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Barry Docks

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:00 pm


Barry Docks
David Davies Road
Vale of Glamorgan
CF63 4JB


Barry Docks Station
Dock View Road
Vale of Glamorgan
CF63 4LE

Once having the title of being the largest coal exporting port in the world, Barry Docks has seen a steady decline of freight over the years. Railway movements has suffered as a result, the last docks pilot leaving on the 7th February 2009. Nowadays, a mainline loco performs any shunting requirements.

By Car - From the M4, leave the motorway at Junction 33, taking the A4232, signposted for Barry. At the next island, take the 3rd exit and follow the A4050 Port Road. Continue for just under 3 miles, passing over 5 islands. At the 6th roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A4231 Barry Docks Link Road and follow until you reach the next island. From here, take the 3rd exit, which is the A4055. After passing the entrance to the Dow Corning plant on your left, go straight over at the next roundabout into Ffordd Y Mileniwm. Ignore the left turn to the Docks, and continue straight on past the Council Dock Offices and turn left at the next roundabout into Cory Way. Watch out for a particularly nasty speed bump and follow the road round to the left into David Davies Road along the quayside. Drive along this road looking to your right across the dock to the opposite quayside to view any locos present.

By Rail - Turn left outside Barry Docks station, and then left again, taking the underpass. On emerging, cut across the Council House car park and the opposite grassy area. On reaching the road, the shunter may be visible from across the water. If not, continue to follow the road round to the security office and ask for a look. For a 20 minute journey, a Cardiff to Barry Docks service will suffice, costing around £3.80 for a return working. Walking Time - approx 10 mins.

Notes - At a weekend, you could try asking at the Docks security gate for a closer look, situated by turning right at the end of David Davies road.

Vantage Points - Any loco ( if present ) will be easily viewed from David Davies Road, although for photography puposes, a half decent zoom lens will be required.

Photos - View from Barry Station.
View from David Davies Road.

Maps - Road.
Birds eye.
Ordnance survey.

Current Allocation:

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

Steve Blick

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