Newport Alexandra Dock Junction

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Newport Alexandra Dock Junction

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:39 pm

Address

Maesglas Sports & Social Club
Maesglas Avenue
Newport
NP20 3BT




Situated alongside the Cardiff line, Newport ADJ is a shadow of its former self, with it now mainly used for staging engineering trains. The yard no longer has or warrants a pilot, with any shunting movements undertaken by a mainline loco.

For freight times, use the Newport Station timetable, available through the subsciption based Freightmaster website.




By Car - Leave the M4 at junction 28 and follow the A48, signposted for Newport and the docks. At the first island, take the 1st exit for the city centre, which will be the B4237 Cardiff Road. Continue along for 0.3 miles, taking the 3rd turning on your right, this being before a row of shops. Then bear of immediately to your left into Maesglas Avenue, continuing along until you reach the social club. From here, park up and walk towards the railway bridge, to where parts of the yard and stabling point can be had. Binoculars will be required for locos that have parked in the centre of the yard.

Previously, a second viewing point could be had from the Tesco and McDonalds retail park, situated a bit further up the B4237. With the increasing vegetation, this has become impossible, with no view of the yard at all.


By Rail - The yard is visible from a passing Newport to Cardiff service - if sitting in the direction of travel, look to your left on emerging from the tunnel. Obviously, if coming from the Cardiff direction, look to your right on the approach to Newport.

Alternatively, a bus service is available from Newport bus station. From the railway station, turn left and immediately cross over. Then follow the road round to the right and take the pedestrian area past the shops ( Upper Dock Street ). At the first crossroads, continue straight over. Upon reaching the next one, turn left into Corn Street, to where the white building of Potters bar and cafe is situated. The entrance to the bus station is then immediately on your right. Walking time - 10 mins.

From the station, you need to catch the number 30...ask for Maesglas Avenue with the junction on Cardiff Road. By alighting here, turn left just past the row of shops and continue along to you reach the social club and railway bridge. The yard and any locos stabled, can be seen from here.

For times, details etc, follow the link below.

http://www.transportdirect.info/Web2/JourneyPlanning/JourneyDetails.aspx?cacheparam=2



Notes - With the pilots long gone, the majority of the locos seen here will be class 66's. The occassional 59 or 60 can be seen aswell, but these are usually working on a assing freight.

The weekends are best for a visit, as you may very well see about 5 or 6 class 66's stabled. Saturdays are the best for this, as most of them depart in convoy to other locations around the country. With Eastleigh, Westbury and Bescot being the most likely destinations, these movements usually take place either late saturday or early sunday.

At the time of writing ( September 2012 ), building work has started by the vicinity of the social club. This could hamper any clear view of the yard, especially the head shunt, this being where the signing on buildings are situated.



Vantage Points - Given its position, the only public viewing place is on Maesglas Avenue. Like mentioned above though, a passing train could prove to be a fruitful option, this more so if the locos are stabled a bit further in the yard.


Photos - View from the railway bridge. ( photo kindly supplied by Martin Turner )
View from the social club area.


Maps - Road.
Birds eye.
Ordnance survey.



Current Allocation:

Due to a mainline loco taking up the shunting duties, no 08/09 will be present in the future.

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