27th March 1976

Monmouthshire Railway Society
Dare Valley Railtour

DMU Used 6-car set

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Newport - Cardiff Central - Penarth Curve North Jn - Radyr Jn - Pontypridd - Abercynon - Mountain Ash (1) - Aberdare - Hirwaun Pond
as listed Hirwaun Pond - Aberdare - Abercynon - Pontypridd - Radyr Jn - Penarth Curve North Jn - Cardiff Central
as listed Cardiff Central - Pontyclun - Bridgend
as listed Bridgend - Aberthaw - Barry Town - Cogan Jn - Cardiff Central - Newport

Notes :
(1) For visit to NCB Mountain Ash. Train stopped at the former up platform and passengers had to walk to the NCB site. John Thickitt comments that the tour literature carried the following comments: "The Society deeply regrets that it has been informed by the N.C.B. Western Area, that in the interests of safety due to engineering work associated with the installation of a conveyor, it will not now be able to carry the party on its private line. Alternative arrangements have been made for the tour party to visit the N.C.B. works at Mountain Ash where a number of steam engines are overhauled and stabled. One engine will be in steam and at work for the benefit of photographers and sound recordists. In view of the current N.C.B. policy to discourage such visits and DoE restrictions on passenger trains working over freight only lines, the Society is extremely fortunate to be able to offer this tour at all".


From Chris Harley's ticket collection.

Source : John Broderick

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Broderick)

Location Booked Actual
Newport 10.25d 10.25
Cardiff Central 10.40a ~ 10.44d 10.41 ~ 10.44
Penarth Curve North Jn 10/49 ?
Radyr Jn 10/59 10/59
Pontypridd 11/12 11/13
Abercynon 11/30 11/34
Mountain Ash 11.45a ~ 13.15d 11.43 ~ 13.17
Aberdare 13.23a ~ 13.24d 13.29 ~ 13.30
Hirwaun Pond 13.44a ~ 13.50d 13.46 ~ 13.49
Aberdare 14.10a ~ 14.11d 14/06
Abercynon 14/35 14.29 ~ 14.29
Pontypridd 14/43 14.37 ~ 14.38
Radyr Jn 14/56 14/50
Penarth Curve North Jn 15/06 ?
Cardiff Central 15.10a ~ 15.15d 15.02 ~ 15.15
Bridgend 15.38a ~ 15.45d 15.53 ~ 16.01
Aberthaw 16/08 16/23
Barry Town 16/17 16/32
Cogan Jn 16/29 16/42
Cardiff Central 16.37a ~ 16.40d 16.56 ~ ??.??
Newport 16.55a ?


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