Nantmawr and Llynclys
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2016
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
11 September 2016
It’s Heritage Open Day today - we’re off to
the Tanat Valley Railway at Nantmawr for
their only public trains this year on that
remarkable last remnant of the Potteries
Shrewsbury and North Wales Railway. We’re
also there to see the incredible collection of
monorail equipment which has very recently
been moved from private storage at Blaenau
There are now more than 100 locomotives at Nantmawr, almost
all built by Road Machines and their successors Metalair between
1952 and 1973. They’re barely recognisable as railway
locomotives, with their two central carrying wheels well hidden.
Stability on the track is provided by small horizontal guide
wheels which bear against the lower edge of the track sections.
The track is an A-section, in roughly 6’ lengths (I didn’t measure
them), both straights and curves - a bit like giant Hornby.
Adjustable support legs at each end allow track to be laid
quickly across rough terrain - the idea being a railway which can
be set up for a specific job and taken away quickly afterwards.
Whilst much of the rolling stock is “unrestored”, the Tanat Valley
people hope to have a usable working monorailway in months. As
well as the i/c-powered locomotives, there is a steam
locomotive “Monoloco” - “we could have that working within 12
On the standard gauge, a new platform further along the line is
nearing completion - when in use, it will enable a longer run for
trains on this little line. Beyond the platform, the tracks
converge in the undergrowth, ending just beyond a fence - truly,
the end of the “Potts”.
We take a ride on the 2-car DMU, have tea and cake in the
buffet car, make a donation to funds (the ride is free on Heritage
Open Day), and head for home via Llynclys and the Cambrian
Heritage Railway, for another short DMU
ride. There’s no shortage of fun along
Shropshire’s Welsh border...
Tanat Valley Railway
Cambrian Heritage Railways
Video: two DMU rides - the
leading cab at Nantmawr, as
we run back up to the visitor
centre, and the trailing cab on
the Cambrian line between
Pen-y-Garreg Halt and Llynclys