© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
This was a Saturday trip to the Welsh Valleys - a dull, grey
December day, which perhaps suited the sombre valleys, but
wasn't too great for photography (the resulting rather dark
slides needed a bit of "tweaking"). Not really knowing what
might be working, we made our way to Mountain Ash.
By the time we arrived - late morning perhaps - AB 2074 of 1939
"Llantarnam Abbey" appeared to have finished for the day, while
pannier 7754 stood cold in the shed. However, "No 1", HC 1885 of
1955, would be paying a visit to the Phurnacite plant, and
returning with a rake of wagons. For some reason, this
locomotive seemed to run around without a dome cover
(someone lost it perhaps?).
The four locomotives depicted are still with us - Llantarnam
Abbey is at Blaenavon, 7754 lives an active life at
Llangollen, and Sir John (a long-term project) at
the Gwili Railway. No 1, also having spent some
time at the Gwili, is now "The Pilling Pig" at Fold
House Caravan park, near the terminus of the
erstwhile Garstang, Pilling and Knott End Railway
(still sans dome cover...).
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
The Llangollen Railway
Visions International DVD
"Industry of Steam 2 - South Wales"