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Taff Vale Railway

This railway ran from the town and harbours at Cardiff to coalmines in the Taff Vale and Ironworks at Merthyr Tydfil.

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Clickable map of the Taff Vale Railway. South Wales Railway Penydarren Tramway Dowlais Railway Aerw Branch Barry Dock and Railways Aberdare Railway Bute East Dock Branch Caerphilly to Cardiff Line Cardiff Railway Cardiff Riverside Branch Crawshay's Private Railway Llancaiach Branch Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway Taff Vale Extension Penarth Harbour and Dock Railway Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers' Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Rhymney Railway Vale of Neath Railway Rhymney Valley Branch
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Quakers Yard from the north end. The Taff Vale Extension station stood uphill and to the left.
Quakers Yard from the north end. The Taff Vale Extension station stood uphill and to the left. Access to the low level station was via a footbridge from the upper station, even after it's closure. It is now by a footpath.

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This line runs through a valley which formerly had many coal mines. At Merthyr Tydfil and Dowlais there were a number of ironworks and later steelworks.



The northern portion of this line between Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil runs alongside the course of much of the Pen-y-darren Tramway.

Description of route


From Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil Plymouth Street. Plymouth Street station is now closed and the a small single platform station on the site of the former Great Western Railway station is the Merthyr Tydfil station.

Shared the Vale of Neath Railway terminus in later years
Page created on 13/11/2000
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford