17th October 1981

Branch Line Society
The Red Dragon

DMU Used 51588+59588+51579

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Cardiff Central - Barry - Bridgend - Water St Jn - Margam Sorting Sidings - Abbey Works East Jn - Margam Yard Jn - Briton Ferry
as listed Briton Ferry - Baglan Jn - Baglan Bay (3)
as listed Baglan Bay - Briton Ferry (4) - Court Sart Jn - Felin Fran - Clydach-on-Tawe (5)
as listed Clydach-on-Tawe - Felin Fran
as listed Felin Fran - Hendy Jn - Abernant Jn - Abernant Colliery
as listed Abernant Colliery - Abernant Jn
as listed Abernant Jn - Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen
as listed Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen - Hendy Jn - Felin Fran - Briton Ferry Up Flying Loop Jn - Port Talbot - Margam Moors West- Margam Moors Yard - Newlands Loop - Tondu - Blaengarw (6)
as listed Blaengarw - Tondu
as listed Tondu - Nantymoel
as listed Nantymoel - Tondu - Bridgend - Barry - Cardiff Central

Notes :
(1) Routed via Vale of Glamorgan line due to engineering work on main line.
(2) DMU utilised was not the expected high-density unit.
(3) About one coach length short BP Chemicals gate.
(4) Ran through yard.
(5) Short of connections to Mond's Works.
(6) Just into NCB Sidings.

Sources : Richard Szwejkowski (joined/left train at Cardiff), Andy Pullar & Kevin Driscoll

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Kevin Driscoll & Ian Umpleby)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Cardiff Central 10.20d 10.21
2.72 Cogan Jn 10/27 10/27
8.45 Barry 10/39 10/37
14.05 Aberthaw 10/47 11/01
27.75 Bridgend 11.10a ~ 11.11d 11.22 ~ 11.23
?? Water Street Jn 11/23 11/34
39.60 Port Talbot 11/42 11.50 ~ 11.50
43.13 Briton Ferry 11.52 ~ 11.57 11.58 ~ 12.01
43.73 Baglan Bay 12.02 ~ 12.10 12.05 ~ 12.09
44.53 Briton Ferry 12/15 12.14 ~ 12.14
45.20 Court Sart Jn 12/17 ?
46.46 Dynevor Jn 12/19 12/32
47.01 Jersey Marine North 12/20 ?
48.44 Felin Fran 12t26 ~ 12t28 12.39 ~ 12.47
49.74 Clydach-on-Tawe 12.34 ~ 12.40 12.55 ~ 12.57
51.24 Felin Fran 12.46 ~ 12.56 13.03 ~ 13.09
57.69 Grovesend Colliery Loop 13/08 13/22
59.15 Hendy Jn 13/09 ?
64.32 Pantyffynnon 13t20 ~ 13t23 13.37 ~ 13.40
70.29 Abernant Jn 13.42 ~ 13.44 14/05
72.52 Abernant Colliery 13.56 ~ 14.05 14.14 ~ 14.19
74.75 Abernant Jn 14.17 ~ 14.23 14.30 ~ 14.33
75.13 Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen LC 14.27 ~ 14.37 14.35 ~ 14.38
75.31 Abernant Jn 14/41 14.40 ~ 14.41
81.28 Pantyffynnon 14t57 ~ 15t00 15.07 ~ 15.10
86.45 Hendy Jn 15/11 ?
87.71 Grovesend Colliery Loop 15/12 15/22
94.36 Felin Fran 15/24 15/35
96.34 Dynevor Jn 15/30 15/41
?? Briton Ferry Up Flying Loop Jn 15/35 15/45
101.60 Port Talbot 15/39 15.50 ~ 15.51
105.27 Margam Moors Yard 15.44 ~ 15.46 16/00
106.37 Newlands Jn 15/50 16.02 ~ 16.03
112.72 Tondu 16.15 ~ 16.16 16.24 ~ 16.25
113.08 Tondu Ogmore Jn 16.18 ~ 16.19 ?
119.01 Blaengarw 16.32 ~ 16.40 16.48 ~ 16.51
124.74 Tondu Ogmore Jn 17.03 ~ 17.10 ?
131.60 Caedu 17.28 ~ 17.29 17.29 ~ 17.30
133.64 Nantymoel 17.38 ~ 17.46 17.47 ~ 17.54
135.68 Caedu 18.05 ~ 18.06 18/11
142.54 Tondu Ogmore Jn 18.26 ~ 18.27 18.25 ~ 18.25
142.70 Tondu 18/29 18.28 ~ 18.28
145.58 Bridgend 18.38a ~ 18.40d 18.35 ~ 18.37
159.48 Aberthaw 19/01 19/00
165.08 Barry 19/10 19/10
170.61 Cogan Jn 19/23 19/23
173.53 Cardiff Central 19.30a 19.31


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