Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway






Dates

10/08/1882Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Incorporated.
02/11/1885Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon opened
  /  /1890Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Opened.
01/12/1891Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon renamed Aberavon and Port Talbot
27/06/1892Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Act for line from Swansea Prince of Wales Dock to Treherbert.
30/12/1893Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Extended from Aberavon to Briton Ferry Dock.
14/12/1894Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Extended from Briton Ferry Dock over the Neath Swing Bridge to Swansea.
14/12/1894Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Opened to freight in Swansea.
14/03/1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon Seaside opened
14/03/1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Neath Branch from Court Sart opened to a new Neath station.
14/03/1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Opened to passengers to Swansea Riverside station.
  /06/1895Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon and Port Talbot renamed Port Talbot (Aberavon)
  /  /1896Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Works and engine shed opened a mile east of Danygraig.
07/05/1899Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Ceases to use the Swansea Harbour Trustees Railway between Danygraig and Riverside.
  /07/1924Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Neath renamed Neath Canal Side.
01/07/1924Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Port Talbot (Aberavon) renamed Aberavon Town
11/09/1933Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Passenger trains diverted from Swansea Riverside to Swansea East Dock. Riverside closed.
  /  /1935Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon to Court Sart closed to through traffic, traffic diverted onto the South Wales Railway.
  /  /1935Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Jersey Marine South to Swansea closed to passengers.
16/09/1935Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Neath Canal Side closed to passengers.
20/09/1935Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Many trains diverted to Swansea High Street.
02/12/1962Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon Seaside closed
03/12/1962Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Aberavon Town closed
  /  /1964Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Works and engine shed at Danygraig closed.
06/09/1965Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Neath Canal Side branch closed, except for private siding.
  /12/1967Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Jersey Marine to Danygraig (excluded) closed.
24/02/1969Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Carriage shed at Danygraig becomes the Swansea Freightliner Terminal.
30/11/1983Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway
Neath Canal Side branch completely closed.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Treherbert to Swansea







This is a 3,443 yd single track tunnel of the former Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway between Treherbert (Rhondda and Swansea Bay Junction) and Blaengwynfi. The line opened in 1890 and closed in 1968 as a result of a partial bridge collapse.
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The effectiveness of this earnest advice on the wall of the former Cymmer Afan station [see image 49980] is somewhat reduced by the absence of a ...
Ken Strachan 30/06/2018
I have no idea whether this type of engine ever steamed through the Welsh Valleys, but it is a nice image - on a nice pub. See image 49980. ...
Ken Strachan 30/06/2018
Cymmer Afan station building, which was on the Rhonda and Swansea Bay Railway in a view looking west. The Llynvi Valley Extension (Llynvi and Ogmore ...
Alastair McLellan 05/04/2018
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Cynonville Halt platforms looking towards Pontrhydyfen on 31st March 2018. The building on the up platform is a recent addition of a barbeque ...
Alastair McLellan 31/03/2017
A view of Cynonville Halt with the addition of the barbeque shelter and one of the original lamp posts still in situ. ...
Alastair McLellan 05/04/2018
Platform view of Cynonville Halt looking towards Cymmer from the over bridge in March 2017. The path is now part of the national cycle network - Route ...
Alastair McLellan 31/03/2017
The surviving Cynonville Halt platforms looking up the Afan Valley towards Cymmer. The station closed in 1956 and is seen here on 31st March 2017. ...
Alastair McLellan 31/03/2017
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This was a two platform station with a loop on a single track line and a goods loop on the north side. There was a siding at the west end of the goods loop and a branch of the South Wales Mineral Railway joined at the east end of the loop.
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South Wales Mineral Railway
Looking South over the viaduct. see image 56972 ...
Ken Strachan 22/10/2016
Taken during a walk from Pontrhydyfen to Cymmer Afan along the old track bed of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway which is now part of the Afan ...
Alastair McLellan 31/03/2017
As the road beneath curves right, the single track rail viaduct curves to the left - honest! You will also have to take it from me that there is an ...
Ken Strachan 22/10/2016
The viaduct at Pontrhydyfen that carried the Port Talbot Railway to Tonmawr. See image 49927 ...
John Thorn 06/08/2002
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Collett 0-4-0T no 1102 photographed on Danygraig shed, Swansea, in June 1959. Note the bell on the front of the cab, a fairly standard feature on the ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/06/1959
Collett 0-4-0T dock shunter no 1103, built by the Avonside Engine Co, Bristol, in 1926 and spending most of its life in and around Swansea docks. Seen ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/06/1959
Peckett 0-4-0ST no 1143 stands in the shed yard at Danygraig (87C) on 28 June 1959. The locomotive was acquired by the Great Western Railway from the ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 28/06/1959
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Neath Branch






Port Talbot Curve

Interior of a standard class coach of a new GWR Class 800 train, travelling between Port Talbot and Neath on 16th November 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 16/11/2017
The new station buildings at Port Talbot Parkway, seen on 14th June 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 14/06/2019
66128 heads east through Port Talbot with a Trostre to Margam Yard empties on the up goods line. ...
Alastair McLellan 15/07/2016
GWR Class 800 Electro-diesel set 800011 on the rear of the 1029 Swansea to London Paddington service departing Port Talbot on 16th November 2017
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Alastair McLellan 16/11/2017
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