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Abertaf Feeder Pipe Bridge Memorial

Location

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OS Ref: ST 092 954

Last Visited: 2014

The Abertaf Feeder Pipe Bridge Memorial

The Abertaf Feeder Pipe Bridge Memorial

The Abertaf Feeder Pipe Bridge Memorial

The Abertaf Feeder Pipe Bridge Memorial

Pipe bridges are generally amongst of the dullest structures to be seen along our rivers and canals.

The Abertaf Feeder Pipe Footbridge near Abercynon is something of an exception, and even warrants its own rather handsome memorial.

The memorial, in the shape of the prow of a canal boat, commemorates the restoration and reopening of the bridge in 1997.

The bridge was originally built in 1857 to supply the Glamorganshire Canal with water. It carried a feeder from a weir at Fiddlerʼs Elbow (about 200m north of here, where the current A472 bridge now stands) across the river.

From there the feeder ran roughly parallel to the Pen-y-darren Tramway (now the Taff Trail) down to join the canal at Navigation (now known as Abercynon).

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Newport Transporter Bridge

Location

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OS Ref: ST 316 862

Last Visited: 2015

Newport Transporter Bridge

Newport Transporter Bridge

The transporter bridges ares very rare, whatever way you count them. Wikipedia lists 26 in all; of which 13 have been demolished. Out of the survivors only eight remain in use, two of which are recently installed small human-powered footbridges.

The Newport Transporter Bridge is one of only three in the UK, the others being the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge and the disused Warrington Transporter Bridge.

It was designed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin, and opened by Godfrey Charles Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar on 12 September 1906.

For details of opening times, admission prices, etc. please see the Visitor Centre's official site, detailed below.

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Pen-y-Darren Monument

Location

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OS Ref: ST 084 949

Last Visited: 2011

Pen-y-Darren Monument

Pen-y-Darren Monument

Outside the fire station in Abercynon stands a memorial to the first ever steam hauled railway journey.

It was on the 21 February 1804 that a locomotive built and driven by Richard Trevithick successfully carried ten tons of iron, five wagons and seventy men along the 9.75 miles (15.69 km) Merthyr Tramroad from the Penydarren Ironworks to the basin of the Glamorganshire Canal which once occupied this spot.

Admittedly it took over four hours, but everything has to start somewhere.

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