Welsh Wonder

A loco-hauled railtour run by RPPR covering rare track around South Wales on Saturday 25th November 1978. Highlights were: Blaenavon, Uskmouth and Class 20 haulage.

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Climbing the Blaenavon branch above Pontypool, 20044 and 20188 curve around the village of Abersychan amidst spectacular post-industrial scenery of the remains of various collieries and the British Iron Works.

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On arrival at Blaenavon Furnace Sidings, 20188 and 20044 prepare to run round as the sun breaks through. Typically for Blaenavon, by the time the locos actually ran round, it was snowing.

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The train prepares to leave for the descent back to Pontypool and Newport. The sidings served Blaenavon Big Pit, now a mining museum.

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On the descent, the train is seen as it follows the curve of the hillside around the village of Cwmffrwdoer.

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Seen from the same vantage point as the previous shot, the train has curved round and across and is now on the other side of this small valley. Remarkably, until the early 1960s, there were two more railways in this valley, serving two separate valleys off to the right and meeting at the splendidly non-specific Branches Fork Junction below the playground in the foreground.

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