South Wales Railtours
Growing up in South Wales we only had the one Thumper Tour in 1985 so I thought I would do a section showing other tours I managed to see in the area, we have an article about this tour click Here
The Cymru Collier came to my old home town of Treherbert on May 29th 1988.
Its was hauled by 2 Class 31's 31155 & 31118 with 37694 on the rear.
I knew the staff based there so they allowed me to be in a safe option as the train came in so it made a change to se such machines from ground level
April 4th 1992 saw the Hoovering Druid come to Cardiff.
This was one of the farewell tours for the 50's and Consisted of 50033 Leading in NSE Livery and 50050 which was recently restored to original Blue livery carrying the number D400 and at the back end of the train was 37212.
The tour originated at Manchester and visited various branches in South Wales
The has been many more tours in the area over the years, and I know I have more pics somewhere .
I decided not to go into the details of each tour like I have for the thumper tours but I get most of my data from The Six Bells Juction website, it is an excellent recourse and well worth a look
Words and Images by Amy Adams
May 23rd 1987 saw Class 40 D 200 come tot he area on the Gwent Valley Explorer, It came from Crewe and visited Ebbw Vale and headed through Cardiff to Barry, It is seen here heading east at Rumney between Cardiff and Newport
October 11th 1986 saw the Red Dragon come down from Crewe and visited the Colliery Branches in South Wales.
I didn't know about this and caught it by chance with 37697 passing through Cardiff central on the way from Nantgarw