Just another brief post about some old local railway architecture…
As mentioned in my previous posts, we know that the huge former-TVR station in Pontypridd has been the area’s primary station for ages, and that there used to be a secondary station a couple of hundred yards up the road, run by the rival Barry Railway, named Pontypridd Graig.
In researching that second station I was surprised to find out the existence of a third (albeit much smaller) railway station in Pontypridd! A few hundred yards down the track from the main station, just at the beginning of the Broadway in Treforest, used to stand Pontypridd Tram Road Halt. Part of yet another rival company, the line ran to Caerphilly and onto Newport. I was surprised to learn of this station, because the area where it once stood has been so extensively remodeled over the years that there is very, very little evidence remaining of it.
The railway line from Pontypridd used to cross over the Broadway via a bridge. The only evidence of the bridge now remaining is one of the abutments, everything else has been swept away to widen the roads and provide a link to the A470 through-road.
The photo below shows the current road layout – the old line broadly followed the road along the right-most side of the picture, and was elevated above the road level by earth that has now been levelled. The tracks then ran across the bridge detailed above and followed the course of what is now the A470, at least at some points.
The station itself originally sat nearby to the old bridge. A very nondescript, small wooden structure, I had a hard time finding any photos of it, but you can get some idea of how it looked from these few pics.
A very much forgotten bit of the local environment…