5 October 2010
Gowerton to Llanmorlais Pictures
Branch History & Timeline
|1865||Line opened from Gowerton No.2 Junction on the Pontarddulais to Swansea Victoria line to Penclawdd by the Llanelly Railway & Dock Company. (note 1)|
|1871||Ownership transferred to Swansea & Carmarthen Railways.|
|1 July 1871||Line worked or leased by London & North Western Railway.|
|28 July 1873||Swansea & Carmarthen Railways renamed Central Wales & Carmarthen Junction Railway.|
|1877||Penclawdd to Llanmorlais opened.|
|21 July 1891||Central Wales & Carmarthen Junction Railway sold to London & North Western Railway.|
|1 January 1923||Absorbed by London Midland & Scottish Railway.|
|5 January 1931||Passenger services ceased, Penclawdd and Llanmorlais stations closed.|
|1 January 1948||Absorbed by British Railways.|
|2 September 1957||Branch closed completely.|
Note 1. The Register of British Railway Companies (RCHS, 2005) shows the Llanelly company as leased and worked by Great Western from 13 July 1868 and absorbed by them on 24 June 1889. Col. Cobb's Atlas shows parts of the Llanelly company lines ending up in GWR and parts in LNWR. A brief history of the company appears in Wikipedia. Railway Passenger Stations (RCHS, 2009) gives date of opening as 14 December 1867. Carmarthenshire Archives Service holds several records.
Penclawdd, 15 September 2010
Location N51.641846° W4.102604°.
Station opened 14 December 1867 with limited service and fully from August 1871. Closed 5 January 1931. The "Railway Inn" which was near the station is still in business although well separated from the platform by dwelling houses.
Llanmorlais, 14 September 2010
Location N51.631088° W4.120629°
Station opened 1 March 1884 and closed 5 January 1931. The line continued a short way onward to what appears to be siding and run-round facilities. The 1898 Glamorganshire 1:2,500 OS map seems to show a bridge over the off-shoot of Station Road rather than a level crossing.
There are other sidings and tram roads leading from the main siding / run-round that bear further exploration.