Tondu railway station

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Tondu National Rail
Tondu railway station MMB 01.jpg
Looking north along the platform towards Maesteg.
Location
Place Tondu
Local authority Bridgend
Coordinates 51°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 reference SS894843
Operations
Station code TDU
Managed by Arriva Trains Wales
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 36,668
2012/13 Increase 41,220
2013/14 Increase 56,864
2014/15 Decrease 43,400
2015/16 Decrease 41,222
History
Original company Llynvi Valley Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
25 February 1864 Opened
22 June 1970 Closed
28 September 1992 Reopened
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.
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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 Arriva Trains Wales 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 size-able 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 & 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   Arriva Trains 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
South Wales Mineral Railway
to Tonmawr
Cymmer Viaduct
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
to Port Talbot • to Treherbert
West Junction
Cymmer Afan
Abergwynfi
Abergwynfi Colliery
Cymmer Tunnel
1591 yd
1455 m
Caerau Colliery
Caerau
Nantyffyllon
Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company
to Pontyrhyl
Maesteg (Neath Road)
PTR&DCo
to Port Talbot
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
closed 1965
Cornelly Quarry
Nottage Halt
Nottage Tunnel
63 yd
58 m
Porthcawl