Tondu railway station
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Looking north along the platform towards Maesteg.
|Managed by||Transport for Wales Rail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Llynvi Valley Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|25 February 1864||Opened|
|22 June 1970||Closed|
|28 September 1992||Reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Tondu from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
- The Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway from Porthcawl to Maesteg and Abergwynfi
- The Maesteg Line to Bridgend, connecting to the South Wales Main Line
- The Ogmore Valley Railway to Brynmenyn & Nantymoel
- The Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company to Port Talbot docks and Pontyrhyl
- The Garw Valley Railway to Blaengarw and onwards to the Blaengarw and International collieries
It hence had an extensive set of railway workshops, and was also the junction access point for the Tondu Ironworks. Enough traffic flowed through the junction to warrant a sizable locomotive shed. The original Ogmore Valley Railway shed was demolished in 1889 to make way for a roundhouse shed, which later became home to various Great Western Railway allocated tank engines.
The ironworks shut from 1895 onwards, but the previous developments meant that it remained an important junction with the installation of a wagon works for the collieries in the area. After British Railways closed most of the branch lines to passengers in the 1950s and early 1960s and the demise of the Blaengarw and International collieries in the late 1980s, the station and lines were greatly rationalised. The locomotive shed closed in the late-sixties. Tondu station was closed on 22 June 1970 (with the end of passenger trains over the old L&O route to Cymmer Afan) and was reopened on 28 September 1992. British Rail and Mid Glamorgan County Council reopened the line.
The current passing loop is still controlled by the former Tondu junction signal box, which manually controls the line using semaphore signals. As well as the former Maesteg Line, the former Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company line exists as a freight-only by-pass line to Margam. Passenger trains would sometimes be diverted through this branch-line whenever the main-line between Bridgend and Port Talbot was closed for engineering work. Trains were diverted to travel via and reverse at Tondu. Nowadays, when the main-line is closed, bus services will replace train services as the old branch has speed restrictions of 5-15 mph in force.
A basic hourly service is in operation, northbound to Maesteg and southbound to Bridgend and Cardiff Central. Most southbound trains continue onwards from Cardiff to Newport, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa. There is no Sunday service.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Sarn||Transport for Wales
|Sarn||Great Western Railway
Line open, station closed.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 231. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 128
|Llynvi and Ogmore Railway|
originally Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway
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