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Written by Josh B - 19 May 2006
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Location notes
Barry Docks station is situated on the Vale of Glamorgan line, just before it splits at Barry Town train station, adjacent to the Bristol Channel. The docks can be seen from here. The nearest city to here is Cardiff.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly 142/143/150s will stop and pass through here with services to Barry Island or Bridgend. The odd 158 can also be seen if Arriva Trains Wales are short on units. A lot of Railtours to the west of Wales travel along this line.
Freight normally consists of 60s and 66s on Coal Trips to Aberthaw and the odd steel train will pass through here.
This line is also the diversion when the stretch of line on the GWML between Cardiff and Bridgend is shut. When it is shut, ALL traffic will pass through.
Environment
This is a small grey station in the residential part of Barry. Do avoid being here after dark - It is dimly lit and locals do not realy get on with enthusiasts.
Road directions
Leave the M4 at Junction 33 and follow signs for Barry Island Pleasure Beach. Barry Town station is along this route.

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Barry Docks map co-ordinates
Parking
Barry Town is not a Park and Ride station. There is 2 possibilities:
1) Drive to Barry Town station and leave your car in the Park And Ride area.
2) Leave you car in one of the residential streets
Public transport
There is a service every 15 minutes each way.

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Amenities
The only thing on the station is a small shelter. There is a newsagents about 10 minutes away up on the hill. There is also a Morrisions Superstore about 15 minutes walk away.
Accommodation
There is a few Bed and Breakfasts at Barry Island, a 10 minute train journey away.
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Barry Docks

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Photographic notes
The light comes across from the Bristol Channel in the morning, which is only good for getting photos of trains travelling towards Cardiff. For the rest of the day, it is directly behind you. Swansea-bound trains are only good caught from the Cardiff end of the platform- They travel around a curve. You can also get some good photos from the Bridgend end of the platform.
There is a road parallel to the station that runs to the docks. It can get busy, and therefore noisy, during peak times.


General views - All photographs © Josh B unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 1 - Looking south west


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