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Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells - Penybont

Penybont


Blaengwynfi

Photograph: Courtney Haydon Collection (Y-37-04)
31/01/2011 from Bevan Price
Presumably Rhondda Tunnel, looking approx. NE
31/01/2011 from John Simmonds
This is the Blaengwynfi (west) end of the Rhondda Tunnel whose one & only airshaft is about 100 yards inside this end due to the huge depth of the mountain it passes under. It is located on the flat area above the portal approximately where the 2 telegraph posts are. I walked through it last Autumn from the other end & it is now completely walled just beyond the said shaft. View is looking roughly east.
31/01/2011 from Mal Hammond
location: Blaengwynfi
This tunnel was 2 miles long. !n the 1980s this end was landscaped and filled. The locals had found a coal seam that the tunnel crossed and were helping themselves. This part closed in Dec 1962 as the tunnel was deemed to be unsafe. There are some good photos of the untidy station site (1973) on Capt 'Gorgeous' flicker page. This shows the site and the large hill which is obscured in this photo.
01/02/2011 from Bevan Price
I know the 1962 closure date appears elsewhere, but I passed through the tunnel on 7 July 1964 on a Bridgend - Treherbert service (W55034), before continuing from Treherbert to Cardiff.
01/02/2011 from Max Birchenough
The other end of this tunnel got a mention in the BBC Wales "Weatherman Walking" programme, no. 4 in the series, I think. The presenter was walking round the head of the Rhondda Fawr, and there were some interesting views of the valley, its industrial remains, and of Treherbert station. Watchable via iplayer.
20/02/2011 from Dorothy Chambers
location: Blaengwynfi
I moved from Blaengwynfi in 1963, and know that at least the line from the village to Port Talbot was running in the dreadful winter of '63, because it was the only means of me getting to school in the town on days when buses failed to get through. It was due to close before the following winter. Our house was due for demolition, and my father succeeded in getting us rehoused in Port Talbot, arguing that otherwise he might fail to get to work and I to school in another winter like that due to Beeching's axe!
20/02/2011 from Dorothy Chambers
location: Blaengwynfi
I should have added that in the 1930s, my grandfather, a groom originally from Devon and working 'under ground' with horses, walked to and from work in a Rhondda-valley pit through this tunnel in his eighties!
06/04/2012 from andy lewis
location: Maesteg
The line from Cymmer General station down to Port Talbot was closed in 1964. After that you could only travel from Maesteg via Cymmer to Treherbert. In 1968 the Blaencwm tunnel was temporarily closed due to the roof being unstable, and trains could only then travel as far as Cymmer. In June 1970 everything closed, a terrible waste!
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