Thursday 4 July 2013

Crambrian Railway Part 2

The line runs North from Builth Wells towards Rhayader and beyond. I had not intentionally set out to record any of the lines  as most of it has been reclaimed though you can see where parts went as you drive near by on the road. The first section I came across was near the old Doldwlod Station. I had spotted a pillbox beside the old line so went to get a photo.

This is the old railbed looking towards Doldwlod Station, the pillbox I was after is just up on the left.

Looking the other way back towards Newbridge-on -Wye

The other thing I noticed was there used to be a bridge here we look towards where the bridge used to be.

Here you can see where the bridge would have crossed the river Wye

Not much to see now but the bridge would have joined the bank over there and headed off towards where the building is.

Very little to say there was a bridge apart from some brickwork that is left and a cast iron base that may have been part of the bridge structure

Another view of the remaining parts of the bridge

Some of the base of the bridge

The track you see here is part of the old railbed tha came up from the bridge to Doldwlod station.

This is the entrance to Doldwlod station and on the right you can see the end of the platform.

From the station the railway would have gone off through where the petrol station is now and the road further on is built on the bed. Before it reached Rhayader it cross the Wye again and the bridge is still in place though I have not visited it. The railway then went through a couple of cuttings  before getting to the station.
The next time I picked up the railway was near Pont Marteg where we stopped off for a picnic, I went for a walk and noticed this

I could see a railway embankment  and what looked like a bridge

which is what it turned outto be crossing the Afon Martag.

Looking back I could see where there was a cutting.

On getting to the embankment I could see  where the embankment went and behind was a tunnel going through the hillside though now it was used as a home for bats.

The railbed was now used as a footpath in a nature reserve

and the cutting was still there 
After heading back to the road I found the original track had been  cut in two by the A470 which now ran through the area.

The embankment is can be seen in the center photo

 Here is were the embankment was cut through by the road.

That is as much of the Crambrian railway I have covered and it shows what can still be found if you look no doubt more is still there to be seen.

I'll leave you with this view along the Afon Martag from the rail embankment.


  1. You definitely need to know what you are looking for. I don't think I would have spotted any of those clues.

    1. What I did not say was the the pillbox was spotted on Google Earth, you can see none of it from the road.

  2. I love these kind of photostories! I once took a walk around my old lake and found the original road around it. This is fascinating. Well done.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!