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  1. Very interesting tidbit about the vending machine. Thank you to everyone who has commented with memories and information. It really does mean a lot to me.
  2. Hello RmWeb The Cambrian Coast Express was a titled train which ran from London Paddington to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. On the Pwllheli section, the express called at Barmouth, one of the largest stations on the line. As part of a personal project, I am researching Barmouth Railway Station. My focus is on the late 1950s, when the Cambrian Coast Express became a year-round operation. What was the configuration like when it reached Barmouth? I know the two trains joined at Shrewsbury, but how many coaches could you expect to see on a typical day on the Pwllheli section? Would there
  3. Hello RMweb Up until the mid 2000s, Virgin CrossCountry operated a daily train to Swansea. This arrangement ended when operations were scaled back to Cardiff. While I have been able to find a few images of a Virgin HST at Swansea, I have never come across a picture of a Class 220 or 221 at High Street Station. From my research, I believe there was a period of time where Virgin only operated Voyagers before pulling out of Swansea. If anyone has images or could shed any light on the subject, it would be greatly appreciated. FGW
  4. Apologies for the late reply, sometimes real life leaves no time for railway modelling or research! Thank you to everyone who commented with their ideas and advice. It's still a mystery it seems. There's only one possible theory . Because they were such a small fleet with a specialised purpose, nobody ever thought of giving them an official name. To me, the semi-official name would be the "Swansea & Mumbles Tramcar." Gordon A: I will try to contact Brush to see if they have any further information. Maybe I am reading too much into this. (I research the Mumbles Railway quite
  5. Hello RmWeb Apologies if this should be in in the Tramway Section, but I felt that the question forum was for everything and the Mumbles Railway has always been considered a light railway, rather than a fully fledged tramway. In the late 1920s, the legendary Swansea & Mumbles Railway modernised their fleet. A fleet of 11 tramcars (later 13) were ordered from the Brush Electrical Engineering Company of Loughborough to replace the aging steam locomotives. A resounding success, these tramcars could operate as coupled pairs and were the largest of their type in Britain. Originally pai
  6. Thank you for knowledge and help everyone, thank you for sharing your thoughts. FGW
  7. Hello RmWeb. Freight services west of Port Talbot in Wales are becoming increasingly rare. In 2014, the Murco Refinery at Robeston closed down. I assumed this meant that the train services ceased. A week ago at Britton Ferry, I saw a huge oil train being headed by a Class 60. It was coming from the West so it had definitely been down Pembrokeshire. I was wondering, have freight trains to Pembrokeshire restarted again? I did some research and it seems the Robeston site is now an Oil Terminal, can this still be serviced by rail? Any knowledge would be appreciated. FGW
  8. I might try and email Crich but as they are in the middle of a refurbishment, they might take longer to reply to! Maybe someone who works at Crich might read these forums and be able to answer this elusive question. Thank you for the reply FirstGreatWestern
  9. I believe this is in the wrong board. Awfully sorry, I was rushing! I think it should be in questions.
  10. Hello Rmweb. As a fan of the Swansea & Mumbles Railway, I have always wondered about the history of Car 2, one of thirteen electric trams built for the railway in 1929. Besides the cab of Car 7, Car 2 was the only vehicle preserved upon closure in 1960. It was sent to the Middleton Railway in Leeds but sadly, Car 2 was broken up after being vandlised and set on fire circa 1968. However, it has been stated that the bogies/trucks survived and were sent to Crich for preservation. I have seen too many posts/videos for this to be untrue but I have never seen a photograph of the bogies
  11. Thank you everyone who as liked and commented! As per the power functions, I still use Lego 9V! and this particular loco was designed for easy 9V conversion to the bogies. On a future version I will certainly look into the possibility of Power Functions!
  12. Hello Rmweb. I'm sure many of you have heard of Lego Trains, it may be why you started modelling even. Lego has a timeless appeal and I thought I'd share this project with you. Lego Ideas is a site where you can upload Lego sets you've created in the hope it can reach 10,000 supporters. If it reaches 10,000 Lego might consider producing the set and you receiving credit and 1% of the royalties. I decided to create a model for consideration. It is called the "Freight Loco" is made to look like a generic diesel-electric locomotive. You can see the locomotive here https://ideas
  13. This is excellent information, I was curious that's all but I'm really glad to have learnt something about the Heart of Wales line and the railways of Wales as a whole. As for a model, maybe. I would like to create something. Perhaps an updated version set post 1968. Using Rule 1 having Midland traffic coming to Victoria. I would love to see a double headed Class 50 formation coming from up north!
  14. I'd say Arriva would have a commanding presence, but I have a vision of a Virgin XC voyager, going to York! I didn't know the line was subsidised, I asssumed it was very successful! With places such as Llandeilo and people actually travelling to Shrewsbury, but doesn't the Marches line join onto Shrewsbury anyway?
  15. Hello RmWeb! Please excuse me if this is in the wrong place! I haven't used this forum for years but It is definitely a question and is in the U.K In Swansea there was once a station called "Swansea Victoria". It was formerly operated by the LNWR and later the LMS and eventually fell to British Railways. It was adjacent to the terminus of the Swansea and Mumbles Railway at Rutland Street. It served as the station for trains on the Central Wales Line to Shrewsbury. My question is, if it had survived rather than being closed in June 1964 then what TOC's would operate from the stati
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