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REALLY SideTracked - Upper Pontnewydd
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Upper Pontnewydd Station
Upper Pontnewydd station was opened on 1 July 1852 by the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company and was part of the Eastern Valley line that ran from Newport to Blaenafon. It became part of the Great Western Railway nearly thirty years later. From 1874, this small village was also served by a second station named Lower Pontnewydd on the Pontypool, Caerleon and Newport Railway.
Upper Pontnewydd station closed to passengers on 30 April 1962 and to goods traffic on 7 April 1969. The line was used up until 1980 for moving coal from Blaenafon but after the mine stopped producing coal the line was shut. The tracks were removed for the building of the A4051 road which largely follows the route of the former line through Cwmbran.
This cache is in memory of my Great, Great, Grandfather Joseph Fisher who served as Station Master at (Old) Cwmbran Station c1864 to c1872, Upper Pontnewydd Station from c1872 to May 1890 and finally at Lower Pontnewydd Station from 1890 until 1892. He died in 1900.
Do not try and access the cache from the A4051 Cwmbran Drive, use the indicated car park. The cache has been changed to a small bison tube so bring your own pen.
Congratulations to Gogrannie for first to find.
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Last Updated: on 6/7/2018 2:08:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:08 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum