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Landore T&RSMD

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:48 pm


Landore T&RSMD
Neath Road


161 Pentre-Treharne Road

Situated just a mile or so north from Swansea station and adjacent to both the mainline to Cardiff and the local line to Llanelli and beyond, the First Great Western depot is host to just one shunter and a small allocation of HST power cars.

By Car - From the M4, leave at junction 42 and take the A483 dual carriageway towards Swansea. After continuing straight over at the roundabout and passing Swansea Burrows sidings on your right and the former docks to your left, turn right at the main set of traffic lights, signposted for the A483 ( A4217 ). Upon negotiating the lights, keep in the right hand lane and follow the A4217, continuing straight over at the next set. Then at the island, take the 2nd exit, over the river Tawe and then 2nd exit again at the next. At the 3rd roundabout, take the 1st exit into neath road, and the depot entrance is on your right, immediately after the railway bridge. From here, take the public footpath which runs behind the back of the depot.

As parking is awful on Neath Road, there is a much better alternative. By returning back to the island, take the 1st exit and then 3rd left into Station Road. After passing under the railway, 2nd left into Mysydd Road, straight over at the crossroads and then left at the angled t-junction into Pentre-Treharne Road. Continue along, and as the road bears round to the right, park up and take the public footpath on the left, which is situated next to number 161. Then left and over the footbridge, which spans the Llanelli line. From here, the rear of the depot can be seen.

By Rail - Although Swansea is the closest station to Landore, it will involve at least a 20 minute walk. The alternative is to catch a bus, which stops right by the depot entrance. If taking this option, you'll need to cross over from the station and turn right. The bus stop is situated immediately after the pedestrian crossing. Ask for the New Mex stop. For details and times, follow the link below...

If wanting to walk, then turn right outside of the station, onto the main road and then right into the Prince of Wales road. At the bottom of this cul-de-sac, take the small alleyway and then up and over the footbridge. Once crossed, turn left, down the ramp, and then follow the footpath around to the right. From here and passing a mini roundabout, continue along for approx 0.5 miles, to where the depot entrance is on your left, immediately after passing under the railway. Behind the nightclub / pub, a public footpath takes you around the back of the depot perimeter, to where the shunter and possibly some HST stock can be seen.   Walking time - 20 mins.

Notes - As the shunter very rarely emerges from the fueller, it is extremely difficult to view from a passing mainline train. A local Llanelli service from Swansea may provide to be a fruitful and the best option, as it runs around the rear of the depot. Vegetatation shouldn't be a problem, but you will need to be sitting on the right hand side of the unit and facing the direction of travel. If coming from the Neath direction and using the local line, bushes and trees will hamper any view at all.

If coming by car, parking is a plenty on Pentre-Treharne Road. Neath Road however, has double yellow lines, especially in the depot vicinity area.

Vantage Points - The best option is the public footpath, which runs around the rear of the depot. From here, the carriage sidings and fueller area can be seen clearly.

Photos - View of the depot entrance area from the footpath.
               Footpath view of the fueller and carriage sidings.

Maps - Road.
            Birds eye.
            Ordnance survey.

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