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30 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

I'm confused, not having previously realised that bananas were mined in South Wales.

When the banana traffic stopped, a lot of the vans found further employment as 'fitted heads'  on coal trains, and on the ore trains from Llanharry to Cardiff.

Bananas were a significant part of the South Wales economy; Welsh band 'Man' even did a tribute:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c_3Licm2KI

 

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1 hour ago, Aire Head said:

 

It's next to the pot noodle mine

In turn, next to the treacle mine!

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I know we've strayed way off topic, but 'yes, I have more bananas !"

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Tadpoles" - ex-Banana vans, bring up the rear of this August, 1972 Llantrisant - Cardiff East Moors iron ore working, behind 6990.

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The location is Pengam Junction (the then Freightliner terminal is out of shot, right) on the eastern outskirts of Cardiff.

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The train worked 'up' the SWML to this point, with the 'fitted head' correctly at the front (head) of the train.

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However, to reach the East Moors steel works ore handling terminal, the train needed to reverse here, with the Cl.37 running around, then heading toward the Cardiff Tidal / Marshalling / Swansea Street complex.

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With the "Tadpoles" at the rear,the train is now unfitted.

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Note the two brake vans, to speed up the running around process.

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Brian R

6990-Pengam Junction-xx0872-mod-1.jpg

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I wonder if when they originally made the yellow banana van models in the 1930s whether they were confusing them with the yellow Blue Circle Cement vans?

 

They were yellow with large blue and white logos.

 

https://hmrs.org.uk/photographs/assoc-portland-cement-sw1-10t-steel-van-177-op-sundon-built-1921-r3l-lettered-blue-circle-portland-cement-with-roundel.html

 

Maybe they took that livery idea and changed it to bananas as it would be more attractive to the general public or possibly had an opportunity to sell them as sponsored advertising?

 

 

Jason

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On 18/02/2020 at 11:06, Compound2632 said:

I'm confused, not having previously realised that bananas were mined in South Wales.

 

On 18/02/2020 at 11:15, Aire Head said:

 

It's next to the pot noodle mine

 

Just along from the treacle wells.

 

Mike.

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On ‎18‎/‎02‎/‎2020 at 10:06, Compound2632 said:

I'm confused, not having previously realised that bananas were mined in South Wales.

 

Me too, for years I had believed that at one time the current commercial cultivar of bananas were all grown under glass in Derbyshire.

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