11th July 1959

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Midland Area)
South Wales Rail Tour

DMU Used 3-car WR suburban set

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Cardiff General – Penarth Curve East Jn – Penarth Curve South Jn – Grangetown – Penarth Harbour
as listed Penarth Harbour – Grangetown – Penarth Curve South Jn – Penarth Curve North Jn – Leckwith Jn – Radyr – Walnut Tree Jn – Penrhos Jn – Aber Jn – Llanbradach – Ystrad Mynach South Jn – Ystrad Mynach North Jn – Penrhiwfelin
as listed Penrhiwfelin – Ystrad Mynach North Jn – Ystrad Mynach South Jn – Llanbradach – Aber Jn – Aber Jn Halt – Caerphilly – Gwaunybara Jn – Fountain Bridge Halt – Machen
as listed Machen – Waterloo Halt – Gwaunybara Jn – Caerphilly – Penrhos Jn – Upper Boat Halt – Pontypridd – Rhondda Cutting Jn
as listed Rhondda Cutting Jn – Pont-Shon-Norton Jn – Cilfynydd
as listed Cilfynydd – Pont-Shon-Norton Jn
as listed Pont-Shon-Norton Jn – Stormstown Jn – Abercynon North – Penhriwceiber LL - Cwmbach Jn – Aberaman – Aberdare LL – Dare Valley Jn – Bwllfa Dare Colliery
as listed Bwllfa Dare Colliery – Dare Valley Jn – Aberdare – Abercynon – Stormstown Jn – Clydach Court Loop Jn – Ynysybwl
as listed Ynysybwl – Clydach Court Loop Jn – Stormstown Jn – Abercynon – Quakers Yard LL
as listed Quakers Yard LL – Treharris – Nelson & Llancaiach – Penalltau Jn – Ytsrad Mynach South Jn – Llanbradach – Aber Jn – Beddau Loop Jn – Watford Crossing Jn – Caerphilly – Llanishen – Heath Jn – Cardiff Queen Street – Cardiff General

Notes :
(1) Booked reversal point was
Bwllfa Dare Colliery however the unit stalled 'on incline just above remains of former GWR viaduct' shortly after Gadlys Road Platform. After two further failed attempts the train retraced its route missing out the rest of the branch.

Source : Peter Darke

Photo Review


'At the end of the Cylla branch' (photo: The John Debens Collection)


A stop at Fountain Bridge Halt (photo: The John Debens Collection)


Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd (photo: The John Debens Collection)


The tour at Ynysybwl station (photo: The John Debens Collection)


From The John Debens Ticket Collection.


Timings (Booked Only)
(from Peter Greenough courtesy of Ian Clark (SLS))

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Cardiff General 12.20d 12.21
1.06 Grangetown 12/25 12.26 ~ 12.27
2.11 Penarth Harbour 12.35 ~ 12.45 12.32 ~ 12.44
3.15 Grangetown 12/58 12/52
3.41 Penarth Curve South Jn 13/01 12/54
3.68 Penarth Curve North Jn 13/05 12/56
4.35 Leckwith Jn 13/10 12/58
7.20 St Fagans 13/17 13.15 ~ 13.16
8.32 Tyncaeau Jn 13/23 13.17 ~ 13.25
15.09 Penrhos Jn 13/45 13/45
16.19 Aber Jn 13/49 13.48 ~ 13.50
20.39 Ystrad Mynach South Jn 13/59 13/59
21.07 Ystrad Mynach North Jn 14/00 ?
22.13 Penrhiwfelin 14.11 ~ 14.16 14.07 ~ 14.19
23.19 Ystrad Mynach North Jn 14/28 ?
23.67 Ystrad Mynach South Jn 14/29 ?
29.00 Caerphilly 14/40 14.38 ~ 14.39
31.46 Fountain Bridge Halt 14.47 ~ 14.52 14.45 ~ 14.55
32.76 Machen 14.56 ~ 15.01 14.58 ~ 15.09
34.13 Waterloo Halt 15.05 ~ 15.10 15.12 ~ 15.16
36.73 Caerphilly 15/18 15.22 ~ 15.22
43.26 Pontypridd 15/39 15/51
43.68 Rhondda Cutting Jn 15.43 ~ 15.48 15.52 ~ 15.55
44.38 Pont-Shon-Norton Jn 15/53 16.00 ~ 16.01
45.75 Cilfynydd 16.05 ~ 16.10 ??.?? ~ 16.19
47.32 Pont-Shon-Norton Jn 16.22 ~ 16.27 16.27 ~ 16.29
49.78 Abercynon 16/32 16/36
57.40 Aberdare North 16/52 16.54 ~ 16.55
57.50 Dare Valley Jn 16/57 16/57
? Gadlys Road Platform ? 16/58
? 'on incline just above remains of former GWR viaduct'

First stall
reverse for second attempt
second stall
reverse for third attempt
third stall

17.02 ~ 17.13
17.17
17.20 ~ 17.20
17.26
17.27 ~ 17.30
59.68 Bwllfa Dare 17.22 ~ 17.27 DIV
? Gadlys Road Platform ? ?
62.06 Dare Valley Jn 17/52 17.36 ~ 17.41
62.12 Aberdare North 17/57 17.44 ~ 17.56
69.58 Abercynon 18/22 18/13
70.44 Stormstown Jn 18/27 18.16 ~ 18.16
72.57 Ynysybwl 18.52 ~ 18.57 18.26 ~ 18.43
74.70 Stormstown Jn 19/22 18/55
75.56 Abercynon 19/28 18/58
77.33 Quakers Yard LL 19.34 ~ 19.39 19.10 ~ 19.10
77.72 Quakers Yard East Jn 19/49 19/28
80.65 Nelson & Llancaiach 19/57 19/38
81.67 Penalltau Jn 19/59 19/40
83.28 Ytsrad Mynach South Jn 20/02 19/44
89.41 Caerphilly 20/13 20.06 ~ ??.??
96.37 Cardiff Queen Street 20/27 20.26 ~ 20.27
? Cardiff General 20.30a ?


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