Track alterations at Fochriw Station (1893/94)
The line through Fochriw was originally a single track which was served only by the up platform. However, during 1892 plans were drawn up and approvals sought to create a passing loop, siding, the extension of the existing (up) platform and the provision of a second platform and signal box.
The new layout was brought into use on 20 March 1893, the inspection was carried out on 27 March 1893 and the modifications, as per the inspection report, were completed on 8 April 1893
From the drawing, the down platform does not extend to the signal box, and, in 1908, it was lengthened to accommodate another three coaches at a cost of £66. This work was completed by 5 August 1908.
Inspection Report dated 27 March 1893 quoted verbatim from the original.
“I have the honour to report for the information of the Board of Trade that, in compliance with the instructions contained in your Minute of the 10th inst., I have inspected the alterations at Fochriw Station on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway.
At this place a passing loop for passenger trains has been formed, a new down platform 60 yards in length has been provided, and the existing platform has been lengthened.
The down platform is 2’ 9” high but the up platform is only 2’6” high. Although this difference in level is undesirable, I think under the circumstances that it may be accepted. The platforms are not directly opposite to each other but the south end of the down platform is opposite to the north end of the up platform and there is a level crossing between them.
The station has been re-signalled and interlocked in accordance with modern requirements, and a new signal cabin has been erected, which contains 12 levers, all are in use.
Owing to the steep gradient of 1 in 38 falling from the north towards the station, it has been found desirable for the siding points north of the station on the up line to be utilised as a trap to arrest runaway vehicles, and for this purpose, the points at the north end of the loop are