVR station at Pontypridd (trains henceforth terminating there, except for summer excursions, until the service down to Barry finally ended in September 1962).

An unusual ground level signal box was installed at the station when the Treherbert line was reduced to single track in 1981, replacing a much more substantial TVR structure.[5] This holds the distinction of the being the last new mechanical box to built by British Rail,[6] though it had a working life of only 17 years before being abolished in 1998 when the Radyr signalling centre took control of the area.

Services[edit]

Monday-Saturday, there is a half hourly service to Cardiff Central Southbound and to Treherbert Northbound. There is a two hourly service in each direction on Sundays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 189. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ James, Leslie (November 1983). A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways 1778-1855. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 35. ISBN 0-7110-1277-6. BE/1183. 
  3. ^ Hutton, John (2006). The Taff Vale Railway, vol. 2. Silver Link. ISBN 978-1-85794-250-7. 
  4. ^ Barrie, D.S.M. (1983) [1962]. The Barry Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History. Salisbury: Oakwood Press. p. 171. ISBN 0-85361-236-6. OL57. 
  5. ^ Rhondda Fach Junction South www.signalbox.org; Retrieved 2013-09-16
  6. ^ The Rock - Signals in South Wales www.roscalen.com; Retrieved 2013-09-16

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Trehafod   Arriva Trains Wales
Rhondda Line
  Dinas Rhondda
Historical railways
Trehafod
Line and station open
  Barry Railway
Porth–Barry
  Terminus
Disused railways
Trehafod
Line and station open
  Taff Vale Railway
Maerdy Branch
  Ynyshir
Line and station closed