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5 October 2010

Gowerton to Llanmorlais Pictures

Branch History & Timeline

Date Event
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.

General View of Platform
Rodding Tunnel Still Visible
Road Name Gives A Clue
Looking Towards Gowerton
Looking Towards Llanmorlais
The Houses Now In The Way

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.

The Station Site.
The path marks the line of the railway.
The Yard was along here
and on through the trees