Blackwood railway station (Wales)

Blackwood railway station (Welsh: Y Coed Duon) was a station on the Sirhowy Railway. It served the town of Blackwood, Caerphilly.

Blackwood railway station
Blackwood (Mon.) Station (remains) - geograph.org.uk - 1823454.jpg
The remains of Blackwood station in April 1965, looking south towards Nine Mile Point. The remnants of the signal box can be seen on its side.
LocationBlackwood, Caerphilly
Wales
Coordinates51°40′22″N 3°11′38″W / 51.6727°N 3.1939°W / 51.6727; -3.1939Coordinates: 51°40′22″N 3°11′38″W / 51.6727°N 3.1939°W / 51.6727; -3.1939
Grid referenceST 175 977
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companySirhowy Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
19 June 1865Station opened
13 June 1960Station closed to passengers
8 February 1965Station closed to goods

HistoryEdit

The station opened on 19 June 1865 by the Sirhowy Railway after the conversion of the Sirhowy Tramroad to a standard gauge railway.[1] The station had a signal box, which was eventually destroyed.[2] Due to competition from bus services in the area, the station met its demise to passenger services on 13 June 1960, though the last train ran on the 11th.[3][4][5] Goods traffic ceased on 8 February 1965.[2]

Present dayEdit

Almost nothing of the station and route currently exists. The National Cycle Network route 467 between Blackwood and Hollybush follows a lot of former trackbed of the railway.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. CN 8983.
  • Tasker, W.W. (1986). The Merthyr, Tredegar & Abergavenny Railway and branches. Poole: Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-86093-339-7.
  • Tasker, W.W. (1992) [1978]. Railways in the Sirhowy Valley. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-415-6.
  • Hall, Mike (2009). Lost Railways of South Wales. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-84674-172-2.

RouteEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Pontllanfraith High Level   London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Sirhowy Railway
  Argoed