Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company

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Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company
Morfa Copper Works Sidings
Wharf (Old Dock)
North Bank (Goods)
To New Dock Station
Copper Works Junction
Burrows Junction
Port Talbot Steelworks
To Aberavon Town
Old Dock Junction
To Swansea
Junction (Mean)
To Aberavon Town
Margam Knuckle Yard
Aberavon Junction
Port Talbot Central
Tan-Y-Groes North Junction
Tan-Y-Groes South Junction
Dyffryn Junction
To Cymmer
Pontrhydyfen Viaduct
Cwmcerwyn Tunnel (1,012 yds)
To Bridgend
Tonmawr Junction
Waterhall Junction to Pyle
To Glyncorrwg
Waterhall Coal Depot
Tonmawr Colliery
Aberbaiden Colliery
Cwm Pelenna Colliery
Cefn Low Level Sidings
Maesteg Neath Road
Cefn Colliery
To Porthcawl
Cefn Junction
To Tondu
To Tondu
To Cymmer
Lletty-Brongu Viaduct
To Blaengarw
Lletty Brongu
Bettws (Llangeinor)
Pontyrhyl Junction
To Tondu

The Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company (PTR) operated the Port Talbot Railway and the docks at Port Talbot, Wales, UK.

Company formation and history[edit]

The company was incorporated in 1894 and the railway opened in 1897.[1] It was absorbed by the Great Western Railway on 1 January 1922. The railway is now closed.

A map showing the relative positions of the Port Talbot Railway, the South Wales Mineral Railway, the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway and the Great Western Railway can be found here.[2]


Route map [3]

  • Port Talbot Central
  • Bryn
  • Maesteg (Neath Road)
  • Cwmdu
  • Lletty Brongu
  • Bettws (Llangeinor)
  • Pontyrhyl

PTR locomotives[edit]

For a list of classes see Locomotives of the Great Western Railway
PTR Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 26, later GWR 813, at Bewdley SVR in 2004. This loco was sold by the GWR in 1934
Pannier tank banking an empties train at Duffryn Junction in 1949

When it was absorbed by the GWR on 1 January 1922, the PTR operated a total of twenty-two engines of seven different classes, built by four distinct locomotive manufacturers. The last of the ex-PTR locos was withdrawn from service by the GWR in 1948.[4]

One Port Talbot Railway locomotive (0-6-0ST PTR No. 26, GWR No. 813) is preserved on the Severn Valley Railway.

See also[edit]


  • Casserley, H.C. (1966), Locomotives at the Grouping - 4 - Great Western Railway, Ian Allan Limited