Panteg and Griffithstown railway station

Panteg and Griffithstown railway station was a railway station which served Griffithstown near Pontypool in Torfaen, South Wales, UK.[1]

Panteg and Griffithstown
LocationGriffithstown, Torfaen
United Kingdom
Grid referenceST294989
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
1 August 1880 (1880-08-01)Opened as "Panteg"
20 October 1898Renamed
30 April 1962Closed to passengers
3 May 1965Closed to goods

HistoryEdit

 
The goods shed, south of the station, which was home to a railway museum in the 2000s.

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 August 1880 on its line from Pontypool to Newport.[2][3] Originally known as "Panteg", it was renamed "Panteg and Griffithstown" on 20 October 1898.[2][3] The station had replaced an earlier station serving the area on the parallel Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway to the east, which had opened in 1874.[2][1][3] The second station closed to passengers on 30 April 1962 and to goods on 3 May 1965.[2][3][4][5]

The platforms at the station were staggered and joined by a central footbridge.[citation needed] To the south was the goods shed, built in 1879, and from 2002-2011 the home of the Griffithstown Railway Museum.[citation needed] The station was adjacent to the Panteg Steel Works, with sidings into the site.[citation needed] The works were also served from the Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway line.[citation needed] To the north of the station was Coedygric Junction between the N&PR and PC&NR lines, and the southernmost part of the railway yard complex at Pontypool.[citation needed]

The trackbed has been redeveloped into a cycle path, and the steelworks have been demolished and replaced by housing.[citation needed] As of 2019, the 'up' platform and buildings, which were derelict, have been demolished.

In 2015 it was announced that the Dean Forest Railway planned to demolish the main station building and reconstruct it for use at a station on the future northern extension of their line which runs between Lydney Junction and Parkend in the Forest of Dean. The project to remove the building was estimated to require GB£20,000 of funding.[6] The building was removed in May 2016.[7]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Blaendare Road Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company
  Sebastopol
Line and station closed
Pontypool Road
Line closed, station open
  Great Western Railway
Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
 

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Conolly 2004, p. 43, section A2.
  2. ^ a b c d Quick 2009, p. 304.
  3. ^ a b c d Butt 1995, p. 180.
  4. ^ Clinker 1988, p. 106.
  5. ^ Haworth, Brian (24 February 2012). "Upper Pontnewydd to Pontypool". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Fundraising bid to move historic Griffithstown railway station". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/deanforestrailway/photos/a.542992999076193/1111306528911501/?type=3&theater

SourcesEdit

  • 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.
  • 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.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°41′03″N 3°01′18″W / 51.6842°N 3.0217°W / 51.6842; -3.0217