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Written by Mark Bearton - 28 Nov 2004
last update by Mark Simpson - 30 Sep 2005
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Location notes
Gilfach Fargoed is just south of Bargoed on the line from Cardiff to Rhymney.
Railway type and traffic
There is an hourly service from Cardiff to Rhymney with extra peak-hour trains. There is a 30 minute service on Saturdays as far as Bargoed. Currently most services are worked by class 142/143 and 150 units.
Gilfach Fargoed is on the edge of Bargoed and is a quiet area spread along the valley. (Pronounce the f as v)
Road directions
The A469 passes through Bargoed from Caerphilly to Rhymney.

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Gilfach Fargoed map co-ordinates
There is on street parking near Gilfach Fargoed station and a small car park behind the shops nearer Bargoed.
Public transport
There is a regular train service. Gilfach Fargoed is a request stop and due to the very diminutive platforms, you must alight from the front door only!

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There are a few shops in Bargoed.
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Gilfach Fargoed

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Photographic notes
The light here is best in the afternoon. Early to mid afternoon it is best for trains from Rhymney but late afternoon the sun will be sufficiently round for trains heading from Cardiff.
There are three locations here, the first being at Gilfach Fargoed station bridge, though being in the cutting it can be shaded. The next is a short walk from the station. Turn right out the station, then right up a set of steps. Continue along a residential road of terraced houses. At the last house on the left there is a small path alongside the house leading to a ledge by the back garden which gives views of trains heading south with a nice semaphore signal distance. Nearer Bargoed on the main road there is a small car park on the right behind shops/houses. There is a small path leading down towards the railway from which you can get views of trains heading towards Rhymney.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

From the path

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

From behind the house

MS 30-09-05: This shot is no longer accesible as the ledge has been fenced off

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