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  • Stuart's Photography - » Brecon and Merthyr Railway
    to go with the convenience of my trusty IXUS 400 I m looking forward to going back to the viaduct during the summer With leaves on the trees and blue skies overhead not only will it make for a great day s photography but it will also make for a great afternoon s walk Favourite Photo From The Shoot This black and white shot of the arches of the viaduct from down on Tai Mawr Road is my favourite photo from the shoot It s the detail of the brickwork that does it for me I m really pleased with the results of converting this image in Aperture The original colour photo is also up on Flickr Three Tips From The Shoot Always shoot in colour even if the final images are to be in black and white It gives you more options because you have all those colours available to adjust those options are gone if you shoot straight to black and white One example is this image taken from on top of the viaduct I adjusted the blues in the photo first to ensure that the wet stone that s in focus matched the tone of the rest of the wall as it disappears into the distance Pixel count does matter to a point My photo of a man walking his dog is a crop taken from the top corner of the original image It s such a small crop there s hardly any more detail to be had from the shot This image would have benefited from a few extra megapixels Explore a little When I arrived at the viaduct I didn t know about the old bridge slightly upstream But I m glad I spotted it and made my way down to it In the end I got more good photos from the walk down to that bridge and back than I did from my original planned journey across the viaduct 2 comments Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr Rhymney Railway River Ely River Rhondda River Taff Shoot Shopping Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Bristol Channel
    a comment An Evening At Font y gary Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 2nd 2010 in Bristol Channel Font y gary Merthyr Road Modern Photos Shoot Turnpike Old Road The caravan park at Font y gary has been a popular place for the residents of Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys to escape to for an affordable summer holiday for many years Overlooking the Bristol Channel Font y gary stands above a rocky beach that affords great views to the west towards Aberthaw and the Atlantic Ocean beyond Thoughts On The Day We decided to end the weekend with a shoot down on the coast South Wales has some amazing coastline much of which we ve explored in previous photography jaunts but one place we haven t been back to since we went digital in 2003 is the coastline around Font y gary and Aberthaw Sadly there wasn t enough light or time before the tide came in for us to make our way along to Aberthaw too this time but we ve agreed to head back there soon perhaps to try a morning shoot as everything interesting is to the west We went out there for Kristi to get in some practice with her new Canon rig Since she dumped her old Nikon D70 for a Canon EOS 500D I know I know I tried to convince her to simply get a better Nikon but there was no stopping her her photography has had a whole new lease of life I m just really pleased to see her getting out and about and getting her creativeness back after last summer s car crash Today she wanted to practice a mix of coastal photography and sunset photography and Font y gary offered both a plenty Whilst she did that I had some fun of my own It gave me a great opportunity to get some practice in with both my Nikon 70 300mm VR lens I m really loving its colour handling and the Nikkor 50mm f 1 4D To be honest the light was crap it was overcast with little colour in it and little contrast I m pleased I managed to get anything at all from it The Photos My favourite shot of the evening was this gentleman fishing down by the shore I ve no idea whether he went home empty handed or not Right on the edge of the horizon we could just make out this odd shape We figured it must be a ship from the way it kept changing shape but it certainly had us puzzled The main reason we went down to the coast this evening was for Kristi to get some practice in at shooting coastal scenery She s recently switched from her aging Nikon D70 to a Canon EOS 500D and has been greatly enjoying the upgrade Me despite the impressive features that the 500D offers such as a truly useful LiveView and in camera colour curve editing you ll

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Bute Dock Feeder
    the loss of mud flats important to wildlife As part of the regeneration the first dock to compete with the Glamorganshire Canal s Sea Lock Pond has been almost completely erased from the landscape Originally known as the Bute Ship Canal all that is left of the Bute West Dock today is the Roald Dahl Basin down on the shore a popular venue for events such as food fairs and the Bute Dock Feeder that used to take water from the River Taff beside Cardiff Weir to help regulate the water level in the dock With no dock left to flow into the Bute Feeder has instead been diverted down to the old Junction Canal which once linked Bute West Dock and Bute East Dock What appears to be an entirely new waterway now flows south off of Junction Canal Around it has sprung up the housing development known as Atlantic Wharf transforming what was once a busy industrial dockland into a sort of Cardiff s own Little Venice Thoughts On The Day Daft as it sounds I actually stumbled upon the Atlantic Wharf redevelopment by accident I found myself with lunch hour to kill and I decided to follow the Bute Dock Feeder as best I could to see where it goes today I m very glad that I did The path that leads south beside the Bute Dock Feeder from Herbert Street gives no inkling of the new waterway hidden beyond Indeed the Feeder quickly disappears into the overgrowth My initial reaction was one of Oh well Appearing and disappearing stretches of water are the hallmark of the remains of the Glamorganshire Canal and its associated waterways However rounding the corner reveals the Junction Canal which could never have looked as pleasant as it does today Built to link Bute s original Dock the Bute West Dock to his bigger deeper Bute East Dock the only old photo I ve seen of Junction Canal shows it to have been a miserable industrial landscape crossed by the remains of a ruined railway viaduct Bute West Dock may be gone but Junction Canal has not only survived it has flourished There are two stone footbridges across Junction Canal They are in sharp contrast to the other bridges over the new waterway that runs south through Atlantic Wharf which are unmistakably modern in design and construction At the time I thought that they might be original bridges across the Canal but now I believe that they stand at the spots where the two railway viaducts one for the TVR to the west and the Bute Viaduct to the east would have crossed the Junction Canal as they brought coal down from the Taff and Rhymney valleys to the Bute West Dock and Bute East Dock respectively The new waterway that runs south off of Junction Canal is what makes this such a pleasant place to take a lunch time walk I don t know what was here originally but I ve

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Bute Docks
    down the land until it merged with Lloyds Bank in 1918 Today the building is mixed purpose and is probably best known to being home to the Salvation Army s Outreach Services in the area References Mount Stuart Square by Peter Finch Crichton House Salvation Army Lloyds Bank on Wikipedia About Lloyds Banking Group Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Baltic House Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 12th 2010 in Bute Docks Cardiff Coal Historical Single Shot Series Mount Stuart Square a designated conservation area since 1980 is home to something like 60 listed buildings Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings some are not One of the landmark buildings is Baltic House Built in 1915 Baltic House faces the main entrance of the Coal Exchange I ve been unable to find much online about its history but it is reasonable to assume that it had some connection to the coal trade through the Bute Docks of the day Today it appears to be a multi tenant office block Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road The Historic Coal Exchange Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 5th 2010 in Bute Docks Cardiff Coal Historical Single Shot Series Mount Stuart Square a designated conservation area since 1980 is home to something like 60 listed buildings Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings some are not The crown jewel of Mount Stuart Square is the Coal Exchange where the world s first 1 million pound business transaction was conducted Today it s a multi purpose building and its entrance still proudly projects the feeling of power and importance of the affairs that used to happen inside References The Coal Exchange on Wikipedia Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Caerphilly
    was just how sick I felt I ve been unwell all week and my mind was definitely not on the job as we headed up to the summit of Caerphilly Mountain having forgotten the tripod in the boot of the car or the tripod quick release head left back in the house But wow what a view from the top of Caerphilly Mountain In days of old standing on top of the mountain I imagine the view would have included the steam rising from the trains making their way from Walnut Tree Junction up Nantgarw along the Rhymney Railway The trains would also have been coming up from Nantgarw along the Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway crossing Caerphilly on their way via Machen to the docks at Newport Industry still dominates at Nantgarw but steam has given way to the jet turbines of the General Electric factory The fog was creeping up from Nantgarw cloaking the General Electric factory in the most spectacular way The next time you wake up in Pontypridd Trefforest or any of the Taff Vale villages take a look outside to see if it s foggy If it is head on up to the top of Caerphilly Mountain you ll be in for quite the treat Photos From The Shoot Click on any of the individual photos to see a larger version Post Production After the successful trip to Scotland this summer it s become clear that my audience has a strong preference for photos that are rich in colour HDR is a great technique to use at dawn and dusk to squeeze the maximum amount of colour out of a DSLR without ending up with photos that are over saturated Just remember to take a tripod You can take handheld HDR shots if your technique is good enough and your camera body can shoot fast enough but you ll always get much better results if the camera is in exactly the same position for each frame for your HDR masterpiece Be the first to leave a comment Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr Rhymney Railway River Ely

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Cardiff
    to do it Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Gates In Silhouette Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 11th 2011 in Cardiff Desktop Wallpaper Modern Single Shot Series My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff Europe s youngest capital city Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient the Victorian and Georgian and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years To the north of Cardiff s Old Library now the home of the Cardiff Story museum sits a little garden that is popular with both the lunch time crowds and passing shoppers as a pleasant place to sit and pass the time It is part of the Cemetery Gardens of St John the Baptist s Church believed to be the second oldest building in Cardiff after the Norman castle just to the north A major thoroughfare runs through the middle of the gardens linking the Indoor Market to the west with the St Davids Shopping Centre and Queens Arcade to the immediate east The gardens are ringed with a simple presumably wrought iron fence complete with three sets of gates facing east west and north which allows them to be closed on an evening presumably to prevent vandalism as the shoppers give way to Cardiff s infamous drinking culture Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road The Morgan Arcade Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 4th 2011 in Cardiff Modern Shopping Single Shot Series Completed in 1899 and originally called the New Central Arcade the Morgan Arcade was built to connect the famous and now sadly gone David Morgan Department Store in the Hayes with another of David Morgan s stores opened on St Mary s Street Seen on St Mary s Street Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Cardiff Railway
    his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos Taken from the platform looking north towards where the Coryton Line starts to make its turn west to Ty Glas Railway Station and beyond Looking south along Heath Low Level Railway Station s platform The station is approached through a little alleyway between houses and is the only one of the Coryton Line stations that does not have the familiar red and white railway station sign outside it At its southern end the railway quickly disappears beneath this road bridge before joining the main Cardiff to Caerphilly line The single best view of Heath Low Level station is from the road bridge From here you can clearly see the housing that backs onto the station For me Heath Low Level wasn t just the last of the stations I explored along the Coryton Line it also contained by far the single most interesting photo to take This public telephone can be found in the brick shelter at the station I didn t check to see if it worked though Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Ty Glas Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 26th 2010 in Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos Taken from the bridge that carries the A469 over the Coryton Line Looking east towards Ty Glas Railway Station Looking west to Ty Glas Railway Station Taken from the gate to the pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the station Looking east along the Coryton Line In the distance the track finally abandons its straight march across the north of Cardiff and starts to turn to the south towards Heath Low Level Railway Station and beyond to Cardiff Queen Street Looking west back towards Birchgrove Railway Station which is immediately beyond the bridge in the distance This is the comms tower seen in the earlier shot to the immediate south of Ty Glas Railway Station Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Birchgrove Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 19th 2010 in A469 Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos From a distance Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station Birchgrove Railway Station looking east along the platform Note that Birchgrove hasn t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469 which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Birchgrove Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 19th 2010 in A469 Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos From a distance Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station Birchgrove Railway Station looking east along the platform Note that Birchgrove hasn t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469 which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Rhiwbina Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 12th 2010 in Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos Taken from the footbridge over the Coryton Line at Rhiwbina Station looking west towards Whitchurch Station Note the CCTV camera perched high on the left in a commanding view along the platform provided there isn t a train there Looking east from the platform towards Birchgrove Railway Station there isn t much to be seen There are local shops at the heart of Rhiwbina just off the bridge that you can see in the distance There isn t much more to be said about Rhiwbina Railway Station to be honest except that I found it tidy and with a modern shelter for passengers enduring the long wait for a train Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Whitchurch Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 5th 2010 in A470 Trunk Road Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos Viewed from the bridge that carries the A470 over the Coryton Line Whitchurch Railway Station looks a sleepy little station well buried amongst greenery Looking west along the tracks you can clearly see the bridge that carries the A470 over the track and the odd little kink in the track as it approaches Coryton Railway Station just out of shot The station itself is small and functional Unlike some of its neighbours it has no CCTV cameras at the time of writing Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 2 comments Merthyr Road Coryton Railway Station Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 29th 2010 in A4054 Merthyr Road Cardiff Cardiff Railway Coal Modern Photos Shoot Earlier in 2010 I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line This is the surviving section of the Bute s Cardiff Railway the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks I m sure I read somewhere that the Bute s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal which the Marquis had earlier bought but that ultimately he wasn t allowed to close the canal and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway Today the Coryton Line is a single track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff There are no services on a Sunday making it the perfect day to explore these stations The Photos This is the northern end of the Coryton Line the surviving segment of the Cardiff Railway s torturous and ultimately unsuccessful route up into the valleys in competition for carrying Rhondda and Merthyr coal Today just beyond the fence there s a short about 20 mins or so but beautiful walk along the old trackbed up to Longwood Drive The bridge in the background carries the A4054 the original Merthyr Road before the A470 was built in the late 1960 s over the old route of the Cardiff Railway Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Cycling Along The Rhymney Railway To Penrhos Cutting Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 26th 2010 in Barry Railway Cardiff Railway Historical Nantgarw Photos Rhymney Railway Shoot Taff Trail Taffs Well In 1858 the Rhymney Railway opened a branch route which ran from the Taff Vale Railway modern Valley Lines route at Walnut Tree Junction modern Taffs Well station up and over the Glamorganshire Canal to Penrhos Cutting where it was joined by the Barry Railway and the Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway It survived the construction of the A470 trunk road and was in use up until 1984 long after the railroad had constructed the Caerphilly Tunnel in 1871 to provide a much more direct route between the eastern valleys and Cardiff Today it forms a section of the Taff Trail a national cycle path route 8 that runs from Cardiff Bay in the south all the way north to Brecon in the heart of the Brecon Beacons The Photos The Rhymney Railway route starts at Taffs Well railway station with the magnificant Garth behind it The Garth with its three distinctive barrows dominates the skyline looking north from Cardiff At the start of this section of the Taff Trail if instead you want to head south towards Cardiff a route which threads its way through Tongwynlais and then largely follows the River Taff you can pick up refreshments in the village of Taffs Well if you need them Just cross the railway by the nearby bridge If you re heading north along the Rhymney Railway and then either up Penrhos Cutting to Caerphilly or along the Pontypridd Newport and Caerphilly railway route up through Nantgarw your nearest refreshments are some miles away Stocking up first in Taffs Well might be a good idea These lush daisies stand large and proud beside the fence at the start of the route To try and keep the Taff Trail just for walkers and cyclists the route is guarded by gates such as this one They do break up leisure cycling a bit as it s much safer to dismount to navigate but they seem a reasonable compromise to stop dirt bikers abusing the trail The route crosses the major A470 trunk road over a distinctive railway bridge I don t know for certain but I m willing to bet that this bridge is modern and was constructed when the A470 was built in 1969 1970 Note how the A470 was empty when I took this shot I commute up and down this road every weekday and traffic levels have been relatively low for several months Several years ago it wasn t unusual on a morning for this stretch to be completely stuffed with queueing traffic This is what the view is like along the bridge wide and flat with just the offensive graffiti for company Almost immediately beyond the bridge over the A470 the former Rhymney Railway section of the Taff Trail crosses a much older bridge which originally went over the Cardiff Railway The trackbed over the bridge has been tarmaced over but this central divider with its metal studs rivets remains a major feature There s hardly anything left of the Cardiff Railway in the immediate vicinity as much of it was obliterated by the construction of the A470 There s the Cardiff Railway stretch between Coryton and Longwood Drive that I ve covered before and also a stretch through Taffs Well that I haven t yet written up but in between I think this bridge that carried the Rhymney Railway over the Cardiff Railway is about the only bit of the Cardiff Railway that still exists Aways beyond the bridge over the Cardiff Railway a padlocked gate stands across the route There s one of the usual cycle gates beside it so that cyclists and walkers can use the route as normal This section of the Taff Trail is crossed in places by alleyways that disappear into housing estates in one direction and up the hill presumably to the other Taff Trail along the old Barry Railway yes there are two Taff Trails running in parallel here Metal gates bar them to

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Church Village
    came to clear the site and with patients of the mental health unit left with nowhere to move to Today most of the site has been cleared for a large housing estate but the iconic chimney still remains Searching online it isn t clear what the site is used for today the road shown in the picture has a sign insisting that the place is private and off limits which we respected bearing the title of the Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust Their website is still online but the trust itself has been replaced not once but twice a damning inditement of the inefficiency in government run organisations over the lifetime of the current government If you re able to shed some light onto what this site is used for today please leave a comment below 6 comments The View From The Garth Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 2nd 2007 in A470 Trunk Road Barry Railway Cardiff Church Village Egwlysilan Gwaelod y Garth Historical Iron Steel Manufacturing Melingriffith Modern Nantgarw Quarrying Shoot Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Taffs Well Tin Works Walking Routes Enjoy The View From The Garth as part of my Merthyr Road series on Flickr If there s one part of the landscape that dominates views of both Taff Vale and Cardiff it has to be the Garth But what can you see from up on the Garth That s what I went up there to find out Thoughts On The Day The day was a tale of two directions To the south towards the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff conditions were very difficult for landscape photography with the sun reflecting off the Bristol Channel beyond the South Wales coastline The photos shot facing that way all suffered from limited contrast and colour I ended up converting those to black and white to make the most of them To the east towards Caerphilly and Taffs Well the light was much better well in between the rain drops I was able to get nice crisp shots of most of my subjects and I was able to leave those photos in colour To get up the Garth I recommend hiking up the road from Gwaelod y Garth A couple of sections of the road are steep and like me you might find using a walking stick helps with these bits but for the main it s not too hard on the legs or the knees You can reach Gwaelod y Garth easily from Taffs Well railway station car park by using the footbridge to cross the River Taff Don t be tempted to try a short cut through the new housing estate on the site of the former Pentyrch Iron Works I couldn t find a way through from there to the old village behind it and had to double back And as to what you can see once you get up there Favourite Photo From The Shoot This photo of the General Electric plant at

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