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  1. Workmen's services ran in this, the remotest valley in the South Wales coalfield until the closure of Duffryn Rhondda Colliery, located south of Cymmer (Afan) in the Afan Valley, until November 1966. . Cymmer (Afan) was on the Bridgend - Treherbert line, whilst Duffryn Rhondda Colliery was a mile or two south of Cymmer, on the former R&SB line, by now freight only, and only open twixt Cymmer and Duffryn Rhondda. . A pair of Cl.121 single car DMUs worked the Bridgend - Treherbert service, and at shift change times, the DMU would arrive at Cymmer from Bridgend (or Llangynwyd) then, for the benefit of the miners, reverse down the freight line to Duffryn Rhondda, before retracing its steps to Cymmer, then reversing to return to Bridgend (or Llangynwyd) . One service left Duffryn Rhondda for Cymmer, thence Treherbert, requiring the miners to change trains at Cymmer. . This unadvertised, but official workmens diversion ceased when mining ceased at Duffryn Rhondda in November, 1967. . But, the washery remained open, fed by coal from Avon Colliery, Abergwynfi, and Glyncorrwg Colliery................requiring the attention of (i) two Cl.14 locos which worked up from Margam each day, (ii) a Cl.37 to remove the coal from Cymmer, and a (iii) Cl.47 which worked a daily MGR train to and from Aberthaw Power Station, and which was split at Cymmer for tripping to Duffryn Rhondda . . .
  2. The ex-GWR four-wheeled stock used between Cymmer Corrwg - Glyncorrwg - South Pit Halt and North Rhondda Colliery Halt included; W2766W, W2775W - Dia. S9 of Lot 760, built 1895 W238W, W2799W - Dia. S17 W2691W, W2692W - Dia. T34 of Lot 761, built 1895 These were scrapped between 1951 and 1953 when the clerestory stock took over. . The 'Mainline & City' stock remained in use between Glyncorrwg and South Pit until 1964. .
  3. Simple methods to dealing with 'travellers' - also known as 'practical policing' . (i) Many moons ago several "vardas" (caravans) were set up alongside Ferry Road, Grangetown, Cardiff beneath a railway bridge on the former Ferry Road Branch. The usual mayhem, mischief and detritus came as well. Positive police action was called for, but court orders took time. Solution:- the occupants of the local panda cars and van took it in turns, every half hour on nights, to scurry along the railway line, scoop up handfuls of ballast and rain it down on the roofs of the caravans. Result:- by lunchtime the following day, only the litter remained. . (ii) Again, in the 'Strangetown' area of Cardiff several 'vardas' appeared overnight on a plot of land where a German supermarket and restaurant now stand. There was but one way in, and one way out. Solution:- at 9:00am whilst the male occupants of the site were away earning a crust from unsuspecting "gorjas" (non-travellers), a Panda car parks across the only entrance/exit to the site. Two officers alight and start to check excise licences (tax discs) against vehicle registrations, and then lie down alongside the 'vardas' shining torches underneath, and apparently scribbling notes onto a pad (actually just doodling layout designs).. All this proves to much for one inquisitive, freckle faced, ginger haired, reflective tabbard wearing oik who waddles over, and, in his 'Irish' accent asks "Is there a problem sir ?" .... "Possibly.....you see, I'm going back to the station to check out these vans, that car and the VIN numbers on your vardas, and will probably be back to seize those that are dodgy !" Result:- By the time the afternoon shift came on duty, the site was empty.
  4. HH . I could start a new career, as an 'after dinner speaker' with numerous anecdotes recalling how we tried to keep the locals in check. . First up........the practical way to deal with 'travellers' .......................
  5. Your trip to Ely was enjoyable, because you visited Ely in Cambridgeshire. . The Ely to which we refer, is a western suburb of Cardiff. . Trip Advisor would be hard pressed to find one reason to visit Ely (Cardiff) let alone ten reasons - albeit, Trip Advisor could find dozens of reasons NOT to visit Ely (Cardiff). . Be thankful for the 200 or so mile gap twixt the two Elys.
  6. Nope, not Kenfig Hill . Here's the South Walian equivalent of 'Hill Street' aka "The Hill" in all its glory...... . When I arrived at the No.8 Police Training Centre, I was asked "where are you posted /" . Every time I told anyone, the quick reply was "what have you done wrong ?" . Messroom window, first floor, far left - then moving to the right, the Chief Inspector's office, then the Superintendent's office. . The things I've seen from that messroom window, from USAF armaments convoys passing through in the dead of night, to an Argentinian 'Pucara' trophy of war......as for the Bloodhound missile, that was a story in itself !!!! . None of which would have suppressed the locals; one of whom even stole the lead flashing off the flat roof on the right, we even had the messroom Kit Kat machine 'screwed' - not by a cop, I hasten to add.. . My cousin worked here before me, another cousin served alongside me on the same group, my brother served here after me, and it was my daughter's first posting. . I could write a book on the place, and its characters - but, there is a thing called the 'statute of limitations' . However, I'll leave it to Happy Hippo to tell you the name of the station.
  7. At my first police station, we were delivered of a Chief Inspector upon whom the Good Lord had vested no saving graces, or endearing qualities. . He was moved to us from the force driving school as he awaited trial on a serious charge relating to a POLAC (Police Accident) . He was obsessed with Dymo tape, and on one wall of his office had the names of every officer in the sub-division, their joining date, their skills, courses attended, and of course...driving grade. . On entering his office one Monday morning, to find Dymo tape strips advertising "window" - "floor" - "desk" - "chair" - "telephone" his reaction, was predictable. . His explosive reaction when returning to his beloved orange Austin Maxi at the end of one day can only be imagined when he saw the petrol flap open, the cap loose and a pile of sugar on the ground beneath the filler cap. . But, in fairness, he got the station a new cooker for the mess room................he came to the conclusion that the existing one was u/s, because every time he put his faggots in the oven, he would return to check on them and the cooker appeared to have tripped out, or switched itself off. . In South Wales at that time, our nick (the force 'punishment station') was known far and wide as "The Hill" - as our Chief Constable was of the opinion the t.v. servies "Hill Street Blues" had been filmed there, without his permission.
  8. "Olympic torch" = "Station Cat" in South Wales. . We also had a female officer who was christened Franz Klammer - as she was once discovered impersonating the famous downhill skiier, using two firemen as her poles.......... She once told me on a driving course "You'd like my SISTER, shes' a bit of a girl !" . Alas, those days are long gone.
  9. In South Wales, at Canton, I worked alongside "The Owl Man" - PC.2820 who answered the telephone "Canton - two, eight, two, oh !" . At Ely, I worked with PC. 20, aka Cedric Morgan who would answer the telephone "Ely, PC. Morgan......Large M, small organ !" . I also worked with 'The Devil' whose number was PC.666 . An officer on my initial course, was allocated the number 2978, which I'm glad I didn't get, as it was my wedding date ! . We also had an array of nicknames eg "The Seal Pup"............. when you met him, you felt like clubbing him to death. "Kingsway" ...................because the biggest public toilet (sh*thouse) in Cardiff was underneath Kingsway. "The surf board"..........because he was long, thick and had to be carried "Elastic man"................linked to the station by an invisible length of elastic that pulled him back in once he'd walked half a mile. "Lard Head".................due to the amount of grease he used on his slicked back hair. "Little Lard Head".......his son. "The Laptop"...............A short officer, who was "a small PC" . I could go on, but sensitivities must be considered.
  10. Today I have mostly been priming.................... kits . I have been presented with the pile of kits shown below, as an unpaid commission ! . The customers, Daniel & Rhys (aged 11) are hard taskmasters. . Some of you may recall the ongoing saga of HMS Belfast, which is still fresh in my mind. . So I picked what was undoubtedly the easiest of the pile, the Revell PBY-5A for Dan, and the Hawker Typhoon for Rhys. . The Catalina being 1/48 scale has a wingspan in excess of two feet, and is an easy build.................... it was a present to the twins from their uncle, my boy, who originally intended to build it as the PBY that located the survivors of the "USS Indianapolis"; the wreck of which my son was instrumental in locating, as he did with Scott's "Terra Nova" and several Japanese warships at the bottom of the Surigao Straight (puffs out chest with parental pride !) . I'm enjoying these kits, but, I'm not looking forward to the 'Lanc' . It gets me away from their other 'commission' - their 6x4 tailchaser - in OUR attic room. . It's great being a 'Bampy'
  11. I have in my possession a couple of BR drawings (schematics) from the York drawing office dated 1966/67; relating to the fitting of multiple working apparatus to Cl.03 and Cl.04 locos.. The system was apparently air operated / pneumatic and involved some twelve jumper cables/hoses connecting the locos which would be coupled cab to cab.. This appears to be a similar arrangement to that used on some of the 'cut down' BPGV locos.. The drawings list the locos to which they refer, and is specific in their pairings, namely:- Cl.03 2052 & 2053, 2071 & 2074. Cl.04 2204 & 2248, 2230 & 2232, 2242 & 2244, 2260 & 2261, 2263 & 2264, 2265 & 2340, 2271 & 2272,. . This appears to confirm that the 4x NER 'multiple working fitted Cl.03s were fitted with the same system as the Cl.04 shunters. . Note also, that one pair of Cl.04 shunters are fitted with different diameter driving wheels.
  12. The WR used a GWR or WR 'shunter's truck' at Burry Port until at least 1980, probably the last one in service. This was usually (but not always) used by a solitary Cl.03 (not the multi-working combo off the BP&GV branch) which was also, in earlier years, not always a cut down cab version. The photos below show (i) D2143 & D2145 at Swindon, 16th. April, 1961, a time when many of the Swindon pilot duties employed 'Noddies'. (ii) 03128 at Laira, 1974 with a 5 plank open that was specifically 'marked' for use as a Cl.03 'runner' I have details of the wording somewhere.
  13. I was 'quoting' an earlier post, hence the use of parentheses.
  14. If eastern/North Eastern region Cl.03s 'always' ran coupled to a 'runner' or 'match' wagon, why didn't the ER/NER Cl.04s 'always' run with them ?
  15. Through the 70s R.U. vans were still quite common here in "God's Country" where they were looked after by the late Johnny Wilkins, better known apparently as "Johnny Chopsticks" an eccentric who I'm told kept the vans spotless and obtained kindling for the van stoves, in the local woods. . Local vans carried a variety of instructions, which included; . "Radyr Junc. - For Cardiff Valleys Only" - not so common. and / or "Radyr Junc. R.U. - For Cardiff Valleys Only" - the most common. "Radyr Junc. To Work Radyr, Maerdy & Cwmbargoed Only" "Radyr Junc. To work between Maerdy & Cwmaman ,Cardiff Valleys Only" "Return to Radyr" . Other marked vans still ran in the area, at places like Llantrisant, Aberdare,
  16. Last train out of Marsh Sidings was a Cl.37 and 16 tonners, I believe bound for Uskmouth P.S. May 1976.
  17. Having had the basics of CPC explained to me by a very patient Bob Masterman, in whose department at Marland House it was then located ( and once 'used' ) - all those 'binary style' digits would have, no, did have me totally bewildered. . Being a dinosaur, I would have found the one time regular phone calls to Queen Street Control, some chalk, and a blackboard far more user friendly.
  18. Yet again, like your post about Eastleigh, a very 'non-specific' question. . Which could be interpreted several ways, . Are you looking to sell a scrapped steam loco ? . Are you looking to buy a scrapped steam loco ? . Your reference to a 'scrapped steam locomotive' implies the loco has been scrapped, namely cut up into smaller pieces - so who would want to buy a 'scrapped' steam loco, other than a scrap dealer ? When asking a question on a forum, from which you wish to glean as much information as possible, it is best to assume that those to whom you address the question have little or no knowledge of the subject and therefore pose a more detailed question.
  19. Your question is extremely 'non-specific' or lacks accuracy, and as such members are unable to accurately provide the information you seek.. If they were 'scrapped' at Eastleigh, then they were cut up and reduced to manageable pieces, then those pieces were most likely sold - albeit, some non-ferrous parts may have been put to one side, and reused. . Other withdrawn locomotives stored at Eastleigh were sold for scrap, and moved on to private scrapyards, mainly (but not solely) in South Wales where they were seen off, or some later resold and preserved.. . If you want to find out details of individual locomotives, try the What Really Happened to Steam / Engine Shed Society website(s).
  20. A byline in the Modern Railways, December 1962 confirms Mike's comment regarding 42xx tanks top 'n' tailing Newport Docks - Spencer Works (Llanwern) ore trains. . Whereas a much longer, and interesting article in the February, 1964 edition 'Modernisation in South Wales' details the steel industry and especially the wagons used for finished products, together with an insight into CPC (Continuous Progress Control) an early forerunner to TOPS.
  21. If you wish to become a member of the FB Group - "Railways in South Wales" please bear in mind, you MUST answer the two simple security questions, otherwise the 'admin' will 'bounce' your application for membership. . How do I know ? . Because,................................I'm the 'admin' . Brian R
  22. Margam took mainly imported ore from the quayside, and as Brian says above, in tipplers from the OIC in the Banbury area. . East Moors (Cardiff) used mainly imported ore, unloaded alongside the works, in the Roath Dock ( for which traffic they bought a solitary Beyer Garratt ); but the works also took in ore from the Glamorgan Haemetite mine at Llanharry, in hoppers; and on occasions also took in ore from the Banbury area. . Ebbw Vale took in imported ore, conveyed in hoppers generally from Newport Docks, but also from Barry when Newport was closed for maintenance. . The Spencer Works (Llanwern) from its inception in the early 60s took in imported ore, landed at Newport, and using hopper wagons. . Consideration had been given to building a further batch of the Tyne Dock-Consett side discharge wagons for this ciruit, but for operational reasons this was discounted, and four wheeled hoppers used, initially top and tailed by Cl.37s. . Like Brian above, I have never seen evidence of hoppers and tipplers in a mixed rake and serving the same plant. . But, I learned a long time ago, that not having seen any evidence, doesn't mean it didn't happen, once, maybe twice.
  23. Seems he never shook off that link with firearms.
  24. A Merry Christmas all, and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year. . Brian
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