Maesycwmmer railway station

Maesycwmmer railway station was situated on the Bassaleg and Bargoed line, serving the adjoining village of Maesycwmmer, which lies on the east bank of the Rhymney River in the historic county of Monmouth. It was located at 12 miles 44 chains (20.2 km) from Newport. The line was built by the Brecon and Merthyr Railway, and passed to the Great Western Railway in 1923 and to British Railways (Western Region) in 1948. The line was double track and the station had simple up and down platforms.

Maesycwmmer
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September 1962
Location
PlaceMaesycwmmer
AreaCaerphilly
Grid referenceST 155948
Operations
Original companyBrecon and Merthyr Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway Western Region of British Railways
Platforms2
History
14 June 1865 (1865-06-14)Opened
31 December 1962 (1962-12-31)Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
A northbound train leaving Maesycwmmer on 3 September 1962. It is about to pass under the Hengoed Viaduct on the Neath and Pontypool Road railway

The station opened on 14 June 1865 and all services were withdrawn from 31 December 1962, when this section of line closed completely. The passenger service consisted in the 1960s of about ten trains a day in each direction, of which about half ran to and from Newport. Between 1906 and 1924 the station was named Maesycwmmer & Hengoed as it also served the nearby town of Hengoed on the opposite bank of the Rhymney. The district is still served by Hengoed railway station (formerly ‘Hengoed Low Level’) on the Cardiff – Rhymney branch.[1][2]

The station was overshadowed by the spectacular Hengoed Viaduct (299-yard-long (273 m)) which lies a short distance to the north. This carried the Neath and Pontypool Road section of the Great Western Railway, which closed to passengers in 1964. The viaduct is now part of a pedestrian trail.

RoutesEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Fleur de Lis
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway
  Bedwas
Line and station closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barrie, D.S.M. (1980). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, volume 12, South Wales. Newton Abbot: David & Charles Ltd.
  2. ^ Clinker, J.M. (1971). Clinker’s Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots, 1830 – 1970. Padstow.

Coordinates: 51°38′44″N 3°13′21″W / 51.6455°N 3.2226°W / 51.6455; -3.2226