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Written by Sam Jones - 30 Mar 2007
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Location notes
Cwmbran station is located in South Wakes on the Welsh Marches Line. Cwmbran is 7 miles south of Abergavenny, 5 miles north of Newport and 19 miles east of Cardiff.
Railway type and traffic
The Southern section of the Marches Line (Newport-Cwmbran) gets a half-hourly service to Cardiff Central, most Southbound trains terminate in Camarthen or Milford Haven.
Northbound trains either go to Manchester Piccadilly or Holyhead, on hourly services. All of these services are either worked by ATW Class 158s, Class 175s or Class 150s. During the peak hours their are additional services to and from Cardiff and Hereford run by 153s and 143s.
Every day FGW run several ECS movements to or from Hereford and Bristol so it is possible to photo HSTs and Class 180s doing non passenger turns.
Freight is mostly run by EWS/Freightliner Class 66s, but also their are regular visits from class 60s.
Environment
Cwmbran Station is bordered by the actual town centre of Cwmbran itself and a quiet suburban housing estate. South of the station theres a small river and fields usually used for recreation.
Cwmbran Station is quiet in the evening, even though there are still quite a lot of trains. Also the station is a safe place for all to go photographing.
Road directions
From the M4, Junction 25a:
Join the A4042 until you reach Croecyceiliog roundabout (near Gwent Crematorium). From their, there is a road that goes straight to Cwmbran station called 'Edlogan Way'.

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Cwmbran Station map co-ordinates
Parking
Adjacent to Platform 2 their is a free 200 space car park with CCTV, also there are many other free car parks in the town centre which is in the close vicinity.
Public transport
The Southern section of the Marches Line (Newport-Cwmbran) gets a half-hourly service to Cardiff Central, most Southbound trains terminate in Camarthen or Milford Haven. Northbound trains either go to Manchester Piccadilly or Holyhead, on hourly services.
There are also Express bus services run by Stagecoach in South Wales, that run from Newport (every 3 minutes) and Cardiff (every 15 minutes).

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Amenities
The nearest toilets can be found in the town centre (300m walk west of the station) opposite the Bus station right in the centre of town. There are many food outlets in the nearby town eg- Starbucks, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, O`Briens, Weatherspoons and a few chip shops and a few sandwich bars. Also theres an Asda Superstore and a Sainsburys nearby as well.
Accommodation
There is a Best Western 1.5 miles south of the station.
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Cwmbran Station

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Photographic notes
There are 2 good road bridges north and south of the station for good pictures. Also there is a footbridge connecting the 2 platforms together that is ideally places for photographing all types of traction. The light is best in the Morning.


General views - All photographs © Sam Jones unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


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