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Written by Llion Jones - 06 Mar 2008
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Location notes
This location is situated just north of Cardiff (about 10 miles). Pontypridd is a junction on the Valleys lines serving The Treherbert line, Merthyr line and the Aberdare line.
Railway type and traffic
Usual classes through the station are class 142,143 and 150s. Class 66s and the occasional class 60 (very rare) also pass through the station on coal/stone trains to Tower Colliery.
Who knows how long this freight flow will carry on because Tower colliery is due for closure soon.
The station is located in the town of Pontypridd. It is not recommended that you stay after dark due to gangs.
The station ticket man will be happy to give information.
Road directions
From the M4, Junction 32:
Follow sings for Merthyr Tydful and Pontypridd. Follow sings for the station.

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Pontypridd map co-ordinates
There is a car park near the station, please remember that you leave your car there at your own risk.
Public transport
There is a bus service from Cardiff operated by Veolia.
Arriva trains Wales operate a service from Cardiff Central, there are 3 different services you can catch to get to Pontypridd either, Treherbert service, Merthyr service or the Aberdare service.

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There are toilets located in the station area. There are plenty of places to buy food in the town.
There is a Travel lodge located on the outskirts of Aberdare near the ASDA food store. Take the Aberdare service from Pontypridd and get off at Cwmbach, The travel lodge will be visible through the trees.
There are also plenty of hotels at Cardiff as well.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Pontypridd general view map
Pontypridd close up map

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Photographic notes
You can picture trains in both directions. The sun does prohibit angles in the east and west when it is rising and setting.

General views - All photographs © Llion Jones unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

The former signal box dividing the Cardiff-Merthyr and Cardiff Rhondda Lines at Pontypridd

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

From the station footbridge

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