The other smaller railways in the gwr area were subsidiaries the taff vale railway was the second largest constituent of the new great western railway the old gwr was the largest the taff vale railway was amalgamated into the putative new gwr on 1 january 1922 effectively from 25 march 1922. This aerial accompanies the blog describing the state of the route since close in 1989 we are on section 1. The taff vale railway was wales first purpose built railway to be powered by locomotives engineered by isambard kingdom brunel 1806 59 and his first rail system in wales its main line followed the river taff between cardiff and merthyr tydfil with branches into the rhondda and cynon valleys and later the vale of glamorgan. Taff vale railway and related lines the taff vale railway tvr was an important railway line in glamorganshire built primarily to serve the expanding exploitation of the south wales coalfield in the 19th century the companys headquarters and workshops were in butetown in the heart of cardiff docks the tvr mainline was 24 miles long but
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