Location type


Name and dates


Station code: ABA National Rail
Where: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff, Wales
Opened on the Vale of Neath Railway.


31/07/1845Aberdare Railway
Act for the line promoted by Sir John Guest and Crawshay Bailey (of Aberaman Iron Works). Line to run from Navigation House to Aberdare with a branch to Cwmbach from Cwmbach Junction to provide a connection with the Aberdare Iron Company^s tramroad to Abernant.
06/08/1846Aberdare Railway
Opened to passengers from Navigation House to Mill Street west of Aberdare. Aberdate, Aberaman opened.
  /11/1852Aberdare Railway
Passenger service cut back from Mill Street to Aberdare.
02/07/1855Aberdare Valley Railway
Act for the Vale of Neath Railway to connect from Aberdare to Middle Duffryn Colliery. Chairman: Henry Austin Bruce.
  /12/1856Aberdare Railway
Line doubled except for a short portion in Aberdare.
21/07/1863Dare Valley Railway
Act for line promoted by the Taff Vale Railway to run from Dare Valley Junction, by Aberdare station, to pass under the Vale of Neath Railway Dare Branch and on to Nantmelyn Colliery and Bwlffa Dare Colliery. A branch to Hirwaun was also planned, but not built. Contractor: George Fisher of the Taff Vale Railway.
01/07/1924Aberdare Railway
Aberdare renamed Aberdare Low Level.
29/07/1973Aberdare Railway Vale of Neath Railway
Connection made from Cwmbach Junction to the former route of the Vale of Neath Railway. A crossing of the River Cynon required a bridge and a bridge from the Oxford and Princes Risborough line was used. Vale of Neath Railway reopened from there to Aberdare to provide access to Tower Colliery.
29/07/1973Aberdare Railway
Closed between Cwmbach Junction and Aberdare on re-opening of Vale of Neath Railway route. This allowed road improvements, elimination of a level crossing, and property development and was financed by the council.
03/10/1988Aberdare Railway
Aberdare opened.


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