Barry Dock and Railways






Dates

14/08/1884Barry Dock and Railways
Established by an Act. Led by David Davies of Ocean Collieries. The line was to run from Barry to Cadoxton Junction then north to Drope Junction for a branch to Peterston with the South Wales Railway (then a further junction, Tynycaeau Junction, with the same line from St Fagan's) and then north to the Treforest estate at Tonteg Junction for a connection with the Taff Vale Railway before finishing near Trehafod, joining the Taff Vale Railway.
31/07/1885Cogan Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Act passed.
  /  /1888Barry Dock and Railways
Act passed forcing the Taff Vale Railway to only use the Cardiff, Penarth and Barry Junction Railway for local traffic rather than as a through freight route to the Barry Docks.
  /  /1888Taff Vale Railway
Attempts to buy the Bute Docks, on the threat of the opening of the Barry Dock and Railways.
20/12/1888Cogan Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Line opened.
  /  /1889Barry Dock and Railways
Opened.
13/05/1889Barry Dock and Railways
Cadoxton to Tynycaeau Junction opened for freight. Section included the Venvoe Tunnel and large masonry viaduct over the South Wales Railway.
08/07/1889Cardiff, Penarth and Barry Junction Railway (Taff Vale Railway)
Opened from Lavernock to temporary platform at Biglis as the Barry Dock and Railways would not grant access to Biglis Junction station.
18/07/1889Barry Dock and Railways
Opens first dock of 73 acres.
18/07/1889Barry Dock and Railways
Tynycaeau Junction to Trehafod opened.
22/05/1890Cardiff, Penarth and Barry Junction Railway (Taff Vale Railway)
Service extended to Biglis Junction on the Barry Dock and Railways and temporary Biglis station closed.
01/06/1890Barry Dock and Railways
Biglis Junction renamed Cadoxton.
  /  /1891Barry Dock and Railways
Renamed Barry Railway Company.
14/08/1893Barry Dock and Railways
Start to use Cardiff Riverside station on the Cardiff Riverside Branch (Taff Vale Railway).
02/04/1894Barry Dock and Railways
Start to use Clarence Road station on the Cardiff Riverside Branch (Taff Vale Railway).
17/08/1894Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Act passed.
  /  /1896Barry Dock and Railways
Obtains powers for a line from the Rhymney Valley Branch to the Senghenydd Branch of the Rhymney Railway. The connection is not built.
16/03/1896Barry Dock and Railways
Passenger service from Barry to the Taff Vale Railway's Porth station begins.
16/03/1896Barry Dock and Railways
The Taff Vale Railway gives the company access from Trehafod to Porth.
03/08/1896Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Line partly opened.
  /06/1897Barry Dock and Railways
Introduces a Pontypridd to Cardiff via St Fagans service.
07/06/1897Barry Dock and Railways
Passenger service from Pontypridd to Cardiff (Clarence Road).
27/07/1899Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Barry Pier opened.
01/08/1901Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Tynycaeau Junction to Penrhos Upper Junction (with the Rhymney Railway) opened. Walnut Tree Viaduct opened.
15/08/1904Barry Dock and Railways
Barry Railway (Steam Vessels) Act allows company to start running steamers from Barry Pier.
  /  /1905Barry Dock and Railways
Connection made to the Rumney Railway at Barry Junction near Bedwas.
  /  /1905Barry Dock and Railways
Gwalia, 519 tons, and Devonia, 641 tons, bought from John Brown's Shipyard.
02/01/1905Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Line extended from Penrhos Lower Junction to Barry Junction on the Rumney Railway of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway opened. Penyrheol Viaduct and Llanbradach Viaduct on the line opened.
  /  /1907Barry Dock and Railways
The company spends nearly 100,000 trying to get access to Nine Mile Point. An Act is passed but the terms unworkable and the powers are allowed to lapse.
  /  /1907Barry Dock and Railways
Subscribe to the Burnham (Somerset) Pier Company.
  /  /1907Barry Dock and Railways
Barry, 471 tons, added to Gwalia, Devonia and Westonia (ex Rhos Colwyn, 393 tons).
  /  /1907Barry Dock and Railways
Run train to the Rhymney Railway's Caerphilly station for a visit of Kind Edward VII.
  /  /1909Barry Dock and Railways
Steamers sold. Gwalia sold to the Furness Railway].
  /05/1914Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Second platform opened at Barry Island.
  /  /1926Great Western Railway
Act passed to allow closure of the Barry Dock and Railways three miles of line from Phenrhos Lower Junction and Duffryn Isaf (the Rhymney Valley Branch). The Penrhos Viaduct, Penyrhoel Viaduct and Llanbradach Viaduct were to be demolished.
  /  /1929Barry Dock and Railways, Rumney Railway
Barry Junction renamed Duffryn Isaf.
  /  /1929Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Barry Pier to Barry Island singled.
  /  /1930Great Western Railway
Connection made between Barry Dock and Railways (a north facing junction, just north of Tonteg Junction) to the Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway at a south facing junction just to the east of Tonteg Viaduct. The former Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway line between the junction just east on Tonteg Viaduct and Llantrissant Branch Junction is closed.
10/07/1930Barry Dock and Railways
Cardiff to St Fagans to Pontypridd, and Cadoxton to Porth diverted to parallel Taff Vale Railway routes. Treforest High Level and Pontypridd (Graig) are closed.
  /  /1937Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Penyrhoel and Llanbradach viaducts demolished. The large girders are dropped from the piers and cut-up.
11/10/1943Barry Dock and Railways
Tonteg to Pontypridd Tunnel northbound line used to store 119 American locomotives.
  /06/1951Barry Dock and Railways
Tonteg Junction to Pontypridd Pwllgwaun closed.
04/06/1956Barry Dock and Railways
Trehafod Junction to Pontypridd Maescoed Goods closed.
10/09/1962Barry Dock and Railways
Cadoxton to Pontypridd closed to passengers.
31/03/1963Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Walnut Tree West to Tyncaeau North closed on burning down of Tyncaeau North signalbox. Freight is diverted.
31/03/1963Barry Dock and Railways
Cadoxton South to Tonteg Junction closed on burning down of Tyncaeau North signalbox. Freight is diverted.
28/09/1964Barry Dock and Railways
Treforest Junction to Cwm Colliery closed.
  /  /1969Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Walnut Tree Viaduct girders removed.
  /06/1969Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Barry Island to Barry [Wales] singled.
  /  /1971Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Campbell steamers call for the last time.
18/10/1971Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Last standard passenger train to Barry Pier.
  /  /1973Rhymney Valley Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Walnut Tree Viaduct piers demolished. One pier remains.
  /04/1973Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Last tour train to Barry Pier.
  /07/1976Barry Pier Branch (Barry Dock and Railways)
Barry Island to Barry Pier out of use.
  /  /1985Barry Dock and Railways
Barry Docks office building re-opened after a fire.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Having last visited Barry in 1990, I didn't expect to find good facilities at the station. So this cafe and art display was a very pleasant surprise. ...
Ken Strachan 27/08/2019
An Aberdare to Barry Island service stands at platform 3 Barry station. ...
Alastair McLellan 19/03/2018
Sprinter 150285 arriving at Barry with a service to Aberdare from Barry Island in March 2018. ...
Alastair McLellan 19/03/2018
This cab of uncertain origin is currently located at the Freightliner wagon repair depot, Barry; which has clearly seen better days. ...
Ken Strachan 27/08/2019


This is the statue of David Davies in Barry Docks, just outside the dock offices. He was a railway contractor, industrialist, promoter of the Barry ...
Ewan Crawford 22/06/2003













All traces of Pontypridd Graig station are now swept away in favour of a hospital car park; but the North portal of the tunnel which opened off the ...
Ken Strachan 31/05/2010