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Chronology for Rhymney Railway

24/7/1854Rhymney RailwayAct for a line from the Rhymney Iron Works to the Taff Vale Extension of the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway at Hengoed.
2/7/1855Rhymney RailwayAct for line from Hengoed to Walnut Tree Junction at Taffs Well on the Taff Vale Railway. Running powers granted from Walnut Tree Junction to Crockherbtown Junction, just north of Queen Street. A Rhymney line is authorised from here to Bute East Dock.
/9/1857Rhymney RailwayBranch to Bute East Dock opened.
25/2/1858Rhymney RailwayOpened to freight.
31/3/1858Rhymney RailwayOpened to passengers.
//1860Rhymney RailwayCornelius Lundie leaves the Blyth and Tyne Railway and joins the Rhymney Railway board.
25/7/1864Rhymney RailwayAct for Caerphilly to Cardiff Line and connection to the Brecon and Merthyr Railways Caerphilly Branch. Traffic agreement made with the London and North Western Railway. Larger company helps finance smaller company^s plans.
//1867Taff Bargoed Joint Line (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Agreement to build line from Nelson to Dowlais for hauling iron ore from Cardiff to the Dowlais works.
1/11/1868Deri Branch (Rhymney Railway)Line opened from Bargoed north junction to Deri. The Brecon and Merthyr Railway had running powers of this from Deri to the main line of the Rhymney Railway and from there to the junction with a spur from the Rumney Railway.
//1871Rhymney RailwayOriginal Caerphilly station closed.
//1871Rhymney RailwayConnection made between the Rhymney Railway (at south facing Penalltau Branch Junction) to a west facing junction on the Taff Vale Extension. This gave access to the line as far west as Middle Duffryn Junction and also the Taff Bargoed Joint Line and Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway both of which were jointly owned by the Great Western Railway and the Rhymney Railway to compete with the Taff Vale Railway.
2/10/1871Rhymney and Nantybwch Joint Line (London and North Western Railway, South Wales and Rhymney Railway)Joint line from Rhymney to Nantybwch opened to public traffic. The London and North Western Railway diverts all of its Cardiff bound traffic to the Rhymney Railway route.
1/4/1871Caerphilly to Cardiff Line (Rhymney Railway)Line opened.
1/4/1871Rhymney RailwayCardiff Adam Street terminus closed on the opening of Crockherbtown.
5/9/1871Rhymney and Nantybwch Joint Line (London and North Western Railway, South Wales and Rhymney Railway)Joint line from Rhymney to Nantybwch opened.
1/4/1886Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Opened. The line connected to the Crawshays Private Railway and the Vale of Neath Railway at Merthyr.
//1888Rhymney RailwayCrockherbtown renamed Cardiff (Rhymney).
//1890Senghenydd Branch (Rhymney Railway)Act passed.
1/2/1894Rhymney RailwayAber opened
1/2/1894Senghenydd Branch (Rhymney Railway)Opened.
26/6/1899Rhymney RailwayAber renamed Abertridwr
//1901Rhymney RailwayLocomotive works transferred to east of Caerphilly station.
//1904Senghenydd Branch (Rhymney Railway)Senghenith renamed Senghenydd.
//1906Rhymney RailwayCylla Branch partly opened from Ystrad Mynach to Penrhiwfelin.
//1909Rhymney RailwayCylla Branch complete.
/5/1909Taff Vale Railway, Rhymney Railway, Cardiff RailwayMerger proposed and amalgamation bills produced.
/8/1909Taff Vale Railway, Rhymney Railway, Cardiff RailwayMerger Bill fails.
//1913Caerphilly to Cardiff Line (Rhymney Railway)Caerphilly station re-built with four platforms and a bay platform.
//1917Taff Vale Railway, Rhymney Railway, Cardiff RailwayE.A. Prosser, formerly of the Rhymney Railway, becomes Joint General Manager.
//1924Rhymney RailwayCardiff (Rhymney) renamed Parade.
17/9/1926Rhymney RailwayBeddau Halt renamed Aber Junction
15/4/1928Rhymney RailwayParade closed. The station had two platforms and a bay. Trains were diverted to Queen Street.
//1951Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Branch over the river to Merthyr Vale Colliery closed.
12/2/1951Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Closed to passengers.
23/9/1953Rhymney Railway, London and North Western Railway, South WalesJoint line from Rhymney to Rhymney Bridge closed.
//1962Senghenydd Branch (Rhymney Railway)Closed to freight, but retained for Windsor Colliery, south of Senghenydd.
31/12/1962Deri Branch (Rhymney Railway), Extension to Rumney Railway (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)Line closed to passengers.
1/7/1963Rhymney RailwayCaerphilly workshops closed.
15/6/1964Taff Bargoed Joint Line (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Closed to passengers.
15/6/1964Rhymney RailwayAbertridwr closed
15/6/1964Senghenydd Branch (Rhymney Railway)Closed to passengers.
//1965Taff Bargoed Joint Line (Great Western Railway and Rhymney Railway)Connected to Ocean and Taff Merthyr Collieries on closure of the Taff Vale Extension.
5/5/1965Rhymney RailwayAber Halt renamed Aber
23/8/1965Deri Branch (Rhymney Railway), Extension to Rumney Railway (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)Line closed to freight.
6/5/1968Rhymney RailwayAber Junction renamed Aber Halt
5/5/1969Rhymney RailwayAber Halt renamed Aber
//1970Caerphilly to Cardiff Line (Rhymney Railway)Station re-built with two platforms and a bus interchange.
/11/1976Rhymney RailwayTirphil to McLarens Colliery closed.
//1977Senghenydd Branch (Rhymney Railway)Closed completely.
3/9/1978Rhymney RailwayBranch to Ogilvie Colliery closed.
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