Remembering Tondu Junction
Heritage Project at Wesley Church Centre Tondu
Photo taken from the Internet and used with permission. Ben Brooksbank, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Did you or a member of your family work on the railway at Tondu? At one time Tondu was one of the busiest junctions in Britain, serving the mining valleys to the north and connecting to Bridgend and mainline stations to the south. The station opened in 1864 as part of the Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway and in 1883 the station and associated lines became part of the Great Western Railway. Over the years Tondu Junction grew in size, with a large engine shed to stable locomotives, a wagon works, a marshalling yard and signal boxes.
The station at Tondu also served passengers and a favourite destination was Porthcawl. Many people might remember longer day trips to places such as Blackpool. The station closed to passenger traffic in 1970 but an hourly service on the Maesteg line recommenced in 1992. The line to the Ogmore Valley has gone but most of the track to the Garw Valley remains and the Garw Valley Railway society are working towards re-opening the line between Pontycymmer and Tondu as a heritage railway.
On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September 2017 Wesley Church Centre Tondu (the Methodist Church) will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. to celebrate and remember ‘The Railway Heritage of Tondu’. This event takes place as part of the Open Doors scheme run by Cadw in Wales. You will be able to see photographs, maps, models and artefacts that tell the story of Tondu Junction and there will be an opportunity to find out more about the plans of the Garw Valley Railway Society.
Perhaps you can help with this project? We are looking for photographs, memorabilia or eyewitness accounts of the railway in Tondu and district. If you think you can help, or you know someone who could, then please make contact. You can ring Jeff on 01656 662671 or Malcolm on 01656 724335. Or just come along on the Friday or Saturday and enjoy reminiscing about old times. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and light refreshments will be available on both days.