9th January 2008 witnessed the first coal train to be loaded
at Miller Argent's Cwmbargoed Disposal Point for many years.
66078 + 21 HTA's arrived some thirty five minutes early
at 0820 hrs, inspite of slipping to a stop on four occassions
during the last mile of its journey. Unlike the past, 66078
pushed its train of empty wagons into Cwmbargoed Disposal
Point from the reception sidindgs. The loaded train (1500
Tons) is then pulled back into the reception sidngs and
66078 ran around its train continue its journey to Aberthaw
new flow of coal is being sponsored by the Ffos-Y-fran land reclamation scheme, where 11 million tonnes of Low
to Mid Volatile Welsh Dry Steam Coal is being extracted
by opencast methods during the next twelve years.
single train is currently operating on Wednesdays, Thursdays
and Fridays, arriving at 0905 hrs and departing at 1250
hrs. It has been arriving one half hour early and finished
loaded by 1045 hrs, so beware! Once production is in full
swing, it is anticipated that upto five trains a day will
run during each working day.
Disposal Point is remotely located several miles east of Merthyr Tydfil and 400 metres above
sea level, providing outstanding photgraphic opportunity
between Ystrad Mynach and Cwmbargoed where the line climbs
200 metres in the last four miles from Bedlinog. There is
only one small track that accesses the railway line between
Bedlinog and Cwmbargoed Disposal Point, at the old Nant-Y-Ffin
Drift Mine. This track is very dangerous to use during the
winter but can be accessed from a normally closed gate located
several hubndred metres south of the main entrance into
the Disposal Point.
below are some images of the first train being loaded together
with some images from the past of Class 37's operating the