A DMU railtour run by the Branch Line Society covering rare track around South Wales on Saturday 22nd October 1983. Highlights were: Cardiff Central Riverside Platform, Maerdy, Hirwaun Pond, Abercynon Colliery and Cardiff Bute Road.
After a start at Newport, at Cardiff the train shunted back into one of the Riverside platforms.
Then on to a photo stop at Ninian Park Halt - at that time not in regular use.
Up the Rhondda Fach to Maerdy, and the usual stopping point. Visible in this picture, the old station platform is on the right.
After a reversal at Pontypridd, the train ran up the Cynon valley and on to Hirwaun Pond, where the sidings for Tower Colliery diverged.
Returning down the valley, a stop at the disused station at Hirwaun for a photo stop.
And another at Aberdare High Level station, again not in use at that time. To the right is the site of the Brunel train shed, destroyed by fire in November 1982.
After returning to Abercynon, the train took the short Abercynon Colliery branch from Stormstown Junction. Here it is at the start of the colliery sidings. The colliery remained open until 1988, but had been linked underground to Lady Windsor colliery in Ynysybwl in 1975.
Finally a trip down to Cardiff Bute Road (now Cardiff Bay).
For more details on this tour and the route taken visit Six Bells Junction