Earlier in 2010, I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line. This is the surviving section of the Bute’s Cardiff Railway, the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the Bute’s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal (which the Marquis had earlier bought), but that ultimately he wasn’t allowed to close the canal, and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway.

Today, the Coryton Line is a single-track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff. There are no services on a Sunday, making it the perfect day to explore these stations.

The Photos

Coryton Railway Station

This is the northern end of the Coryton Line, the surviving segment of the Cardiff Railway’s torturous (and ultimately unsuccessful) route up into the valleys in competition for carrying Rhondda and Merthyr coal.

Today, just beyond the fence, there’s a short (about 20 mins or so) but beautiful walk along the old trackbed up to Longwood Drive.

Coryton Railway Station

The bridge in the background carries the A4054 (the original Merthyr Road, before the A470 was built in the late 1960’s) over the old route of the Cardiff Railway.

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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2008 Review: Janet's Foss

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My desktop wallpaper today is another of my favourite photos taken with my beloved Nikon D200, which I recently sold after four and a half years of faithful service.

At the time of writing, I still haven’t sorted through and processed many of the photos from our 2008 holiday in North Yorkshire (did I mention that Yorkshire is the greatest country in the whole world yet?) but one of the photos that I have uploaded is this lovely shot of Janet’s Foss waterfall in the North Yorkshire Dales near Malham. We’d gone over to Malham for the day in the hope of taking some shots of Malham Cove, but sadly the Cove was closed because someone had fallen to his death from the limestone pavement above as we walked up from Malham. It’s a lovely circular route: Malham Cove, up to the world-famous limestone pavement, across to Gordale Scar, and then back to Malham past Janet’s Foss.

I love this photo not just because of the memories, but also there’s something about the light there that I think it captured very well. Looking at it now, it makes me think that I should take a week of work at some point and do a set of waterfall photos for the blog. Maybe once we’ve had enough regular rain to restore the water table levels, eh?

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