Double Dragon

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.



Cardiff Riverside 22/10/83 (p83011.jpg)

After a start at Newport, at Cardiff the train shunted back into one of the Riverside platforms.

Ninian Park Halt 22/10/83 (p83012.jpg)

Then on to a photo stop at Ninian Park Halt - at that time not in regular use.

Maerdy 22/10/83 (p83013.jpg)

Up the Rhondda Fach to Maerdy, and the usual stopping point. Visible in this picture, the old station platform is on the right.

Hirwaun Pond 22/10/83 (p83014.jpg)

After a reversal at Pontypridd, the train ran up the Cynon valley and on to Hirwaun Pond, where the sidings for Tower Colliery diverged.

Hirwaun 22/10/83 (p83015.jpg)

Returning down the valley, a stop at the disused station at Hirwaun for a photo stop.

Aberdare HL 22/10/83 (p83016.jpg)

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.

Abercynon Colliery 22/10/83 (p83017.jpg)

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.

Cardiff Bute Road 22/10/83 (p83018.jpg)

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