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Cardiff Bay: Walking in the footsteps of Engineers, ICE Wales Cymru

Event organised by ICE

29 September 2022
17:00 - 18:30 BST (GMT+1)
Bute Road Station Building
Bute Street
Cardiff, CF10 5LE
United Kingdom
Add to Calendar 29-09-2022 17:00 29-09-2022 18:30 false GMT Cardiff Bay: Walking in the footsteps of Engineers, ICE Wales Cymru Bute Road Station Building, Cardiff

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In many ways Cardiff Bay can be seen as a microcosm of the world of the famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, not just in south Wales but across almost all of his works from railways to ships and bridges. Here you can find his first Welsh work - the first steam railway in Wales in the shape of the Taff Vale Railway (TVR) with Cardiff Bay bounded to the north by his South Wales Railway (SWR), at the time his longest broad gauge railway. There were many other associations, with engineers and contractors involved with the canal, docks and shipbuilding, including Robert Stephenson and Scott Russell, the latter famously involved with Brunel in the building of his great leviathan, the PSS Great Eastern. Brown Lenox’s canal side warehouse was another connection with the Great Eastern and down this canal came ironwork for Brunel’s Clifton and Hungerford bridges.

The black and white photograph shows the TVR locomotive Newbridge taken around 1849-50. Behind the engine can be seen masts of a ship in the Bute West Dock. The engine driver at the controls together with a railway policeman standing by the tender can also be seen together with his colleague PC Wallbridge, part of their duties include operating points to regulate the passage of coal trains to the shipping appliances alongside the dock. A Policeman’s Box existed at Herbert Street Bridge, which faced the gasworks. (Courtesy of South Wales Police Museum)

In 1971 the Institution of Civil Engineers established the Panel for Historical Engineering Works, a key initiative underpinning ICE Wales Cymru’s aim to raise the general public’s awareness of Wales’s rich historical engineering heritage. For more information on this event and the historical engineering heritage in Wales contact:


Bute Road station Building
Bute Street
CF10 5LE


This event is a walk around Cardiff Bay on Thursday 29 September 2022 starting at 5pm at the Bute Road (Cardiff Bay) terminus station. 

The first of a series of walks, led by Stephen K. Jones, starting and finishing at the former Bute Road station building (next to the Cardiff Bay railway station and Academy Coffee Shop) recently marked by ICE Wales Cymru with a plaque to celebrate the famous TVR company and the restoration of the Grade II* station terminus. 

This is a moderate walk on public paths, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and allow one and a half hours or more if we retire to a local hostelry!

Joint event with the Newcomen Society and the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET).


Stephen K. Jones

Stephen K. Jones

South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET)

chief executive

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Stephen K. Jones

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Welsh representative for the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works, Chief Executive of the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET) and Trustee of the Friends of Union Chain Bridge.

Born in Cardiff Stephen’s professional background was in industrial development and economic regeneration, latterly at the Welsh Development Agency (WDA). He is editor of the Welsh Achievements in Science, Technology and Engineering, a Visiting Research Fellow at Bath University, an Overton Research Fellowship in Transportation History (Lexington Group USA) and Newcomen Society member. Engineering history, particularly the work of Brunel, has long been his interest culminating in the final volume of the Brunel in South Wales trilogy in 2009. Exhibitions include Web of Iron and recent publications include chapters in Samuel Brown and Union Chain Bridge (2017), The Engineering Revolution (2019) and Spanning the Centuries (2020). He is currently co-editing the proceedings of the Early Railways conference (2021) which includes his paper; A Tale of Two Towns – the South Wales Railway.




The Society was founded in 1920 and its charitable objectives are to promote, encourage and co-ordinate the study of the history of engineering and technology from ancient times to the present day.

South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust.

South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust.

The Institute was founded in 1857 and is devoted to the promotion of engineering with young people.

For more information please contact:

Eleanor Kelman