Garw Valley Railway

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Bridgend Valleys Railway Company
Locale Bridgend, Wales
Terminus Pontycymer and Brynmenyn
Connections Network Rail Tondu Station
Commercial operations
Built by Great Western Railway
Preserved operations
Owned by Bridgend Valleys Railway Company Limited
Stations 5 (currently not operational)
Length 5 miles (8.0 km)
Commercial history
Opened 1876
Closed March 6, 1997
Preservation history
1988 Preservation group formed.
1994 Bridgend Valleys Railway Company incorporated.
March 23, 2001 National Assembly for Wales Transport & Works Act order secured.
Garw Valley Railway
Blaengarw
Pontycymmer
Loco Shed
Pantygog
Pontyrhyl
Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company
Llangeinor
A4065
Brynmenyn
Ogmore Valley Railway
Cardiff and Ogmore Valley Railway
Garw Loop
Maesteg Line
Tondu Triangle
Tondu
Ogmore Vale Extension
Maesteg Line


The Bridgend Valleys Railway (trading as the Garw Valley Railway)is a standard gauge heritage railway located in South Wales. It is hoped that, in the near future, there will be brakevan rides between Pontycymer and Pant-y-Gog, a distance of about half-a-mile. The line was formerly used for freight and passenger services, and most of the track is still in place between Brynmenyn and Pontycymer.

Progress[edit]

Land engineering has been commenced to prepare for the building of a new platform at Pontycymer. The Train Shed facilities have been modernised. Planet 4006 is now fully operational and upgraded (rewired electrically). An internal archive store has been built. Following the lease of the Barry Island Railway in December 2008 by owners, the Vale of Glamorgan Council, to Cambrian Transport, the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Society relocated their headquarters and some stock to the Garw Valley.[1] They are at present working with the Bridgend Valleys Railway Company (trading as Garw Valley Railway) - the correct name - to rebuild the line.

Access to the Public[edit]

The BVRC is currently unable to hold open days. But visitors are most welcome to visit the Train Shed and see current progress. Working days are Wednesdays and Saturdays.

List of Stations along the Garw Valley Line[edit]

BVRC stations planned to date.

  • Pontycymmer
  • Further halts will be intended once the line replacement is undertaken. The current end of the line is most likely to be at Bryngarw Country Park - a distance of some 4 miles from Pontycymer. However, this depends upon significant bridge repairs.

The new platform at Pontycymer was commenced in the summer of 2014 - extensive excavations having been undertaken to provide the correct levels -and the first 20m metres should be completed by Spring 2015.

Stock[edit]

  • Planet 0-4-0 Diesel hydraulic No 3890, built 1958
  • Planet 0-4-0 Diesel hydraulic No 4006, built 1963
  • Flat wagon
  • BR "Shark" class Brake van No DB993721 fitted with ballast ploughs
  • British Rail Class 108 BR Blue, former Barry Island Railway
  • RSH 0-4-0ST 7705, built 1952 has now arrived at Pontycymer. The loco, owned by the 7705 locomotive group (a group of VGR/GVR members) is to be restored for use on the line. The locomotive was originally used at the Ely Paper Mills, Cardiff.
  • Hunslett Austerity 0-6-0 Saddle Tank 68070.

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Coordinates: 51°32′45″N 3°35′52″W / 51.54580°N 3.59780°W / 51.54580; -3.59780