00 and 00n9, Great Western railway and Industrial narrow gauge, 12 by 3 foot



Following a push pull train

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Great Western Railway, Vale of Twrch Cwm Twrch Henllys Cwmllynfell Brynhenllys

The Twrch is a tributary of the Tawe [Swansea] River and lies on the border between the Brecon Beacons and the 'Valleys' [industrial South Wales]. The valley is a natural route between Swansea & Beacon and has an interesting industrial history. Coal heritage is shown by Twrch Colliery and the Coal Cleaner. General traffic is handled by the goods yard Cwmllynfell is not a block post so is unsignalled, points operated by point leavers in the ground frame hut unlocked by a key on the train staff. The ground frame has Annette’s Key facility allowing a train to be locked into the siding behind the station while other trains pass.


For the back ground to the layout see Industrial archaeology of Cwm Twrch by Dilys Powell.


Following a push pull train towards Aberhonddu (Brecon)


The yard at Cwmllynfell


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Cwmllynfell Station


Cwmllynfell Ground Frame

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The Aberhonddu (Brecon) end of Cwmllynfell


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Christopher James & R C Aubrey Foundries Ltd.
inspection covers, grates, ornaments, & radiators.

Cwmllynfell Colliery Company, Twrch Colliery

The Goods Yard

At the back is a firm of coal cleaners. Coal mining extracts coal mixed with rock such as shale. Historically the mix of coal and rock was picked over by hand to separate the valuable coal from the unwanted rock and the rock was then dumped on a pit heap. Hand picking was inefficient and a lot of small coal (under 30mm) ended up in the pit heap. Modern coal cleaners use the differential in specific gravity to separate coal and rock. After their development it was realised that small coal could be obtained by digging up pit heaps and running them through a modern coal cleaner. Small coal is used for industrial purposes such as in brick and cement making.

On the left is C & G Ayres Ltd are a removal firm based in Reading who will be suppressed to find they had a branch in Wales 

At the front is a siding dealing with mileage traffic, general goods at the goods shed and coal. Mileage traffic was loaded and unloaded by customers rather than railway staff and the railways charged for the distance the goods travelled so much per mile hence the name.

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Track Plan

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