Time was when Caerleon had its own railway station and thanks to Mike Macleur we have a fine selection of photos of it.
Trains were used for local journeys as well as for travelling further afield. Business people popped into Newport and you'll probably be surprised to find out that pupils travelled to school by train! Mike recalls:
"We departed for school at about 7.46 am from Caerleon. The train conveyed pupils for West Mon (the pupils detrained at Pontypool Blaendare Road halt), The County School for Girls (detrained at Pontypool Crane Street) and Abersychan Grammar/Tech. The train picked up pupils as far as Sebastapol, after that I presume they had to take a bus."
Among the local schoolchildren using the train Mike remembers:
West Mon pupils: Bob Powell, Keith Edwards, Richard Edwards (son of local baker)
County School for Girls: Lorna Thomas.
Abersychan Grammar: Mike Macleur, Trevor Ibbottson (Abernant Farm), Les Porter, Peter Watson, Steve Wilmot, Ann Burrows and Viv Asquith.
"There were more of course," Mike told us, "but 50 years of water under the bridge tends to cloud the brain..."