Tucked away in a forgotten corner
of Railtrack's network is Tondu, once known as Tondu Middle. It is a Great
Western box dating from 1883, and controls the convergence of two branches off
the South Wales Main Line (at Bridgend and Pyle) towards Maesteg. This
photograph was the subject of the July 1999
quiz, where entrants where invited to identify the location..
The apparent plain-ness of the
architecture can be explained by the renewal of the brickwork at an unknown
Despite the location having once
been quite complex, and controlled by several boxes, the lever frame still has
many points and signals and really looks quite impressive.
The signalman's diagram.
The original lever frame was
replaced in 1957 with the one seen here, containing 65 levers.