Pontyclun Railway Station
The construction of the South Wales Railway led to the main line and a station was established at Pontyclun in 1850. The station was initially known as “Llantrisant for Cowbridge”
Later lines were added to Mwyndy, Tonyrefail and Cowbridge/Aberporth.
Prior to 1925 there were actually 2 stations which were merged in September of that year.
The station closed in 1964 being reopened in 1992 as Pontyclun.
Over the years the station has had many railway companies including the South Wales Railway, Ely Valley railway, Llantrisant and Taff Vale Junction railway, The Cowbridge Railway, The Taff Vale Railway and ultimately the Great Western Railway, British Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and now Transport for Wales.
An interesting reminder of the history of the station can be found by the Brunel pub. If you look closely you can see an old boundary marker from the Great western Railway days.
There are 2 “historic” pubs along Station approach
This building became a pub around the 1980s. Prior to this it had been the Pontyclun social Club and before that the GWR Restaurant
The Bute Arms
At the junction of the approach and Cowbridge Rd stands the Bute Arms. Named after Lord Bute, a major landowner in the area, famous for his local works and owning most of Cardiff docks. The current building is from early in the 20th Century having replaced an earlier pub of the same name on the site.
For more information about the history of the community of Pontyclun please visit our online museum