South Wales leaps, March 78 and 2015....

 

Two South Wales moves lists, some 37 years apart. Times have changed but always worth a visit.

 

(some gaps in moves as HST/units not logged at time)

                                                                                10/3/78 Fr

47088  1428 Swansea-Manchester                                         Swansea-Newport

47109  1710 Cardiff-Crewe                                                   Cardiff - Newport

45026  1745 Cardiff-Sheffield                                               Newport - Cheltenham

45048  1408 Newcastle-Swansea                                           Cheltenham - Gloucester

50017  1723 Padd-Cheltenham                                              Gloucester - Cheltenham       

45021  1640 Leeds-Bristol TM                                               Cheltenham - T.Meads

45007  2110 Bristol TM-Edin/Glas                                        T.Meads - Cheltenham

At Cheltenham station a lot of postmen were waiting to load/off load mail onto the 1742 Leeds - Bristol. On realising it was late, they rang the box to enquire and only got piped music down the earpiece! Much laughter. Box eventually advised 20 down...! Cant imagine that happening today!

46038  1742 Leeds-Bristol TM                                               Cheltenham - T.Meads

                                                                                11/3/78 Sa

37175  0114 Bristol TM-Milford H                                        T.Meads - Newport

Almighty thrash up Filton bank, bashers, tramps, students and drunks aboard to enjoy!

47108  0050 Padd-Milford H                                                 Newport - Cardiff

31256  0110 Fishguard H-Padd                                             Cardiff - Newport

booked 31 but this was a dull local WR one

46026  0147 Crewe-Cardiff                                                   Newport - Cardiff

45020  0532 Cardiff-Crewe                                                   Cardiff - Hereford

47509  0712 Hereford-Padd                                                   Hereford - Malvern Link

47496  0808 Hereford-Padd                                                   Malvern Link - Worcester SH

45031  0639 Leeds-Paignton                                                  Worcester SH - Cheltenham

47101  0830 Manchester-Swansea                                         Cheltenham - Gloucester

50022  0923 Padd-Cheltenham                                              Gloucester - Cheltenham

40120  xxxx Crewe-Ebbw Vale "Gwent Valley Invader" Railtour Cheltenham - Gloucester

Student funding crisis saw me get 6.4 free miles behind the 40 in the "bog" !

47100  0920 Liverpool-Penzance                                           Gloucester - T.Meads

50034  1110 Plymouth-Manchester                                        T.Meads - Gloucester

47263  1110 Plymouth-Manchester                                        Gloucester - Cheltenham

45077  1320 Liverpool-Plymouth                                           Cheltenham - Gloucester

47075  1428 Swansea-Manchester                                         Gloucester - Cheltenham

47144  1423 Manchester-Swansea                                         Cheltenham - Gloucester

45035  1433 Paignton-Leeds                                                  Gloucester - Cheltenham

45074}            1000 Edinburgh-Plymouth                                         Cheltenham - T.Meads

47550(d)}

very late, the Peak  was on coffins, Some needed the 47 not the 45!

45049  1358 Penzance-Birmingham                                       T.Meads - Gloucester

45021  1358 Penzance-Birmingham                                       Gloucester - Cheltenham

46040  1640 Leeds-Bristol                                                     Cheltenham - T.Meads

46047  1805 Plymouth-Cardiff                                              T.Meads - Newport

47136  1608 Newcastle-Cardiff                                             Newport - Cardiff

47256  xxxx Portsmouth-Rtn Swansea Adex                                    Cardiff - Swansea

47256  was very popular at the time as had been repainted in all over green and "steamed like a good un!"

 

                                                17/3/15 Tu

67029  1716 Cardiff - Holyhead                                           Cardiff- Cwmbran

 

The "WAG" is the only loco hauled passenger train serving Cardiff in 2015, has to be done!

 

also 60019 and 56105 on freight turns..plus an awful lot of units..!.

 

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South Wales Phot Spot ..

 

Cardiff,  March 25th 1977

 

25037747256r.jpg Apologies for quality but heres 47256 as mentioned in the 70's moves on an oil train at Cardiff. In two tone green here she was later repainted all over green to make her a local celebrity.

 

Newport, November 25th 1983

 

25118337290r.jpg Timeless Newport, a grubby 37290 on coal empties in steady drizzle!

 

Cardiff Bute Road, February 28th 1987

 

28028737905cbrdr.jpg  37905 had worked the Valley Explorer tour which had originated in London down the hill from Cwm Bargoed to Cardiff Bute Road. 33025 and 33062 had worked most of this tour. At this time Cardiff Bute Road was very run down, now as Cardiff Bay its very different on the waterfront a 100 yards from the station.

 

Cardiff Central, March 18th 2015

 

18031543132n029r.jpg HST's started operation on Padd-Swanseas in Oct 76and are still around....43132 tails 43029 on the 1528 Swansea - Padd.

 

18031560019r.jpg 60019 opens up on getting a green with a Llanwern-Margam steel working

 

18031556105r.jpg Very into the sun but heres 56105 with a lengthy log train from Baglan Bay to Chirk

 

Cwmbran, March 18th 2015

 

18031567029r.jpg 67029 in whack amp mode out of Cwmbran with the 1716 Cardiff-Holyhead "WAG" 180315

 

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