Nantyglo railway station

Nantyglo railway station was a station which served Nantyglo, in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire.[1]

AreaBlaenau Gwent
Coordinates51°46′54″N 3°10′21″W / 51.7816°N 3.1725°W / 51.7816; -3.1725Coordinates: 51°46′54″N 3°10′21″W / 51.7816°N 3.1725°W / 51.7816; -3.1725
Grid referenceSO192098
Original companyMonmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
16 May 1859 (1859-05-16)Opened
28 May 1906Became a through station
30 April 1962Closed
4 November 1963Line closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain


Among the lines built by the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company from Newport into the valleys was a 6-mile (9.7-kilometre) branch from Aberbeeg to Nantyglo, which was first opened as a tramroad in 1824 branching from the Llanhiledd Tramroad between Crumlin and Beaufort.[2] The first timetabled passenger service ran on 23 December 1850 from Newport Courtybella to Blaina.[3][4] The line was converted to a railway in 1855 together with other Monmouth tramroads in the area.[5] It became part of the Great Western Railway in 1880[6] and remained there at the Grouping of 1923.[7]

Although the Monmouthshire Railway had established a goods station at Brynmawr by 15 December 1849 via its connection with Joseph and Crawshay Bailey's tramroad at Coalbrook Vale, passenger services were not extended beyond Nantyglo Gate at Blaina.[8] It was only after agreement was reached in June 1858 with the two brothers that the Monmouthshire Railway was authorised to establish a station in their territory.[8] Nantyglo station opened on 16 May 1859[9][10] and was the terminus of the line from Aberbeeg until 1906 when the Brynmawr and Western Valleys Railway opened to provide a link with Brynmawr on the London and North Western Railway's Heads of the Valleys line.[11][12] The link was 1 mile 10.75 chains (1.826 km) from a point 410 yards (370 m) north of Nantyglo's booking office to a junction with the LNWR line, 150 yards (140 m) to the west of Brynmawr station.[13] Although the official opening took place on 30 June 1905, it was not until 28 May 1906 that it was authorised to open.[13] The new line, which was on a 1 in 47 gradient fall towards Nantyglo, was jointly worked by the Great Western and the LNWR, with traffic exchanged between the two companies at Nantyglo.[13] The link created the third route from Newport to Brynmawr, it also being possible to travel via Blaenavon High Level or Nantybwch and the Sirhowy Railway.[13]

A single platform was provided for the station which had a small goods yard on the opposite side of the line.[14] Such was the traffic generated during the 1930s that the station had a staff of eleven.[11] To the north of the station was a tall signal box with 20 levers and to the south there was a passing loop.[15] Passenger and goods services were withdrawn from the station on 30 April 1962.[16][10][9] The line was progressively shortened as colleries were closed, with official closure of the section between Brynmawr and Coalbrookvale including Nantyglo coming on 4 November 1963.[17] The last section of the route near Abertillery was taken out of use in 1989 after the closure of Six Bells Colliery.[5][18]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway and London and North Western Railway
Brynmawr and Western Valleys Railway


The A467 road follows the course of the former line through Nantyglo.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Conolly (2004), p. 8, section A4.
  2. ^ Page (1988), p. 141.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith (2006), historical background.
  4. ^ Byles (1982), p. 32.
  5. ^ a b Page (1988), p. 142.
  6. ^ Awdry (1990), p. 36.
  7. ^ Awdry (1990), p. 13.
  8. ^ a b Byles (1982), p. 71.
  9. ^ a b Quick (2009), p. 284.
  10. ^ a b Butt (1995), p. 166.
  11. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith (2006), fig. 85.
  12. ^ Tasker (1986), p. 35.
  13. ^ a b c d Tasker (1986), p. 36.
  14. ^ Mitchell & Smith (2006), fig. 87.
  15. ^ Mitchell & Smith (2006), fig. 86.
  16. ^ Clinker (1988), p. 99.
  17. ^ Hurst (1991), p. 23, note 1165.
  18. ^ Hall (2009), p. 52.


  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Byles, Aubrey (1982). The History of the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company. Cwmbran: Village Publishing. ISBN 0-946043-00-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Clinker, C.R. (1988) [1978]. Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830–1980 (2nd ed.). Bristol: Avon-Anglia Publications & Services. ISBN 978-0-905466-91-0. OCLC 655703233.