Newport Railway

Introduction

This line is closed.






Dates

  /  /1862Cowes and Newport Railway
Opened.
05/07/1865Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
Act passed.
  /  /1866Newport Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
17/09/1874Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
Opened from Pontypool South Junction to Maindee Junctions opened to goods.
21/12/1874Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
Opened from Pontypool North Junction to Panteg Junction avoiding Coedygric Sidings. Passenger train start to use the line and run to Newport station on the South Wales Railway.
  /  /1875Ryde and Newport Railway
Line opened.
01/01/1875Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
London and North Western Railway uses line for Shrewsbury to Newport Mill Street.
  /  /1878Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
Connection made from Llantarnam Junction to Cwmbran Junction on the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company line. Great Western Railway trains divert to main Newport station.
08/08/1878Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Act passed. Promoted by J.C. Parkinson of the Alexandra Docks and Railway and Sir George Elliot of Powell Duffryn Collieries. Double track line to run from south of the Taff Vale Railway's Pontypridd station (Pontypool, Caerphilly and Newport Junction Railway) to Caerphilly (Penrhos Upper Junction) on the Rhymney Railway. Running powers over the Brecon and Merthyr Railway's Caerphilly Branch to Machen and on to Bassaleg Junction with the Alexandra Docks and Railway. Engineer Sir James W. Szlumper.
  /03/1879Pontypool Caerleon and Newport Railway
London and North Western Railway stop using line for passengers. Cwmbran to Mill Street becomes freight only.
12/05/1879Newport Railway
Wormit to Tayport via Newport opened. A new short bridge opened from Wormit to meet the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) at a junction just offshore. A second signal box was at this junction.
12/05/1879Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Tay Port altered to become a through station on the Newport Railway, afterwards known as Tayport.
13/05/1879Newport Railway
Newport to Wormit opened.
  /  /1883Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Plans to use the Nixons Private Railway and Powel Duffryn Private Railway to run up the valley from Abercynon to Aberdare.
  /  /1884Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Taff Vale Railway works line from Pontypridd to near Alexandra Docks.
07/07/1884Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
First attempt to open new route. Train departs Pontypridd but is blocked by the Great Western Railway at Bassaleg Junction.
25/07/1884Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Through route is allowed to operate.
  /04/1886Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Owned section of track through Park Mile is opened to West Mendalgief Junction. Route authorised to east of existing lines, but is swapped with Great Western Railway for use of original westernmost route. Great Western Railway moves sideways onto new tracks.
28/12/1887Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Passenger service started from Newport to Pontypridd.
  /  /1888Freshwater Yarmouth and Newport Railway
Construction begins.
  /  /1889Freshwater Yarmouth and Newport Railway
Construction complete.
  /  /1889Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway
Line operated by the Isle of Wight Central Railway.
06/07/1897Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport RailwayAlexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway
Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway taken over by Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway.
01/01/1899Great Western Railway
Takes over the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway^s Newport to Pontypridd passenger service.
  /  /1900Newport RailwayNorth British Railway
Newport Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
01/09/1904Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway
New service from Pontypridd (Tram Road) Halt on the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway, east of the Taff Vale Railway station, to Caerphilly started. Uses two steam railmotors built by the Glasgow Railway Engineering Works (Glasgow Railway and Engineering Company) of Govan. Seven halts opened on route.
01/03/1909Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway
New Pontypool Road station opened.
  /  /1913Freshwater Yarmouth and Newport Railway
Isle of Wight Central Railway ceases to operate line.
10/07/1922Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Tram Road Motor Halt, Pontypridd, closed when the Great Western Railway arranges for Newport trains to use the Taff Vale Railway^s Pontypridd station.
28/05/1955Newport Railway
Excursion train de-railed at Wormit.
17/09/1956Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)
Passenger service from Pontypridd to Caerphilly and Machen withdrawn.
22/05/1966Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport closed, replacement bus starts.
23/05/1966Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport closed to all traffic.
02/01/1967Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tay Bridge South Junction closed to freight.
29/07/1967Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway
Pontypridd to Glyntaff goods depot closed.
18/09/1967Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport bus ceases.
18/12/1967Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Tayport official closure date (closed early due to Tay Road Bridge works).
05/05/1969Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Dundee (Tay Bridge South Junction) closed to passengers.
05/05/1969Newport Railway
Wormit to Newport-on-Tay closed to passengers.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Wormit to Tayport

This junction opened in 1879 when the Newport Railway was opened to meet the 1878 Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) at the south end of the Tay Bridge [1st]. The southern end of the bridge was modified with the addition of a new girder bridge which met the existing bridge offshore. The junction was entirely offshore.
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Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)


This was a single platform station on the north side of the line. The station building was at the west end. The building was brick built, rectangular with a flat roof. There was no goods yard.
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Remains of the painted station sign alongside the former westbound platform at Newport-on-Tay West in 1996. The ^ORT^ can still be made out on the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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This was a two platform station with a loop on a single line. The main station building was on the eastbound platform, at its south end. The signal box was half way along the same platform.
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The former station at Newport-on-Tay East, (opened as East Newport in 1879) seen in June 2008 looking towards Tayport. The eastbound platform ran ...
Brian Forbes 11/06/2008
A sunny morning in East Station Place, Newport on Tay, in May 2005, showing the converted Newport-on-Tay East Station. View towards Tayport. ...
John Furnevel 10/05/2005
View along East Station Place, Newport-on-Tay, in May 2005. The former Newport-on-Tay East station building (closed in May 1969) stands out from the ...
John Furnevel 10/05/2005
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Extract from the Scottish Region timetable for winter 1960-61 showing the Tayport and St Andrews lines. Guard Bridge had a peak-hours only ...
David Panton 12/09/1960
View from the Bell Rock Hotel, across the level crossing and Tayport station site on 8th August 2018. Broughty Ferry is in the distance.
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Gary Straiton 08/08/2018
In 1996 one solitary building from the railway remained, the brick building off to the right. This has since been demolished. The brick wall, which ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
The housing covers a large goods yard. Centre of pier was where tramp steamers tied up. There was a wagon tip-up which when the door was opened ...
Brian Forbes /03/2007
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