Caerwent Cannonball

A DMU railtour run jointly by the Monmouthshire Railway Society and the RCTS covering rare track around South Wales on Saturday 15th March 1980. Highlights were: Blaenavon, Caerwent, Tidenham and Parkend.

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This was the last passenger train to reach Blaenavon Big Pit from Cwmbran (Llantarnam Jn) before the branch closed in May 1980.

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Although the branch to Tintern Quarry was still in place, passage through the tunnel at Tidenham was refused, so the train came to a halt right at the tunnel entrance.

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Right to the end of the track at the closed Parkend station up the branch from Lydney.

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At the other end of the station, the branch that meandered through the town streets to the goods sidings can be seen heading off to the left.

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Halfway down the branch, the train halted alongside the Dean Forest Railway site at Norchard.


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