REALLY SideTracked - Neath Riverside
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This SideTracked cache is placed near to what remains of Neath Riverside Station on the Vale of Neath Railway.
The Vale of Neath Railway was a 7 ft (2,134 mm) broad gauge railway line from Neath to Merthyr Tydfil, in Glamorgan, Wales, and also operated the Swansea and Neath Railway which gave it access to the docks at Swansea. It was opened on 24 September 1851 and amalgamated with the Great Western Railway on 1 February 1865. Since 1852, the Vale of Neath Railway had shipped coal from a wharf at Briton Ferry, but this entailed moving trains over the South Wales Railway. The alternative was for the South Wales Railway to haul coal trains up the steep incline to Swansea. In 1861 an Act of Parliament was passed for a new Swansea and Neath Railway which, by the time it opened on 15 June 1863, was owned by the Vale of Neath company. The railway contractor John Dickson claimed to have been largely instrumental in promoting this extension but his real role remains unclear. The Vale of Neath had also been working its own coal trains over the South Wales Railway since 1861, and had taken over responsibility for working the railways of the Swansea Harbour Trustees too. Most of the Vale of Neath Railway and the Swansea and Neath Railway branch is still open today with the exception of a section between Resolven and Tower Colliery in Hirwaun. The eastern portions of the line now serve as part of the Valley Lines network. The western portion of the line is used to distribute coal from the Onllwyn and Aberpergwm collieries to Swansea Docks and to Aberthaw Power Station. The remains of the northbound platform can still be seen together with the signal box controlling the junction just north of it. The mainline from Swansea to London Paddington also crosses the site, the Tennant Canal, the newer A465 trunk road, the River Neath and the Neath Canal. IT IS NOT RECOMENDED TO SEARCH FOR THIS CACHE AT SCHOOL OR COLLEGE START AND FINISH TIMES AS THE AREA WILL BE VERY BUSY FROM MUGGLES PASSING OVERHEAD! More information about the SideTracked series can be found here: http://www.sidetrackedseries.info
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