Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen Growler

A DMU railtour run by the Monmouthshire Railway Society covering rare track around South Wales on Saturday 24th March 1979. Highlights were: Aberpergwm, Onllwyn, Abernant and Gwaun Cae Gurwen.

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Aberpergwm 24/03/79 (s1856.jpg)

On the former Vale of Neath line to Aberdare, the railtour reached the entrance to Aberpergwm colliery sidings.

Onllwyn 24/03/79 (s1858.jpg)

My second visit in 8 weeks to the Neath and Brecon line, and once again the train reversed at Onllwyn after the extension to Craig-y-Nos was refused.

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The train then ran via the Swansea District line to Pantyfynnon and the branch to Abernant and Gwaun Cae Gurwen. Here the train is seen at Abernant colliery sidings.

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Returning down the line, the train reversed to take the short branch to Gwaun Cae Gurwen. Here, no-one was available to open the level crossing gates, so the train terminated at the crossing. The viaduct to the left is on the never-opened curve towards Abernant.

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After returning to Pantyffynnon, the train stopped in the unused branch platform for a photo stop.


For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction