- Llynvi and Ogmore Railway
Llynvi and Ogmore Railway Locale Wales Dates of operation 1861–1873 Successor Great Western Railway Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) & 7 ft 0 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm) Length 27 miles (43 km) Headquarters Tondu Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl RailwayLegend To Tonmawr To Clyncorrwg Cymer Viaduct To Port Talbot To Treherbert Cymmer Viaduct West Junction Cymmer Afan Cymmer Tunnel (1591 yd) Abergwynfi Caerau Colliery Abergwynfi Colliery Caerau Nantyffyllon PTR to Pontyrhyl Maesteg Neath Road Maesteg PTR to Port Talbot Maesteg (Ewenny Road) Troedyrhiew Garth Llangondyd To Brynmenyn Tondu To Bridgend Cefn Junction closed 1973 Kenfig Hill To Bridgend Pyle Junction Pyle To Swansea closed 1965 Cornelly Quarry Nottage Nottage Tunnel (63 yd) Porthcawl
The Llynvi and Ogmore Railway (originally the Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway) was formed by the merger on 1 July 1866 of the broad-gauge Llynvi Valley Railway and the standard-gauge Ogmore Valley Railway. It served Porthcawl, Bridgend, and Tondu in Glamorgan, Wales, along with various branches.
The company name was spelt Llynvi using the Anglicised phonetic spelling popular at the time, rather than the correct Welsh Llynfi.
- 1825 The horse-drawn Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway (DLPR) authorised by Act of Parliament
- 1828 The horse-drawn Bridgend Railway authorised by Act of Parliament
- 1847 Llynvi Valley Railway (LVR) authorised by Act of Parliament and merges with DLPR
- 1861 Horse-drawn LVR re-routed and re-opened as the steam-hauled, broad gauge Llynvi Valley Railway
- 1863 Ogmore Valley Railway authorised by Act of Parliament
- 1865 Ogmore Valley Railway opened from Nantymoel to Tondu
- 1866 Llynvi and Ogmore Railway formed by merger
- 1868 All lines now mixed gauge
- 1872 Broad gauge abandoned
- 1877 Cymmer Tunnel opened to connect with the Afan valley
- 1883 Amalgamated into the Great Western Railway as part of the Maesteg Line
- 1886 Llynvi Valley Extension (Great Western Railway) to Abergwynfi opens
- 1960 Line to Abergwynfi closes
- 1965 Branch to Porthcawl railway station closes in the Beeching Axe
- 1971 Cymmer Tunnel closed to all rail traffic
- 1973 Cefn Junction and Signal Box closes
- Main article: Locomotives of the Great Western Railway
Broad gauge 0-6-0ST
0-6-0ST Power type Steam Builder Slaughter, Grunning & Co. Configuration 0-6-0ST Gauge 7 ft 0 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm) Driver diameter 4 ft 6 in (1,372 mm) Wheelbase 15 ft 5 in (4,699 mm) Cylinder size dia × stroke, 16.5 × 24 in (419 × 610 mm)
- Ada (1862 – 1868)
- Una (1862 – 1868)
In 1868 they were exchanged for standard gauge locomotives from the West Cornwall Railway, which had recently been rebuilt to allow broad gauge trains to run through from the Great Western Railway to Penzance.
In 1876 Ada and Una became GWR 2146 and 2147 respectively. They were withdrawn in 1884 and 1886.
Broad gauge 4-4-0ST
4-4-0ST Power type Steam Builder Slaughter, Grunning & Co. Configuration 4-4-0ST Gauge 7 ft 0 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm) Leading wheel
3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Driver diameter 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Wheelbase 18 ft 0 in (5,486 mm) Cylinder size dia × stroke 16.5 × 24 in (419 × 610 mm)
- Rosa (1863 – 1868)
Rosa was also exchanged for West Cornwall Railway rolling stock in 1868. It was then rebuilt as an 0-6-0ST, making it similar to Ada and Una.
It became GWR 2145 and was withdrawn in 1885.
Twelve Lynvi and Ogmore Railway locomotives were acquired by the Great Western Railway in 1873 and renumbered 915 to 926.
- 5 Sharp Stewart and Company 0-6-0ST (1865)
- 4 Robert Stephenson and Company 2-4-0 ex-West Cornwall Railway (1868), three rebuilt as tank locomotives
- 3 Black, Hawthorn & Co. (1871)
- The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. ISBN 0-906867-90-8.
- MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway.
- Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2634-3.
- Gathering the Jewels
- Duffryn, Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway
- Llynvi Valley Extension (Great Western Railway)
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