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    Bridgend the town by the river 

Picture taken 25 Feburary 2016 by Alan Bateman

railway station
(Welsh: Gorsaf Pen-y-bont) is a mainline railway station, serving the town of Bridgend, South Wales. It is located approximately halfway between Cardiff Central railway station and Swansea where the Maesteg railway Line diverges from the South Wales Main Line, and is the western terminus of the Vale of Glamorgan Line from Cardiff via Barry and Llantwit Major. It is the fifth busiest station in Wales, after Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, Newport and Swansea.

Bridgend Railway Station.  Picture Alan Bateman.

The station was opened on 18 July 1850, and both the main platform building and the 1877 pedestrian bridge are Grade II listed.
The station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Services on both branch lines from the station were withdrawn for a time in the 1960s & early 1970s (trains on the Vale of Glamorgan line fell victim to the Beeching Axe in June 1964, whilst Maesteg trains were withdrawn in July 1970), but because the lines remained in situ due to coal traffic for the Aberthaw Power Station, each one has since been reopened to passenger services.

Bridgend railway foot bridge. 25/02/2016 Alan Bateman
The bridge is in the origional colours with the ironwork still in excelent condition as can be seen from the pictures below.
Pictures Alan Bateman 26/02/2016

Pictures Alan Bateman 25/02/2016

This picture was taken in 1905.    Photographer unknown

This is a later Picture taken in 1958. Photographer unknown

By Ben Brooksbank, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Accident on the Bridgend to Swansea Line
In December 1965 a fatal collision occurred with a derailed Class 47, D1671, and D6983 travelling to Swansea, as the result of a landslip. The damage was so severe that the  D6983 had to be withdrawn and as a result, the only locomotive in the entire  EE Type 3 class not to receive a TOPS number.

The wreckage blocked the South Wales mainline and the Vale of Glamorgan line creating a great deal of disruption. Trains had to be diverted via the Vale of Neath line until a landslip also blocked that route. before the lines reopened, the remains of both wrecked locomotives were sold to a local scrap merchant  R.S. Hayes who cut both engines up for scrap the following year

Services on both branch lines from the station were withdrawn for a time in the 1960s & early 1970s as trains on the Vale of Glamorgan line fell victim to the Beeching Axe in June 1964, and the Maesteg trains were withdrawn in July 1970, but because the lines remained in situ to carry coal traffic to the Aberthaw Power Station, each one has since been reopened to passenger services and also carries commersial traffic which includes the steel from Port Talbot steel works.

Some of the services on the lines today

Steel Train. Picture Alan Bateman 24/02/2016

EWS 66160 thunders through Bridgend railway station.
Picture Alan Bateman

The InvernessTMD No 37025 on  way back for another load.
Picture Alan Bateman

Passenger services are operated by Great Western Railway to and from London Paddington and Swansea which stop at Bridgend, with some services extending to Carmarthen; and by Arriva Trains Wales to destinations throughout Wales.

HST125 no: 43098  Picture Alan Bateman 25/02/2016

Two Arriva trains in Bridgend the 175004 and the 175109
Picture Alan Bateman
Arriva Trains Wales trains run along the South Wales Main Line and West Wales Line to Swansea and then to Carmarthen, Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven or Fishguard Harbour.

Mainline services to Swansea and London run hourly (with extra services at peak hours), whilst regional and local services run hourly.

Below a Royal visitor Prince Charles aboard the Royal Train.

Pictures Alan Bateman 26/02/2016

Pictures Alan Bateman 26/02/2016

The Aberdare Arriva train arriving on platform 1A
Pictures Alan Bateman 26/02/2016

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Bridgend History

The Old Post Office Garage
The Old Post Office Garage

Royal cipher E VIII R. 1936

Bridgend ROF 53
Bridgend ROF 53

Hut 9
Hut 9

Hut 9
Island Farm

The Old Historic Bridge

Newcastle Castle

St Illtyds Church

Mason Williams clock c1890

Isambard Kingdom Brunel above and name plate of same below
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Engine No 43003


Royal Train

Royal Train

Royal Train

Driver Stan Martin

Aberdare train on platform 1A

Looking West

Royal Train

Royal Train 67006 leaving Bridgend Station

Arriva 150282 pulling into Bridgend Platform 2

A different platform view East bound

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