Trostre ( Tata ) Steel Works, Llanelli

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Trostre ( Tata ) Steel Works, Llanelli

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:35 pm

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Tata Steel Works
Troste Works
Llanelli
Carmarthenshire
SA14 9SD




The vast complex of the Tata Works is situated to the east of Llanelli station and the sidings are on both sides of the the Swansea to Carmarthen / Fishguard mainline.



By Car - From the M4, leave at Junction 48, taking the A4138 Pontardulais Road towards Llanelli. Follow for about a mile, taking the 2nd exit at the roundabout, still following the signs for the A4138. Continue straight on over the next two islands and, after passing through a set of traffic lights, take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto the A484.

With the steel works on your right hand side, at the next island, take the 3rd exit and follow take the 1st right turning into Erwlas. Park up safely by the bridge and the sidings should be visible on your left. Binoculars will be required.

Another alternative for a further view, this being the reception sidings to where the shunter will marshal the wagons for a mainline loco to attach, return to the main road and turn right, taking the 2nd exit at the 1st island. Upon reaching the 2nd roundabout, park up and if present, the shunter or a 66 should be visible from across the field.


By Rail - By alighting at Llanelli station, turn right. At the end of the road, turn right again into Station road, and continue along, negotiating the level crossing. At the junction with the Aldi supermarket, turn left and then follow the road straight ahead. Upon reaching the island, take the 2nd exit onto the B4304 ( signposted Swansea ) and continue along, passing the sidings on the left. About 0.5 miles after this, take the fenced walkway and pass over the railway. From here, and as you continue along this road, keep looking to your left for the shunter. Binoculars will be required, but with the amount of bushes, a clear view may not be possible.     Walking Time - approx 50/60 mins.



Notes - Due to the amount of sidings, the shunter could be hidden away and might prove to be a difficult sighting. All depending on the time of visit during the year, vegetation may hamper any clear, if any, view.


Vantage Points - If a mainline shunter is present, it is usually stabled at the northerly end, adjacent the overhead cranes for unloading the wagons at Corus Trostre. The loco can be viewed in the distance from the road bridge leading past the buffer stops of Corus Trostre or the new road leading up to the new bridge over the Swansea - Llanelli line.


Photos - View of the headshunt from Erwlas.
             View of the reception sidings from across the field.                        


Maps - Road.
          Birds eye.
          Ordnance survey.



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