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

Ty Glas Railway Station

Taken from the bridge that carries the A469 over the Coryton Line. Looking east towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Ty Glas Railway Station

Looking west to Ty Glas Railway Station. Taken from the gate to the pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the station.

Ty Glas Railway Station

Looking east along the Coryton Line. In the distance the track finally abandons its straight march across the north of Cardiff and starts to turn to the south, towards Heath Low Level Railway Station and beyond to Cardiff Queen Street.

Ty Glas Railway Station

Looking west, back towards Birchgrove Railway Station, which is immediately beyond the bridge in the distance.

Comms Tower Beside Ty Glas Station

This is the comms tower seen in the earlier shot to the immediate south of Ty Glas Railway Station.

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Why I Love North Wales

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Today’s choice of wallpaper is another shot from last year’s summer holiday in North Wales. As I’m writing this, I’m feeling doubly whistful; partly because I’m not yet able to go on walks like this, and partly because it makes me miss my childhood.

As a child growing up in South Yorkshire, my favourite family trips were always days out in the Peak District around Hathersage and Castleton, and after graduating I originally planned to move out into the Peak District within a few years. Life however never works out the way you hope, and with no work up North I was forced to move down to Southern England, where I’ve lived and worked ever since.

Walking in the hills and mountains of North Wales reminds me of the Peak District in a way that South Wales doesn’t. I don’t really know why; maybe it’s that South Wales never feels very remote, with Merthyr, Swansea and Cardiff never far away. I don’t know.

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