Location type


Name and dates


Opened on the Rumney Railway.
Opened on the Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway).

Chronology Dates

01/08/1861Rumney Railway
Act passed to convert tramroad into a railway and modify levels and for a branch from Machen to the Rhymney Railway at Caerphilly.
  /  /1864Rumney Railway
Machen to Caerphilly partly opened. Rest of route opened as Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway).
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.
14/09/1891Caerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)
New 'up' (eastwards to Newport) route opened between Gwaun y Bara Junction and Machen. Known as the 'Machen Loop' Line. This effectively doubles the route.
17/09/1956Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport RailwayCaerphilly Branch (Brecon and Merthyr Railway)
Passenger service from Pontypridd to Caerphilly and Machen withdrawn.

News items

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