Bus stop moves - Leaping at Gowerton

 

Swansea - Gowerton is a mere 5.64 miles but a good bit is climbing up the 1 in 52  Cockett bank to the West of Swansea. 2C88 1810 Swansea - Carmarthen was normally 4 Mk I's with a few vans and was always , when i covered it, a "South Wales steamer". As per the list below a fair few Canton/Landore xb 37's were raked in on this classic train. On leaping at little Gowerton in Summer you walked down the old Midland track bed to Dunvant and Killay to get home. In Winter, especially when it was raining,  a SWT Leyland National got you home.

 

It was a long wak from Uni to Swansea High Street, often in monsoon rains that Swansea is renown for. The loco for the 1810 was normally at the stops on a parcels before being released around 1745 to start steaming the stock in platform 4. If it was a dud one, you walked away and this happened umpteen times. However on the occasions listed a "newie" was on offer so you chung out 33p for a Swansea - Gowerton single ticket and you bagged a front compo for the thrash!

 

With the dim lights of a Mk 1 compo and a growling 37190 gently steaming your stock and thrashing her guts out it was great, albeit shortlived fun

There must have been a good few bus stop moves we regularly did, any more to offer?

 

 

                                                            7/5/77 Sa

37247  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

                                                           

                                                            10/5/77 Tu

37187  1810 Swansea - Carmarthen                                                               SW-GO

 

                                                            24/5/77 Tu

37184  1810 Swansea - Carmarthen                                                               SW-GO

                                                           

                                                            28/5/77 Sa

37185  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

 

                                                            2/6/77 Th

47504  1530 Fishguard-Swansea                                                                    GO-SW

not impressed at all after walking the 4 miles to Gowerton, but being the loco and stock off the down boat train it was no suprise.Didnt do this move again!

 

                                                            4/6/77 Sa

37191  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

                                                            6/6/77 Mo

37175  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO          

 

                                                            20/1/78 Fr

37177  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

                                                            26/1/78 Th

37183  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

 

                                                            2/3/78 Th

37179  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                   SW-GO

 

                                                            13/11/78 Mo

37181  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

 

                                                            23/11/78 We

37182  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

                                                            25/11/78 Fr

37190  1810 Swansea-Carmarthen                                                                 SW-GO

 

and that was that, the other steamers except 37178 were all raked in on the 2125 Swansea - Bristol overnight or the 1705 Newport - Swansea, 37178 was raked in years later on a tour in the late 80's...

 

The "South Wales steamers" fleet (20)

 

37175, 37176, 37177, 37178, 37179, 37180, 37181, 37182, 37183, 37184, 37185, 37186, 37187, 37188, 37189, 37190, 37191, 37192, 37247, 37268

 

caned in on the 1810 (12)

 

37175, 37177, 37179, 37181, 37182, 37183, 37184, 37185, 37187, 37190, 37191, 37247

 

Phot spot

 

wtt0577to0578webr.jpg The May 77-May 78 WTT for 2C88 1810 Swansea - Carmarthen!

swangowpiecewebr.jpg 33p for 5.64 miles of solid thrash!

 

28057737185webr.jpg My only phot of the 1810 Swansea - Carmarthen at Swansea prior to 5.64 miles of thrash to Gowerton behind "steamer" 37185 on 280577.

 

Even more exotic power was raked in by "GJ" on his Ayr-Maybole bus stop move back in 1981. Linked here

 

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