Midland Welshman No 3
A DMU railtour run by the RCTS (West Midlands Branch) covering rare track around South Wales on Saturday 19th May 1979. Highlights were: Grangetown Ferry Road, Aberdare, Cwmbargoed, Penallta and the Llandaff Loop.
The tour started from the Riverside platforms at Cardiff Central, at this time only used for parcels traffic. The doors in the main subway had been specially opened for us. The normal platforms can be seen to the right.
Aberdare High Level station, at that time without regular passenger trains. To the right is part of the Neath and Brecon Brunel station, made a listed builing a few weeks later.
On top of the world at Cwmbargoed. Many of the stations on the freight only lines had intact platforms. Cwmbargoed had two, although only one had track next to it.
After a reversal at Ystrad Mynach, a short journey up the Penallta branch for another photo stop.
After using the freight-only line between Aber Jn and Taffs Well, the train entered the yard at Radyr, so that it could use the Llandaff Loop link from the south end of the yard to Llandaff station.
The photo stop in the yard offered an opportunity to photograph shunter PWM651 at close quarters.
For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction