Retracing the PC&N Railway: Part Five: Dynea Halt

Previous station: Rhydyfelin Halt.

At the turn of the century, the PC&N had purchased it’s own stock of trains to run passenger services, and a series of local stops were built for these services. As with the previous halts on the line, Dynea Halt opened (initially named just Dynea) on September 1st, 1904.

Via NLS, https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=17&lat=51.5867&lon=-3.3020&layers=168&right=BingHyb. Side by side view of 1911 map and modern day. The halt’s location is broadly centre of the map.

The initial halt had ground-level platforms with partially-open wooden shelters, located inside fenced enclosures. Only four years after it opened, during October of 1908, bad flooding damaged the halt and some of the surrounding area, (even causing the Glamorganshire Canal to burst it’s banks a few hundred yards below the site of the halt).

Courtesy RCT Digital Archive. The view looking north at flood damage, 19th Oct, 1908. The entrance to the halt can be seen at left of frame.
Courtesy RCT Digital Archive. The view of the cottages just south of the halt, damaged in the flood, 19th Oct, 1908. One of the halt’s shelters is visible in the background.

When the PC&N came under ownership of the GWR in the 1920’s, the halt was renamed Dynea Halt (on 1st July, 1924) .In 1931, a small down-siding was added about 300 yards east of the station, but it was removed around 1943. The halt set-up itself had changed by the mid-1950’s, with the shelters and enclosures being removed sometime in the prior years.

15th Sept, 1955 – Driver’s view, approaching Dynea Halt, and a lone passenger.

As with the rest of the line in 1948, it came under state ownership, and eventually closed on the 17th September, 1956, along with many of the other halts on the line. The site remained derelict for many years.

Courtesy RCT Digital Archive. The site of the halt, looking towards Caerphilly, sometime in 1977.

The entire trackbed was re-purposed in the early 1980’s as part of the Taff Trail walking path, and nothing remains of the halt today. A small playground area now lies just south of the former site of the halt. The cottages just below the halt have also been demolished, and replaced with indusutrial units.

Via Google Streetview. The site of the halt, looking towards Pontypridd.
Courtesy of Dave Hilling. Contemporary view of the former site of the halt looking toward Caerphilly. The track bed can be seen over the cutting, in the trees in the distance.

Moving down the line, next we’ll look at the Upper Boat Halt….

Images and information sourced from:

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=17&lat=51.5867&lon=-3.3020&layers=168&right=BingHyb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontypridd,_Caerphilly_and_Newport_Railway

http://archive.rhondda-cynon-taf.gov.uk/index.php?WINID=1543929205507

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynea_Halt_railway_station

http://maps.google.com

3 thoughts on “Retracing the PC&N Railway: Part Five: Dynea Halt

  1. Hi Kris,

    Loving your blogs on the PC&N. Didn’t know if you wanted to use my shot of Dynea Halt (attached) as it’s very close to the 1977 picture you’ve posted. My bike is roughly where the halt (down) would have been, looking towards Caerphilly. You can see the trackbed continuing across the ‘cutting’ where the bridge would have been.

    Cheers,

    Dave.

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