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Taff Vale Railway Viaduct over River Taff

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.6109 / 51°36'39"N

Longitude: -3.3328 / 3°19'58"W

OS Eastings: 307805

OS Northings: 191072

OS Grid: ST078910

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.9QDW

Mapcode Global: VH6DK.5RXY

Plus Code: 9C3RJM68+9V

Entry Name: Taff Vale Railway Viaduct over River Taff

Listing Date: 26 February 2001

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24849

Building Class: Transport

ID on this website: 300024849

Location: Spanning the River Taff approximately 0.75km NNE of Pontypridd Bridge and immediately N of the White Bridge.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Locality: Coed-pen-maen

Built-Up Area: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Railway viaduct

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Dated 1885 and part of an extension of the Taff Vale Railway to serve Albion Colliery at Cilfynydd.


A 3-bay girder viaduct on tapering rock-faced sandstone piers. The piers have rounded cutwaters at the base and projecting bands below the top. On top of the piers are cast iron parapet piers with saddleback copings. These piers bear in relief the date and the legend 'TVR' on alternate faces. The steel girder deck has a latticework steel parapet. These parapets terminate in rectangular stone piers with conglomerate coping stones. The abutments are of rock-faced stone with a band of red conglomerate below the top. They comprise splayed walls retaining the embankment on both sides, of which the W abutment is more substantial as the ground is steeper.

The deck carries an iron pipe but the rails have been taken up.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved steel girder viaduct, a type characteristic of the late C19 but now extremely rare in S Wales.

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