© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
We’ve been here before - see
- a fun little outing,
in the company of the rather nice Beyer Peacock 0-4-0ST.
Those few weekends at the end of 2009 marked the first ever
passenger trains along this last remnant of the Potts.
Little has been heard of any public activity on the branch since
then - the line appeared to have returned to its slumbers. Until
this weekend (it’s Heritage Open Day weekend) - a friend
mentioned he’d been on the Thursday or Friday, and they’d been
giving rides up and down the line in a Wickham. We’d better go
and check that out...
...yes, a fun trundle in the 1953-vintage former platelayers’
trolley, brushing aside some of the vegetation that is beginning
to encroach. At first glance, little seems to have happened since
our last visit - but much work has taken place to lay out trails
through the surrounding woodland for visitors to enjoy, and a
run-round loop is being constructed (should that perhaps be
excavated? The track was buried for many years!) a little nearer
the top end of the line, so that one day, with a loop in situ here
and at Llanyblodwell, proper trains will be able to run up and
down this quiet little valley. Not for a year or two though...
Tanat Valley Light Railway
Follow the links to Nant Mawr Branch
Heritage Open Days