Groeswen Halt railway station

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Groeswen Halt
Location
Area Caerphilly
Coordinates 51°34′23″N 3°16′42″W / 51.573096°N 3.2784072°W / 51.573096; -3.2784072Coordinates: 51°34′23″N 3°16′42″W / 51.573096°N 3.2784072°W / 51.573096; -3.2784072
Grid reference ST115868
Operations
Original company Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 September 1904 opens as Groeswen
1 July 1924 renamed Groeswen Halt
17 September 1956 closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Groeswen Halt railway station served the hamlet of Groeswen in Caerphilly, South Wales.

History and description[edit]

Opened as 'Groeswen', the station was similar in construction to the other halts on the line.[1] It had ground-level platforms which were without shelters, and had only wooden fenced enclosures, the gates of which would be unlocked by the train guard. Despite scrimping on passenger facilities, the Company provided Groeswen with a signal box and a large manager's house for the tramway (industrial) which led from Groeswen Colliery to a siding which ran through the 'down' platform. This was installed in 1899 to connect with the already-existing colliery sidings. In 1907, a down refuge siding was added, and lasted until 1949, though the crossover remained until 1952.[2]

Closure and after[edit]

Like the other stations on the branch, Groeswen closed in 1956. In the same year, the Groeswen signal box was demolished. The remains of the trackbed were cleared in 1988. The site of the halt is now a picnic area, though the stone retaining wall of the signal box remains.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Upper Boat Halt
Line & station closed
  Great Western Railway
Pontypridd, Caerphilly & Newport Railway
  Nantgarw (High Level) Halt
Line & station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, M. Lost Railways of South Wales. Countryside Books. 2009. p.77
  2. ^ Hutton, J. The Newport Docks & Railway Company. Silver Link. 1996.p.92