Miller Argent - Cwmbargoed Disposal Point, 2008

 
Wednesday 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 Power Station.

This 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.

A 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.

Cwmbargoed 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.

Shown below are some images of the first train being loaded together with some images from the past of Class 37's operating the train.

 
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66078 + 21 HTA's Being Loaded At Cwmbargoed Disposal Point
HTA Being Loaded
HTA Being Loaded
66078 + 21 HTA's Being Loaded At Cwmbargoed Disposal Point
         
HTA Being Loaded
HTA Being Loaded
 
 
Last Updated, 14/04/19