Tondu railway station

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Tondu National Rail
Tondu railway station MMB 01.jpg
Looking north along the platform towards Maesteg.
Location
PlaceTondu
Local authorityBridgend
Coordinates51°32′51″N 3°35′43″W / 51.5474°N 3.5952°W / 51.5474; -3.5952Coordinates: 51°32′51″N 3°35′43″W / 51.5474°N 3.5952°W / 51.5474; -3.5952
Grid referenceSS894843
Operations
Station codeTDU
Managed byTransport for Wales Rail
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 56,864
2014/15Decrease 43,400
2015/16Decrease 41,222
2016/17Increase 47,226
2017/18Increase 48,888
History
Original companyLlynvi Valley Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
25 February 1864Opened
22 June 1970Closed
28 September 1992Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Tondu from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Tondu railway station is a railway station serving the village of Tondu, Bridgend county borough, South Wales. It located on the Maesteg Line from Cardiff via Bridgend.

Passenger services are operated by Transport for Wales Rail as part of the Valley Lines network for local services.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Llynvi Valley Railway on 25 February 1864.[1] Originally developed as part of the Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway, it was a junction of six railway lines:

Coal train from the Ogmore Valleys passing Tondu in 1962

It hence had an extensive set of railway workshops, and was also the junction access point for the Tondu Ironworks. Enough traffic flowed through the junction to warrant a sizable locomotive shed. The original Ogmore Valley Railway shed was demolished in 1889 to make way for a roundhouse shed, which later became home to various Great Western Railway allocated tank engines.[2]

The ironworks shut from 1895 onwards, but the previous developments meant that it remained an important junction with the installation of a wagon works for the collieries in the area. After British Railways closed most of the branch lines to passengers in the 1950s and early 1960s and the demise of the Blaengarw and International collieries in the late 1980s, the station and lines were greatly rationalised. The locomotive shed closed in the late-sixties. Tondu station was closed on 22 June 1970 (with the end of passenger trains over the old L&O route to Cymmer Afan) and was reopened on 28 September 1992.[1] British Rail and Mid Glamorgan County Council reopened the line.

The current passing loop is still controlled by the former Tondu junction signal box, which manually controls the line using semaphore signals. As well as the former Maesteg Line, the former Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company line exists as a freight-only by-pass line to Margam. Passenger trains would sometimes be diverted through this branch-line whenever the main-line between Bridgend and Port Talbot was closed for engineering work. Trains were diverted to travel via and reverse at Tondu.[3] Nowadays, when the main-line is closed, bus services will replace train services as the old branch has speed restrictions of 5-15 mph in force.

Services[edit]

A basic hourly service is in operation, northbound to Maesteg and southbound to Bridgend and Cardiff Central. Most southbound trains continue onwards from Cardiff to Newport, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa. There is no Sunday service.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Sarn   Transport for Wales
Maesteg Line
  Garth
  Historical railways  
Sarn   Great Western Railway
Maesteg Line
  Llangynwyd
Line open, station closed.
Arriva Trains Wales 150252 passes the Tondu Junction signal box with a service to Cardiff Central.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 231. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffytank/6955608730/
  3. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/123410911@N03/16059618079/
  4. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 128

External links[edit]

Llynvi and Ogmore Railway
originally Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway
 
to Glyncorrwg
Cymmer Viaduct
West Junction
Cymmer Afan
Abergwynfi
Abergwynfi Colliery
Cymmer Tunnel
1591 yd
1455 m
Caerau Colliery
Caerau
Nantyffyllon
Maesteg (Neath Road)
Maesteg Castle Street
Maesteg
Maesteg (Ewenny Road)
Garth
Troedyrhiew Garth
Llangynwyd
Ogmore Valley Railway
to Brynmenyn
Tondu
South Wales Main Line
to Bridgend
Cefn Junction PTR&DCo
Kenfig Hill
South Wales Main Line
to Bridgend
Pyle Junction
Pyle
South Wales Main Line
to Swansea
Cornelly Quarry
Nottage Halt
Nottage Tunnel
63 yd
58 m
Porthcawl