Margam Knuckle Yard

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Margam Knuckle Yard

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:41 pm


Knuckle Yard
Heolcae'r Bont
Port Talbot
SA13 2NS

Margam Knuckle opened in 1960, the yard built on a former landfill site. Over the years, freight in South Wales has seen a steady decline, which has resulted in parts of the yard being made redundant. The main sidings, situated alongside the Cardiff to Swansea line, still handles a vast amount of traffic, with steel and coal being the majority.

When Margam TMD closed its doors for the last time on the 21st November 2009, fuelling facilities were installed at the neaby Knuckle yard. Basic exams are also carried out here. Sadly, the former depot is now no more, its demolition getting underway in October 2011.

For freight times, use both the Cardiff and Port Talbot timetables, available through the subsciption based Freightmaster website.

By Car - Leave the M4 at junction 38, following the directions for the Margam Crematorium. Continue along this lane past the British Oxygen plant for approx a mile until your way is blocked by the gates of an accomodation crossing over the South Wales Main Line.

A foot crossing goes over the main line, Ogmore Valley Extension line and across the down end of the yard sidings, including the Corus ( Tata ) lines. This footpath is a public right of way, giving you close ups of locos and stock, but be aware of moving trains.  Be especially carefully of high-speed trains when crossing the main lines.

By Rail - With Port Talbot being the closest station, this is still a good hours walk. However, a bus runs from near the station to Margam crematorium, mentioned above in the driving directions. From here, the crossing is roughly 10 minutes walk away. For times, details etc, follow the link below..

Alternatively, a Cardiff to Port Talbot service would suffice, as the mainline passes by. The shunter and other visiting locos though, may be hidden by wagons. A return journey will cost you about £7.60.

Notes - The foot crossing, which goes over the mainline, is a public right of way. This leads across all roads of the yard and eventually down to the beach. Although Tata Steel have issues with the boundaries of the footpath, you are quite entitled to use the path with no worries of being told to move on etc. However, this obviously doesn't give you the right to tresspass.

If using the path option for filming or photography purposes and you plan on staying around for a while, for your safety and to be visible for the drivers, it may be a good idea to wear a hi-viz vest. This is not a necessity though.

Vantage Points - The above mentioned footpath, gives you excellent views of the throat of the yard, aswell as the mainline.

Photos - View of the mainline from the gates - towards Bridgend / Cardiff.
             View of the mainline from the gates - towards Neath / Swansea.
             View of the yard from the gates.
             The fuelling point from the footpath.
             The steel works entrance from the footpath.

Maps - Road.
           Birds eye.
           Ordnance survey.

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