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Cardiff Canton T&RSMD

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:57 pm


Colas Rail LTD
Cardiff Canton T&RSMD
Leckwith Road
CF11 8HP


Ninian Park Station
Leckwith Road
CF11 8AH

Opened in June 1882 by the Great Western Railway, Cardiff Canton was built to replace a much smaller depot at Long Dyke, this situated just 1.5 miles east of Cardiff Central station. Extended in 1897 when traffic increased, a turntable was constructed inside one of the sheds, with 28 roads leading of it. However, in 1931, this was replaced by a much larger version. Built at the west end of the depot complex, Cardiff Canton at this point, had an allocation of in excess of 120 locomotives.

Closing for steam on the 8th September 1962, the buildings was demolished inbetween late 1962 / early 1963. Constructed on the same site was a new maintenance shed, this solely being used for diesels. On completion, it was officially opened on the 18th September 1964 by Lord Brecon, who at the time, was Minister of State for Welsh Affairs. Latterly sharing the same site with Arriva Train Wales ( ATW ), EWS decided to close Canton, the inevitable happening on the 30th May 2004. Various reasons were given for its closure, with the demise of the parcel and steel traffic the main ones. Locos still continued to use the depot as a stabling point, aswell as being host to a large number either awaiting disposal or just there for storage purposes. Sometime around late October 2004 / early November, the Cathays based Pullman Rail took over Canton, the stored locos quickly being moved on. Today, the group undertakes a number of projects, from bogie repairs to the refurbishment of the FGW DMU fleet. However, announced on the 21st May 2012, Colas Rail LTD acquired Pullman Rail, but will still continue to trade as Pullman Rail.

By Car - From the M4, leave at Junction 33, and take the exit for Cardiff ( A4232 ). At the the first island, take the 1st exit onto the A48 Cowbridge Road and proceed for about 9.5 miles. Immediately after passing over the railway, turn right at the mini roundabout, following the A4161 Cowbridge Road East. Continue along for about 0.5 miles, and on the approach to a funny shaped island junction, follow the road round to your right, still on the A4161. After roughly 1.5 miles and at the first main junction, turn right at the traffic lights, taking the B4267 Leckwith Road. Immediately after passing under the first railway bridge, the depot entrance is on your left.

By Rail - Turn left from the station entrance and left again into Wood Street, passing over the River Taff. From here, continue along into Tudor Street and upon reaching the car dealership, turn left into Ninian Park Road. At the junction, turn left and immediately after passing under the railway, the depot entrance is on your left.   Walking Time - approx 20 mins.

Alternatively, Ninian Park station could give you a partial view of the rear of the shed, situated just a few 100 hundreds past the depot entrance.

Notes - The shunter hardly ever moves from the west end of the shed. However, it does occassionally go inside, but this is very rare.

The footbridge, situated at the end of De Croche Place, did offer a superb vantage point of the depot. However, after suffering vandalism ( which resulted in a fire ), it is now out of bounds and padlocked from both the street and depot ends.

Vantage Points - Like mentioned in the notes, the shunter hardly moves. Depending on where it is stabled, the depot entrance may not give you a view at all. The same could be said about Ninian Park station, and although this is on a much higher level than the depot, stock and buildings will hamper any view.

To virtually guarantee seeing the shunter, the best option really, is to catch a train. By using the mainline, as opposed to the Valley line, this goes directly past the shed at a fairly slow speed. Unfortunately though, the next stop is Bridgend, which is about 20 minutes away. A return journey will cost you roughly £4.70.

Another option is to use the Valley line, which from Cardiff Central, takes you around the back of the ATW sheds. Approaching Ninian Park, the service will be going extremely slow, giving you chance to see and photograph any DMU's which may be stabled. However, using this may not guarentee you in seeing the shunter, due to buildings and other stock in the way. A return service for this, will cost you about £2.10, which for a 4 minute journey, is quite ridiculous !!

Photos - West end view from a passing train.  ( photo kindly supplied by Gareth Morgan )
               East end view from a passing train.

Maps - Road.
            Birds eye.
            Ordnance survey.

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