The Ely Valley Railway: Llantrisant - Penygraig (PC)
The third branch - the Ely Valley line - appeared to be the most modern, with double track and stations dating from around the turn of the century. Appearances were deceptive, however, as this was, in fact, the oldest of the three branches, having been opened in 1860 as a single track, broad gauge mineral line by the Ely Valley Railway Co. Extensively modernised in connection with the doubling of the line and the subsequent introduction of passenger trains , it remained an independent concern (although leased by the GWR) until amalgamation with the larger company in 1902.
The Ely Valley line passenger trains clung on until 1958, their departure leaving Llantrisant with only the main line stopping service. Closed in 1964, the station was reborn in 1992 with the geographically more correct but to the railway historian rather prosaic tile of 'Pontyclun'.
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