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br2975 last won the day on October 17 2016

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  1. Taxation................ . Bought our first home in 1978 . The interest rate then was 17% . We got by.
  2. It's about 12:15pm on 31st. July, 1965 as we watch 'The Rambling 56" returning to Penrhos Jct. across Walnut Tree Viaduct, Taffs Well after visiting the Steetley Dolomite Works. . The tour was organised by the Swansea Railway Circle and started from Cardiff General at 11:15am and also visited Senghenydd & Dowlais Cae Harris before ending at Newport High St.at 4:56pm. . The loco was 6643 which had been a Llanelli loco. .
  3. Great Central stock in the South Wales Valleys during thwe mid-50s
  4. . The introduction of the 56 Cl.14 D95xx locos could be viewed the same way. . The Western Region had built its last mainline diesel hydraulics, and had built several new diesel depots such as Old Oak Common, Laira, Canton and Landore (to name just some) that could do a lot of the work that would formerly be done at a works such as Swindon. . The region was moving toward diesel electric power (in the shape of Classes 37 and 47), which would be maintained at Crewe and/or Doncaster . Could it be, the building of 56 shunting and trip working may have been in part, a politically inspired management ploy to keep the workforce gainfully employed ?
  5. Good morning Ralf. . Glad to welcome you aboard "Railways in South Wales" . Feel free to ask any questions on our group, I believe the members can help you................. we're a friendly, welcoming bunch;
  6. . The twin grandsons were there also, as members of the 2077 Squadron, RAF Cadets. . I knew they enjoyed it because neither parent(s) nor grandparent(s) received a text or photo all day !
  7. . The Llantrisant / Talbot Green / Pontyclun area has become a popular residential area for commuting into Cardiff, being but 10 miles from the capital. . I moved back to Cardiff in 1979. Showing due respect to one's daughter, (as a commuter) I'd prefer to live in the general Llantrisant area, primarily due to Wales' largest car park being the A470 south of Ponty.
  8. The following links may help you:- Disused, Abandoned & Forgotten railways of South Wales:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/382636661885307 . Railways in South Wales:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481784582093228 . Welsh Railways:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/716647698429320 . Be sure to answer the three simple security questions if applying to join Railways In South Wales, or your application will be 'bounced' - . I know there are a number of images of Brynlliw, and the nearby Graig Merthyr system on that group, taken by local enthusiasts who may be able to provide you with more info. . Brian R
  9. Today was the "Beating of The Bounds" at Llantrisant. . An event held every seven years whereby the Freemen of the Borough lead a large crowd around the borough boundary, stopping at certain points to give young lads 'the bumps' in order that they will rememeber where the boundaries are. . Mrs. "br2975" and I never undertook the full seven mile walk, behind the South Wales Police band, but chose instead to re-visit the three pubs, for the first time since Christmas night 1978 and then the concert on the castle green. . Having lived nearby during 1978/1979 I also returned to the (long closed) local police station to which I had hoped to be posted when I joined South Wales Police in 1979. On my first afternoon in 'the job' I was ushered into the office of the Deputy Chief Constable who handled postings, and who was sat behind an untidy desk, sans tie and wearing an old, unbuttoned cardigan with huge holes in the elbows. Our conversation went as follows..... "Where would you like to go ?" "Llantrisant, Sir" "Don't be so f****ng silly, you have to go to a sub-division, that place is only open from eight to four ! How about Ton Pentre ?" "Where's that Sir ?" "Tonypandy, Treorchy - but being a Cardiff boy you'd no doubt be b*ggered anywhere north of Taffs Well" There was a pause, then he said "I see you're living in Beddau (pronounced locally as 'bather'), so when you drive into Cardiff which way do you go ?" "Sir ?" "Well if you drive down the motorway, I have vacancies in Llanishen" "Well actually, I use the A4119, Llantrisant Road, Sir" "Oh there we are then, there are two vacancies in Ely, that's settled then" . From then on every copper I met asked "what did you do wrong to get Ely ?" . . . For the benefit of a certain pachyderm, the bridge in the one photo is at Cross Inn, and away on the left was Cross Inn station, and Common Branch Junction.
  10. I don't know if you use 'Facebook' ? . There are several groups containing photographs and information on Brynlliw, including the fiollowing; "Railways in South Wales" - placed first because I have a vested interest. "Welsh Railways" "Disused, Abandoned and Forgotten Railways of South Wales" "Industrial Locomotive Enthusiasts Page" . There may be members of these groups who may be able to assist you further.
  11. . Brynlliw was one of the few pits in NCB East / West Wales areas that loaded "Bombers" - BR 24.5 ton mineral wagons. . In the case of Brynlliw the loaded 'Bombers' were despatched mainly to Carmarthen Bay Power Station. . However, 16 tonners (fitted and unfitted), 21 tonners (fitted and unfitted) also appeared at Brynlliw . The predominant wagons to appear in the landale yard were 16 tonners; yet Brynlliw did have some wooden bodied NCB internal users. . NCB lorries were a common sight in and around the Brynlliw landsale yard, and I suspect they may have been used for delivering concessionary coal, which introduces another aspect to your model.. . Brynlliw, as with most other West Wales Area pits, produced anthracite, which burns hotter and cleaner than other Welsh coals, and may not always be suitable for use in locomotives (it burned through the firebars) or for certain domestic uses. . Therefore concessionary coal may also have been delvered to Brynlliw by rail, from other pits in the NCB East Wales area for example. . There was a not inconsiderable movement of concessionary coal around the South Wales area, going from one pit, or washaery, to the landsale yard at another pit. . Coal merchants collecting coal from the landsale yard would unload the 16 tonners by hand, shovelling into bags which would then be weighed and stacked on their lorries. . Coal was delivered by merchants in 1cwt sacks (one hundredweight) to domestic customers. . Many coalmen had scales on the back of their lorries for such a purpose, or on the ground at a yard. . Some of the grades of coal despatched by Brynlliw were known as; "Washed Trebles" "U/T Small" "Stovesse 2" and "Stovesse g2" "Peas 1B" "Stove Nuts" "Grains" . NCB lorries "may" have delivered bulk loads to say, schools, hospitals etc. using tipper lorries, or these deliveries could have been made by contractors / coal factors etc. . Brian R
  12. . Between the former Clare Road tram depot and the railway can just be made out Cardiff West S.B. which was made redundant with the 1966 resignalling, and which was then used for training guards. . As for the Avana Bakery, I used to call there to buy cheap (seconds) walnut sponge cakes.................... However, on a professional basis during the late 80s / early 90s then my partner and I would often park near there of an evening in order to (i) persecute 'kerb crawlers' and (ii) watch the rats from the River Taff scurry back and forth to the bakery (sorry Philou)
  13. For those following "The Johnster's" railway memoirs, I thought this aerial view may assist readers putting some meat on John's bones when he relats to the Penarth Curve area of Cardiff.. . Dated around 1962 we are looking from west to east, with the sidings of Penarth Curve North shown diagonally from bottom left to top right. . The then doomed Canton steam shed is cut off by the right hand border, with Cardiff General station above it, in the distance. . Moving right we see the canton carriage shed, and more modern 2-road DMU extension (white doors with large black circles thereon) . Continuing right we encounter 'Penarth Curve North' signal box which faces the rear of 'The Bob Bank' terrace of Ninian Park with its' famous Captain Morgan Rum advert - ( Morgan being a native of Cardiff ), but more importantly the box oversees the split of (i) the "Up/Down Treforest" - curving left through the carriage sidings to join the Cardiff - Barry & Penarth lines at Penarth Curve East ( nowadays known as 'Radyr Branch Jcn' )at the far end of the carriage shed ( and which today carries City Line trains on their way to Radyr ) (ii) the Penarth Curve which runs between the 'South Sidings' and PCN yard, as it heads for Penarth Curve South Jcn. close to the just visible bridge spanning Virgil Street and Sevenoaks Park (top right hand), and finally (iii) the line dropping to Sloper Road Sidings and Virgil Street coal sidings just visible above the cardiff Corporation Transport, Sloper Road bus depot ( with the northlight roof ) . The GWR style water tower/column at bottom left is at the 'down' (Cardiff) end of the 'up' platform of Ninian Park Halt, and was alongside a siding used mainly to stable locos of football specials, and also the Penarth Curve pilots.. . Grangetown station, and the junction for the Ferry Road Branch is just out of shot on the right border. . On the far side of the Barry / Penarth lines, with two rakes of stock stabled is the area known as Saltmead or Higher Grange
  14. . The South Wales Metro, for one................. much EU dinero pumped in, and then the Welsh, in their infinite wisdom, voted out.
  15. . And on the same day, I'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of my . . . . . . .
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