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I visited Mountain Ash three times and never saw the pannier tank 7754 in use. Nor have I ever seen a photograph of it working there. Was it ever used?

 

'NCB No.8' in Mountain Ash Shed

 

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Clip of it at 1:45 in this vid:

 

 

(not my video, I typed 'NCB 7754' into YouTube ;) )

 

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12 hours ago, montyburns56 said:

 

There's an article on it's last few years in the MDRS Magazine

 

http://www.mdrs.org.uk/documents/donkey131.pdf

 

 

Thanks for that, I'll look at that later, it looks an interesting read :)

Steve.

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Bersham Colliery

 

1979

 

Peckett 1935 at Bersham

 

1978

 

"HORNET" Bersham Colliery 1978

 

1981. The caption says that Hornet was taken out of use early in 1980.

 

Peckett 1935/1937 'Hornet' @ Bersham April 1981

 

1979

 

s 623

 

1970s

 

Bersham Colliery

 

Undated

 

Bersham Colliery Wrexham HORNET at Bersham Colliery SHAKESPEARE Bersham Colliery SHAKESPEARE, an 0-4-0ST built by Hawthorne Leslie, Works No.3072 of 1914 seen working at Bersham Colliery near Wrexham. The locomotive was scrapped in 1980. The Colliery was closed in 1986.

 

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South Hetton Colliery

 

1973

 

South Hetton's No. 69 on shed NCB 62 at South Hetton Colliery

 

Graig Merthyr Colliery

 

1973

 

IndSt56

 

These shots from 1976 makes the loco look like it's got a Thomas The Tank Engine face!

 

IndSt278 IndSt279

 

1975

 

'Norma' on the Climb

 

Note the L plate in this shot!

 

5923/32-33 Graig Merthyr

 

The caption says that this loco was taken out of use early in 1980.

 

5923/56-57 Graig Merthyr

 

1975

 

 

Coal from Graig Merthyr

 

5923/28-29 Graig Merthyr

 

There's also an article about the last few years of steam at Graig Merthyr here

 

https://www.heritagerailway.co.uk/2833/from-our-archive-the-last-beasts-of-man-craig-merthyr-sadder-with-other-tales-to-tell/

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Great pictures,  interesting some of the locos in last two batches have great western type lamp irons, never noticed them on industrials before 

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On 22/10/2019 at 20:50, Andy Kirkham said:

I visited Mountain Ash three times and never saw the pannier tank 7754 in use. Nor have I ever seen a photograph of it working there. Was it ever used?

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/5783754802/

 

Yes, I went three times as well, and only saw it running once. I seem to remember one of the footplate crew saying it wasn’t a popular loco, and they preferred the saddletank. I was too young to ask why, and to understand any answer!

 

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Interesting toolboxes (if that's what they are) on those Hetton Austerities.

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In light of recent discussion about the aperture in the cab rear, there seems to be some variation in size to investigate. Number 69 has a repair patch welded in, the "L" plated example has a large lamp door but the one captioned "1973" appears smaller.

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On 05/11/2019 at 21:43, Corbs said:

Interesting toolboxes (if that's what they are) on those Hetton Austerities.

I have a vague memory that these are associated with the underfeed stoker and may house small donkey engines used to drive them... However I may be miles wide of the mark on that as I cannot find any reference to them at the moment.

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So I found out this information after a chat about Crossley Evans Scrapyard in Shipley on Facebook. Surely a competitor for last industrial steam user?

 

Crossleys acquired a Barclays 0-4-0ST from the YDR at Embsay in 1975 and named it Harry, it continued to be used until 1982 when it returned to preservation. The company had 5 diesel shunters at one time, 4 built by Rushton & Hornby and 1 by Hunslet. This is Harry shunting the yard in '82, not long before moving away. (a whitaker).

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Also I found this clip of Mountain Ash, Brynlliw and Bersham Collieries in the late 70s.

 

 

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Very nice footage of Brynlliw from 2:12, with a 37-hauled eastbound coal train (and the M4!) in the background.  Brynlliw got much less attention from photographers - published ones at least - than Graig Merthyr, even though it was almost across the road.  Fortunately Peckett 1426 survives (just about) in Swansea.

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Very odd chimney on this one, Monty. Any ideas why?

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20 hours ago, Corbs said:

Very odd chimney on this one, Monty. Any ideas why?

https://live.staticflickr.com/3812/20024846198_4efef64122_b.jpg

 

I know very little about them to be honest, but from a bit of Googling it seems that Hunslet  fitted it with a special Hunslet GPCS stoking system. From Railway Magazine July 2012...

 

"One of the last industrial locations to use steam regularly in Britain was the NCB Coal Products Division’s Smithywood Coking Plant at Chapeltown, near Rotherham, which continued to do so into the 1980s. HE 3888 of 1964 was a rebuild of Hunslet 3192 of 1944, and was photographed on standby duty in front of the coke ovens on March 21,1975, having spent a few days shunting the coke car when the usual electric locomotive was under repair. Notice the characteristic chimney usually fitted as part of the GPCS system."

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23 hours ago, Northmoor said:

Very nice footage of Brynlliw from 2:12, with a 37-hauled eastbound coal train (and the M4!) in the background.  Brynlliw got much less attention from photographers - published ones at least - than Graig Merthyr, even though it was almost across the road.  Fortunately Peckett 1426 survives (just about) in Swansea.

 

Well I have found quite a few pictures of Brynlliw on Flickr and it sees very modelllable with the compact layout and the loading screens???

 

1978

 

Brynlliw, late NCB steam Brynlliw Colliery

 

1974

 

NCB 1426 Brynlliw June 1974 OCT 74R 18. Pecket 0-6-0ST 1426 at Brylliw colliery, September 1974 Brynlliw Colliery, Grovesend, South Wales. Peckett 0-6-0ST 2114 built 1951. BRYNLLIW Brynlliw Colliery

 

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Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham 19/6/1981

 

2502/7 Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham 19/6/1981

 

Cadley Hill Colliery

 

1976

 

s 260

 

1979

 

65, HE2857 Cadley Hill Colliery 26/7/1979

 

Undated

 

Cadley Hill colliery

 

1975

 

Cadley Hill Colliery

 

It looks like this Ruston was a wanna be steam loco!

 

Post steam era, Cadley Hill Colliery.

 

1978

 

Cadley Hill Colliery Cadley Hill Colliery Cadley Hill Colliery

 

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Love those photo's :)

 

Steve

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1 hour ago, montyburns56 said:

 

Well I have found quite a few pictures of Brynlliw on Flickr and it sees very modelllable with the compact layout and the loading screens???

 

1978

 

https://flic.kr/p/RKptSA

 

I agree, an excellent prototype for modelling and a wonderful variety of mineral wagons.  Peckett 1426 is a B2 class so Hornby's model is appropriate, but would need the chimney and dome to be modified at least.

 

Again, something in the background of the first shot.  Based on the very high angle of sun it's likely the Paddington - Fishguard Harbour boat train with two blue GUVs behind the 47.  

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11 hours ago, Northmoor said:

I agree, an excellent prototype for modelling and a wonderful variety of mineral wagons.  Peckett 1426 is a B2 class so Hornby's model is appropriate, but would need the chimney and dome to be modified at least.

 

Again, something in the background of the first shot.  Based on the very high angle of sun it's likely the Paddington - Fishguard Harbour boat train with two blue GUVs behind the 47.  

 

One of those Brinlliw pictures is mine. I travelled overnight from Bristol on the 01:10 Bristol-Milford Haven and got a bus from Swansea to Pontardulais. Rail operations on the Graig Merthyr line seemed to over by early afternoon so I walked over to Brynlliw. I don't remember there being much in the way of perimiter fencing and I just strolled in and was invited for a ride on the footplate. Unlike when I tried the same at Blaenavon and was hauled into the manager's office and told off in no uncertain terms.

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