Trains and Railway Miscellany
South Wales Railways
Steam appears in small print on this brochure for services on the South Wales main line.
South Wales Excursions
Cheap rate excursions to some of the lesser known resorts on the South Wales Coast.
Lavernock, Swanbridge and Sully were seaside halts on the Taff Vale Railway Cadoxton branch. This coastal line ran between Penarth and Biglis Junction just to the east of Cadoxton before falling victim to the Beeching axe in the late 1960's.
After leaving Penarth, heading west, trains would pass Alberta Place halt then the site of lower Penarth Station, and the Blue Circle Cement works before arriving at Lavernock. The cement works had an extensive network of sidings and also a narrow gauge railway line which connected the works with the quarries at Cosmeston
Lavernock station was a good walk from the (rocky) beach but when you finally got to it, while your parents were having a drink in the Golden Hind pub, there were the world war two bunkers on the headland to explore. These were the remains of Lavernock Fort which was a searchlight and artillery post and formed part of the Bristol Channel defences. Lavernock point was also the site of Marconi's first transmission over water to Flat Holm Island.
Next stop was Swanbridge for Sully beach. Another good walk along a country lane bought you to Swanbridge where, apart from another seaside pub, there was (and still is) a causeway to walk across to Sully Island.
Work as a Film Extra - You can earn £50-100 a day and more working as a film or tv extra or background performer/artist.
Extra payments for using firearms, wearing uniform etc. It's not as glamorous as it sounds and you're unlikely to get rich but it can make for an interesting couple of days and you might get to see your favourite stars up close.
Many re-enactors of everything from the Civil War to World War 2 have appeared in films.
You'll need to supply good quality head and shoulders and full-length photographs, a short CV plus full details of height, weight, and all your clothes sizes.
Lines of dusty steam engines stored and ready for use after the apocalypse! Find out about the hundreds of UK steam locomotives kept in storage since the sixties in case the Nuclear balloon went up. After the Soviet ICBM's had finished dropping their estimated total of 2000 Megatons TNT equivalent, a battered but uncowed Britain could emerge victorious from the fallout in the shape of Thomas the tank engine pulling a trainload of ministry of supply corned beef...
Can you still buy a 50 dollar jeep in a case?