Welsh Wonder (Relief)

A loco-hauled railtour run by RPPR covering rare track around South Wales on Saturday 2nd December 1978, and a repeat of one run the previous weekend. Highlights were: Blaenavon, Uskmouth and Class 20 haulage. December, snow and no heat!



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Starting at London Paddington, the tour was hauled by 25225 and 25052 to Severn Tunnel Junction via Swindon, Bradford on Avon and the Bristol avoiding curve. There was a photo-stop at the (then) closed station at Melksham, seen here.

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From Severn Tunnel Junction, 20022 and 20122 were in charge for the serious climb to Blaenavon High Level and the colliery beyond. Here the locos are seen on the curved viaduct at Garndiffaith at the start of the ex-LNWR part of the branch.

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Arrival at a snow-covered Blaenavon Furnace Sidings.

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The locos run round, with the track continuing to climb towards Waenavon. This section of line remains as part of the preserved Potypool and Blaenavon Railway.

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Once again at Garndiffaith, this time on the descent towards Abersychan and Talywain.

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