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South of Pontlottyn is a scenic photo in both direction of the Rhymney valley line. The location is from a farm track next to a field about a mile south of the station. Photos could be taken from inside the field, but is best avoided as the farmers are known to, rightly, get cross and kick you off!
Railway type and traffic
Mostly units but one commuter service into Cardiff in the morning and back to Rhymney.
The location is on a farm track between two fields which are full of Welsh sheep (normally). There used to be a dumped railway wagon in the field but this has recently been removed.
Head north towards Rhymney up the main Rhymney Valley road. Just before you get into the built up area of Pontlottyn (the town just south of Rhymney) turn onto a farm track and you can park your car here. Walk down the track/dirt road and you come to the location.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Pontlottyn map co-ordinates
Park just off the road where the farm track starts.
Hourly train service from Cardiff to Pontlottyn and the location is under a mile from the station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a Fish and Chip shop in Pontlottyn.
There are lots of hotels in Cardiff.
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Pontlottyn general view map
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The line is pretty much north south at this location so the spot is very much an afternoon photo-spot. Sun on the front of trains coming down the valley until about 4pm and will be on the train of trains coming up after about 5pm (in time for the 37 which passes just before 6pm but is often late). You can hear the 37s 'thrashing' up the valley about a minute before they arrive (depending on the driver!)
General views - All photographs © Jonathan Lewis unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
Fig 2 - Looking south east
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