The Leafy Road To Llantrisant

With the car in the garage for its M.OT., the quickest way on foot for me get to and from the garage is down Merthyr Road, through Treforest, and then up the A473 to Power Station Hill. It’s a fair walk, but it’s worth it for those times of the year when the leaves are green and this stretch of the A473 is empty.

6 Comments

  1. Brett Bell says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I regularly commute along this stretch of road and some of the effects you get with the early morning sun filtering through the trees is quite spectacular. One of the hidden gems of this stretch of road is the Barry Railway line that lies a few feet down and runs parallel with it. Access can be gained by taking the “the Devil’s bridge” steps. This is a footpath that can be accessed by the Water works and takes you down over the trackbed of the Barry Railway then crossing the present Pontypridd-Cardiff Line. At the bottom of the steps, a left turn will take you to the boundary of the Treforest Tin works. A right turn will take you along the riverbank and onto the railway sidings for the old Power station (the present BBC Dr Who studio)

  2. Brett Bell says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I regularly commute along this stretch of road and some of the effects you get with the early morning sun filtering through the trees is quite spectacular. One of the hidden gems of this stretch of road is the Barry Railway line that lies a few feet down and runs parallel with it. Access can be gained by taking the “the Devil’s bridge” steps. This is a footpath that can be accessed by the Water works and takes you down over the trackbed of the Barry Railway then crossing the present Pontypridd-Cardiff Line. At the bottom of the steps, a left turn will take you to the boundary of the Treforest Tin works. A right turn will take you along the riverbank and onto the railway sidings for the old Power station (the present BBC Dr Who studio)

  3. Stuart Herbert says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I went down the steps on the same day that I took this photo, and am preparing an article about the Power Station railway sidings. I didn’t know that the Barry Railway had ran nearby as well. I’ll have to go back and take another look!

  4. Stuart Herbert says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I went down the steps on the same day that I took this photo, and am preparing an article about the Power Station railway sidings. I didn’t know that the Barry Railway had ran nearby as well. I’ll have to go back and take another look!

  5. Brett Bell says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    The original Barry Line began at Trehafod which is now a leisure/country park called Barry Sidings. The old line then ran to Pontypridd and is now a cycle/walk trail. The line arrived at Pontypridd at the Graig station which was just above the present Pontypridd station and situated in the grounds of Dewi Sant Hospital. Last time I looked the platforms were still there. Straight from this station the line entered a tunnel(bricked up-but all the original stone facade is there) and passed all the way under the Graig mountain before re-emerging in the grounds of the University of Glamorgan. This entrance can still be seen, the track bed forming the refectory car-park.The line then passed behind Bertha and Hilda st where it stopped at a station.The building has been converted into a dwelling and can be seen above the streets quite clearly from the A470. The line then crossed the Llantrisant Rd (A473)just before Devils Bridge.

  6. Brett Bell says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    The original Barry Line began at Trehafod which is now a leisure/country park called Barry Sidings. The old line then ran to Pontypridd and is now a cycle/walk trail. The line arrived at Pontypridd at the Graig station which was just above the present Pontypridd station and situated in the grounds of Dewi Sant Hospital. Last time I looked the platforms were still there. Straight from this station the line entered a tunnel(bricked up-but all the original stone facade is there) and passed all the way under the Graig mountain before re-emerging in the grounds of the University of Glamorgan. This entrance can still be seen, the track bed forming the refectory car-park.The line then passed behind Bertha and Hilda st where it stopped at a station.The building has been converted into a dwelling and can be seen above the streets quite clearly from the A470. The line then crossed the Llantrisant Rd (A473)just before Devils Bridge.

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