The Barry Pages

Modelling the Barry Railway




The Barry Railway was one of the most financially succesful railways in South Wales. Unlike other lines in the area, the Barry controlled its own port, and followed a highly opportunistic strategy in developing its system – linking to other existing lines as a means of bringing coal into its system.

The Barry furthermore controlled the Vale of Glamorgan line from Barry to Bridgend, a picturesque passenger and minerals route that still exists today.

Modelling potential

The Barry is another of those rarely modelled South Wales railways, which is a pity as it has many interesting locations and scenarios for the modeller. These include:

* Barry docks – not necessarily the whole lot (!), there are plenty of options for a small-space layout showing a small section of the docks.

* Barry Island pier – this would make a novel layout featuring the passenger trains arriving on the pier, and maybe one of the Barry company's own steamers alongside. The pier also saw passenger stock from the other Welsh railways and the LNWR.

* The Vale of Glamorgan line – the stations on this line were of a characteristic yet fairly easily modelled design. Alternatively, stations on the Cadoxton-Trehafod line were also very characteristic, although of a more complex design (see photo on right).

* The engine shed at Coity – a small two-road shed that could display 2-3 interesting Barry locos. The Wills engine shed kit is quite similar.

* The Barry bay at Bridgend station – this was a very modellable bay in its early days, and could include all or sections of the GWR part of the station if you fancy a joint layout.

* St. Fagans exchange sidings, if you fancy a Barry/GWR joint layout with plenty of goods stock.

There are no RTR models of Barry Railway stock, but the following pages list and illustrates some of the available kits.


See below for overview map


Barry Island Station 1910


Barry Island Pier


Wenvoe station on the Cadoxton-Trehafod line



Photos are from the author's collection of old postcards and photos.