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Bridgend Railway

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This 4.5 mile line incorporated in 1828 commences at the Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway, near the village of Ceffn Gribbwr, in the parish of Laleston, and proceeds in an eastward course to the River Ogmore. It crosses at a short distance south of the church of St. Bride's Minor, and proceeds on the east bank of the river, to the town of Bridgend.

The act for making this railway, is entitled, 'An Act for making and maintaining a Railway or Tramroad from the Dufryn Llynvi and Pwll Cawl, otherwise Porth Cawl Railway, to commence at a certain point therein, in the parish of Laleston, in the county of Glamorgan, and to terminate near to the town of Bridgend, in the same county.' The subscribers, at the time the act was obtained, were thirty-three in number, amongst whom were Sir J. Nicoll and Sir D. Mackworth.

They were incorporated by the name of 'The Bridgend Railway Company' with power to raise £6,000, in shares of £20 each, (of which £4,380 was subscribed before going to parliament), and an additional sum of £4,000 on mortgage of the railroad and the rates authorized to be collected, should such sum be necessary to complete the same. Five years are allowed by the act for its completion. The concern is to be managed by a committee of five proprietors, who are subject to the control of general meetings.

The railway is four miles and a half in length, and is on one inclined plane to Bridgend, to which place there is a fall of 190 feet. The estimate for completing it amounts to £6,000, and was made by Mr. John Hodgkinson, civil engineer.

The principal object of this railroad is for the carriage of coal from the extensive collieries on the line of the Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway, to the town of Bridgend and its vicinity.

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