Guan Cae Gurwen

Celtic Energy have reopened their rail head at Guan Cae Gurwen after many years, for the movement of coal from East Pit to Onllwyn Washery. EWS brought out the first loaded train consisting of 25 MEA's on Friday 16th January 2009 and these will replace the existing service from Parc Slip when it closes during February 2009. Planning permission dictates that 50% of the output from East Pit must travel by rail. It was also sad to see the remnants of what was once a massive rail operation that constantly used 3 x Class 08 locomotives for its operation.

The coal that is loaded at Guan Cae Gurwen is moved from East Pit to the Loading Pad by road transport.
Disused sidings at Guan Cae Gurwen from the Powell Duffryn days.
Coalfrom East Pit  being off loaded onto the Loading Pad
Coal awaiting to be shovelled into the MEA's
Coal, all shapes and sizes, awaiting shovelling into the MEA's
         
The water bowsersprays water onto the coal in the Loading Pad to prevent coal dust leaving the site
66076 arriving at Guan Cae Gurwen
Margam driver Meurig Lloyd brings the first train to Guan Cae Gurwen
Loading Pad at Guan Cae Gurwen
Buffer stops at the north end of the run round facility
       
66076 is running around its train stabled on the loading pad
Locomotive run round loop
66076 at the loading pad whilst the train is being loaded
Shovel loading the train on the Loading Pad
         
Shovel loading the train on the Loading Pad
Shovel loading the train on the Loading Pad
Shovel loading the train on the Loading Pad
66076 passing over the River Amman at Pontamman
66076 approaching Pantyffynnon
         
      Last Updated, 06/05/18