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South Wales Railway

This line is open. Its main line runs from Grange Court, near Gloucester, to Neyland, by Milford Haven.

Survey To be entered
Engineers IK Brunel
Act 1845
Contractors To be entered
Opened 1852


Clickable map of the South Wales Railway Llanelly Dock and Company Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway Carmarthen Branch Gloucester and Dean Forest Railway Taff Vale Railway Alexandra Docks and Railway Barry Dock and Railways Alexander Raby's Tramroad Caerphilly to Cardiff Line Cardiff and Ogmore Valley Railway Cardiff Railway Cardiff Riverside Branch Cowbridge Railway East Usk Branch Ely Valley Railway Fishguard Direct Line Gwendraeth Valleys Railway Kidwelly and Burry Port Railway Llanelly and Myndd Mawr Railway Maenclochog Railway Milford Haven Docks and Railway Milford Railway Monmouthshire Canal Tramway Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company Morriston Branch Morriston Loop Neath and Brecon Railway Ogmore Valleys Extension Oystermouth Railway Mumbles Railway and Pier Company Pembroke and Tenby Railway Penarth Harbour and Dock Railway Llantrisant No 1 Branch Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company Ogmore Valley Railways Vale of Neath Railway Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Roath Branch Rumney Railway Rhymney Valley Branch South Wales Mineral Railway Swansea and Neath Railway Swansea District Lines Swansea Extension Swansea Vale Railway Vale of Glamorgan Railway Bridgend Railway Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway Whitland and Cardigan Railway



Description of route


From Grange Court, near Gloucester (on the Gloucester and Dean Forest Railway, Gloucester to Grange Court opened on Sept 19 1851), to Milford Haven via Chepstow, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Carmarthen.

There were branches to the docks at Swansea North Dock, Bullo Pill and Cardiff Bute Docks; and branches to the Swansea Vale Railway and Forest of Dean, Bullo Pill to Churchway which was converted from a tramway.

Bishton Level Crossing


Bishton Level Crossing and signalbox.

This signalbox is to the east of the Llanwern Steelworks. There is a level crossing here with gates controlled from the box and an underpass - although the clearance for the underpass is quite restricted and only small cars or pedestrians can pass through.

Llanwern Works West Connection


This is a west facing junction. The Llanwern Steelworks have been closed to a certain extent, but are still very much in business.

Page created on 12/04/2000
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford