A quick cache'n'dash nano, put out in recognition of SideTracked Day 2019
Ystrad station is relatively new, having opened in 1986. The name had previously been used at what is now known as Ton Pentre station.
Ystrad fills the gap between Ton Pentre and Llwynypia on the Treherbert to Cardiff line. Trains run during the week at roughly half-hourly intervals in each direction, meeting here to pass each other before continuing on the single track in each direction. Sunday service is poor, with trains two-hourly with a relatively late start and an early finish.
Treherbert marks the Down end of the line; however it used to continue through Blaenrhondda and the Rhondda tunnel, through the Afan valley and continuing as far as Swansea. The tunnel closed in the late 1960s and was bricked up and buried in the early 1980s. A plan to reopen it for walkers and cyclists is currently underway, and it is hoped that this will be achieved by about 2025. A search on the Internet for Rhondda Tunnel Society will give a lot more information.