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About Pen-bre a Porth Tywyn/Pembrey and Burry Port Station
Pembrey and Burry Port railway station is a railway station on the West Wales line serving Pembrey and Burry Port, in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It was opened by the broad gauge South Wales Railway on 11 October 1852 when that company extended its route from Landore (Swansea) to Carmarthen. It is adjacent to Burry Port's main shopping area. Pembrey is situated 1.5 miles to the west.
The South Wales Railway amalgamated with the Great Western Railway in 1863 and the broad gauge was replaced by standard gauge in 1872.
Train movements are controlled from a Great Western Railway signal box opened in 1907.
There is an hourly service to Manchester Piccadilly via Swansea, Cardiff Central, Shrewsbury and Crewe. A similar frequency operates on Sundays, but trains don't start running until late morning.
In the other direction there is an hourly service to Carmarthen, running either non-stop or stopping at Kidwelly and Ferryside, with a two-hourly extension to Milford Haven via Whitland and Haverfordwest.
There are also several daily services between Pembroke Dock and Swansea via Carmarthen and two through trains to Fishguard Harbour.
One daily express service between Carmarthen and London Paddington (to London in the morning & back in the evening Mon-Sat). This saves having to travel to Swansea and change trains. On summer Saturdays an extra service runs through to Pembroke Dock. This service departs London Paddington at 08:45 and arrives at Pembroke Dock at 14:14. On Sundays, a more frequent service operates (three trains each way from early afternoon).
To find the cache locate the following numbers on the information board at the posted coordinates and substitute the letters in the formulae below:
Numbers on "PONTYATES" ticket: ABCD
The Kidwelly and Llanelly Canal and Tramroad Company was established in EFGH
The canals and tramroads were were replaced with railways from JKLM
The Avonside Engine Co. Bristol No NPQR [found under engine "PONTYBEREM"]
Pembrey's first canal was built in the STUV's
The last service ran on 19th September WXYZ
North BE PV.XTQ West VVP SY.VVT