Aberdare Railway

Introduction

This railway runs from Abercynon to Aberdare. The section between Aberdare and Fernhill is closed having been replaced by a parallel route.




Dates

31/07/1845Aberdare Railway
Act for the line promoted by Sir John Guest and Crawshay Bailey (of Aberaman Iron Works). Line to run from Navigation House to Aberdare with a branch to Cwmbach from Cwmbach Junction to provide a connection with the Aberdare Iron Company's tramroad to Abernant.
  /07/1846Aberdare Railway
Opened to minerals.
06/08/1846Aberdare Railway
Opened to passengers from Navigation House to Mill Street west of Aberdare. Aberdate, Aberaman opened.
01/01/1847Aberdare Railway
Line leased by the Taff Vale Railway to halt the expansion eastwards of the Vale of Neath Railway.
  /11/1852Aberdare Railway
Passenger service cut back from Mill Street to Aberdare.
  /06/1856Aberdare Railway
Aberaman closed
  /12/1856Aberdare Railway
Line doubled except for a short portion in Aberdare.
  /  /1864Taff Vale Extension
Connection to the Aberdare Railway opened at Mountain Ash.
  /  /1864Vale of Neath Railway
Connection to the Aberdare Railway opened at Aberdare Gadlys Junction.
  /08/1889Aberdare Railway
Traeman renamed Aberaman.
31/07/1902Aberdare Railway
Merged into the Taff Vale Railway.
  /  /1905Aberdare Railway
Mill Street re-opened.
  /  /1912Aberdare Railway
Mill Street closed.
  /  /1913Taff Vale Extension
Connection to the Aberdare Railway at Mountain Ash removed.
01/07/1924Aberdare Railway
Aberdare renamed Aberdare Low Level.
16/03/1964Aberdare Railway
Aberaman closed.
16/03/1964Aberdare Railway
Aberdare Low Level closed.
16/03/1964Aberdare Railway
Closed to passengers.
20/10/1968Aberdare Railway
Singled and passing place retained at Abercwmboi.
29/07/1973Aberdare Railway Vale of Neath Railway
Connection made from Cwmbach Junction to the former route of the Vale of Neath Railway. A crossing of the River Cynon required a bridge and a bridge from the Oxford and Princes Risborough line was used. Vale of Neath Railway reopened from there to Aberdare to provide access to Tower Colliery.
29/07/1973Aberdare Railway
Closed between Cwmbach Junction and Aberdare on re-opening of Vale of Neath Railway route. This allowed road improvements, elimination of a level crossing, and property development and was financed by the council.
03/10/1988Aberdare Railway
Abercynon North opened.
03/10/1988Aberdare Railway
Aberdare opened.