Cardiff Central and Environs



As I lived just outside Caerphilly in the Rhymney valley, Cardiff Central was my main hangout and many many Saturdays were spent sitting at the west end of Platform 3. You were afforded an excellent view of the trains as they arrived from Swansea and in the distance was the bulk of Cardiff Canton (CF) depot. At the east end of the station the Valley lines crossed the main from Newport and descended a steep grade to enter the station.

Every trip to Cardiff had to include the 20 minute walk from the station to the depot. Fortunately for trainspotters, there was a footbridge that crossed the 4 track main to the depot entrance and from this many of the loco's on shed were visible as well as all of the mainline traffic. The pictures in this gallery are taken from both the station, the footbridge and from within the depot as staff could be quite tolerant of young spotters if they were polite and asked permission.

A Pair of Class 37's arrive at Cardiff Central from the Valleys A 08 796 at the back of Cardiff Canton depot
A Class 56 at the bottom of the bridge to Canton MPD 37 287 on shed at Canton
37 287 and 37 213 at the back of Canton depot Unknown 08 at the back of Canton depot
Class 37's at Canton Class 37's at Canton
37 273 inside the shed at Canton 37 175 and a class 47 at Canton looking toward the old water tower
37 passing through Cardiff Central on a ballast train 47 arriving at Platform 1 at Cardiff Central
47 at platform 2 at Cardiff Central A Class 56 arrives at platform 4 with iron ore empties from Llanwern
47 arriving at platform 2 56 046 at Cardiff Canton depot
56 043 numberplate and grill detail Unknown class 37 inside the shed at Canton
Unknown class 47 at Cardiff Central with a bulk oil train Swansea bound IC125 unit sits at platform 3 at dusk in December 1982
A pair of Class 37's passing through Cardiff Central on a bulk oil train A 37 running light to Canton depot (in the distance)
A 47 on a bulk oil train passing platform 4 A 47 passing through the centre roads at Cardiff Central
A 47 arriving at platform 3 A 56 in the company of 47's at Cardiff Canton taking from the footbridge
A 37 taken from the bottom steps of the footbridge leading to Cardiff Canton 45 041 "The Royal Tank Regiment" an unusual visitor to Canton
An empty iron ore train with two 56's leading negotiates the western station throat at Cardiff Central 56 032 "Sir De Morgannwg/County of South Glamorgan" and 56 036 with iron empties passing platform 4
56 032 "Sir De Morgannwg/County of South Glamorgan" and 56 036 with iron empties passing platform 4 A class 37 tows dead class 47 through platform 4 at Cardiff Central
A Pair of class 37's at Cardiff Central with a railtour A bit of an artsy shot, class 37s at Canton depot seen through the railings of the footbridge where I spent so much of my youth
A Pair of class 37's depart Cardiff Central with a railtour A Named class 47 arrives at Cardiff Central with an eastbound passenger train
33 058 having just arrived with the Portsmouth Harbour -- Cardiff train pauses at Platform 4 40 024 "Lucania" passes through Cardiff's centre roads with a railtour
37 204 at Bristol based locomotive runs through Cardiff with a bulk oil train An unknown class 47 arrives at platform 3
an unknown class 45 arrives at platform 3 A London Paddington bound HST arrives in Cardiff from Swansea
East and Westbound HST's meet at platforms 3 and 4 at Cardiff Central station 40 024 "Lucania" storms through the centre roads at Cardiff with a railtour while another trainspotter looks on
A class 47 at Cardiff Central A study of a class 33 at Cardiff Central
More recent pictures during a late 90s visit of a new Class 60 on a bulk oil train 60 015 passes through Cardiff with a steel coil train