Church Road (B&MJR) railway station

Church Road railway station served the hamlet of Lower Machen in Newport, Wales.

Church Road (B&MJR)
Former railway station at Lower Machen - - 351939.jpg
The station building, now a private residence
LocationLower Machen, Newport
Coordinates51°35′19″N 3°06′44″W / 51.5885°N 3.1123°W / 51.5885; -3.1123Coordinates: 51°35′19″N 3°06′44″W / 51.5885°N 3.1123°W / 51.5885; -3.1123
Grid referenceST219883
Other information
Original companyBrecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway
Key dates
14 June 1865Opened
16 September 1957Closed

History and descriptionEdit

The station had two platforms. There was a substantial stone building on one, with the other supplied with only a shelter. Initially a small and insignificant halt (though the suffix 'halt' did not begin appearing until the 1900s), Church Road grew in importance and a telephone kiosk was installed in 1891,[1] together with the larger waiting room. For many years, the station's flowerbeds had its name spelt out in bedding plants.[2]

The station's patronage slumped in the post-war years. It closed to both passengers and freight in 1957, having been unstaffed for a number of years.[3] The larger station building is now a private residence, though the second platform was gone by 1974.[4]


  1. ^ Coleman, E; Coleman, D; Spargo, D (1996). Machen Remembered. Stroud: Chalford Publishing Company. p. 33. ISBN 9780752407371.
  2. ^ Hutton, John (1996). The Newport Docks & Railway Company. Kettering: Silver Link. p. 108. ISBN 9781857941630.
  3. ^ Hall, M (2009). Lost Railways of South Wales. Newbury: Countryside Book. p. 43. ISBN 9781846741722.
  4. ^ Barrie, D; Kidner, R.W. (1991). The Brecon & Merthyr Railway. Oxford: Oakwood Press. p. 128. ISBN 0853614105.