Narrow gauge steam to Torpantau
Brecon Baldwin
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Geoff’s Rail Diaries
29 March 2015
We first visited the Brecon Mountain Railway in April 2002 (see Brecon Mountaineering). The ride on the 2’ gauge line then extended as far as Dolygaer, but track had been laid for the continuation to Torpantau, summit of the former Brecon and Merthyr. We had promised ourselves a return visit when
the extension was open - and on finding ourselves heading north from Cardiff, with time to kill... It wasn’t actually the best of days for our visit. It had rained most of the way down to Cardiff, and though the rain was well past by the time we got to Pant, where the line begins, the cold wind remained strong and gusty. I struggled to hold the camera still, and there might otherwise have been more video... Despite the weather, we had a very enjoyable run behind the big Baldwin pacific (No 2, 61269 of 1930) - the scenery is pleasant, with good views (improved by some timber felling) of the reservoirs below, and the distant skyline formed of the Brecon Beacons. Unlike previous arrangements, it’s now possible to detrain at the run- round point, perhaps 100 yards south of the old station - and in better weather, there could be some good walks - now there’s a thought... Link: Brecon Mountain Railway
"GRAF SCHWERIN-LÖWITZ" in the works, Pant A boiler-less Baldwin She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes Running round at Pant Running round at Pant Arrival at Torpantau Running round at Torpantau "SYBIL" Hunslet 827 of 1903 in Pontsticill museum PENDYFFRYN 1894 De Winton in Pontsticill museum REDSTONE 1905 De Winton replica in Pontsticill museum Ready to leave Pontsticill