Ely Valley Railway


  /  /1860Great Western Railway
Buys the Cilely Colliery near Tonyrefail and the Ely Valley Railway. (1860s).
02/08/1860Ely Valley Railway
Broad gauge line opened from Llantrisant on the South Wales Railway. The line is worked by the Great Western Railway.
  /  /1861Ely Valley Railway
Great Western Railway takes a 999 year lease of the line.
07/06/1861Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway
Act passed for this Taff Vale Railway backed line. The line was promoted to stop expansion eastwards of the Great Western Railway backed schemes from Llantrisant. The line ran from Llantrisant Branch Junction, Treforest, to meet the Mwyndy Branch (Ely Valley Railway) at Maesaraul.
  /01/1862Ely Valley Railway
Line built to Mwyndy Ironworks and Brofiskin limeworks and another to Gellyrhaidd Colliery.
  /12/1862Ely Valley Railway
Line extended from Tonyrefail to Penygraig Colliery.
  /06/1863Cowbridge Railway
Agreement with the Great Western Railway to join South Wales Railway at Llantrisant rather than run to Maesaraul. Third rail laid from Llantrisant to Maesaraul Junction along the Mwyndy Branch (Ely Valley Railway).
  /  /1865Llantrissant and Taff Vale Junction Railway
Common Branch Junction to Llantrisant Common Branch Junction (with the Ely Valley Railway) opened.
  /01/1865Ely Valley Railway
Third rail laid from Maesaraul to Llantrisant is used by the Taff Vale Railway.
10/08/1878Ely and Clydach Valleys Railway
Extends the Ely Valley Railway from Penygraig to Cambrian Colliery by the Taff Vale Railway's Pwllrhebog Branch.
01/05/1901Ely Valley Railway
Passenger services start from Llantrisant to Penygraig.
  /  /1903Ely Valley Railway
Merged into the Great Western Railway.
30/11/1983Ely Valley Railway
Colliery and washery at Coed Ely closed and line closed from Coed Ely to Mwyndy Junction, excluded.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Pontyclun to Penygraig

FreightlinerHeavy Haul 66562, on a Barrow Hill to Port Talbot Grange Sidings loaded coal train, passes through Pontyclun station on 14th December ...
Alastair McLellan 14/12/2017
The 0945 London Paddington to Swansea service passing through Pontyclun station on 14th December 2017.
Alastair McLellan 14/12/2017
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Maesaraul Branch