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Trains In Or Near Cardiff - Wales - In 1956 ?
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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 01:29 am
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My mom was Welsh.  When I was 5 yrs old (1956) she took me and my brother to England to see our Welsh grandparents who lived in Chester.

We took a trip to Cardiff, where she was born, and recall riding a small/miniature passenger train.

Any ideas what it was?

Also, her sister and her husband lived in London.  We went to see them and after 1 week my mom and brother went back (to Chester) while I stayed another week with my aunt and uncle.

When it came time for me to return my uncle took me and his Cocker Spaniel Juno to the station and put us on the train while he went and got the tickets, when he came back the train was GONE!  He  had put us on a train going to Scotland my mistake.  I was always told it was an express that wasn't suppose to stop.

He got them to radio ahead and had the train stopped and took the "correct" train to get me and take me to my grandparents home.  I was one scared little southern boy, couldn't understand what most of the people were saying (I'm sure they couldn't understand me).

I've always wanted to find out what type of engine pulled that train put never got far in my quest.

Any ideas on this?

To my knowledge, all my relatives are long gone, except a younger cousin and I don't know her married name.

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My google-foo turned this up on Wikipedia... part of the Cambrian Railways system maybe?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambrian_Railways



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If you're on Facebook this might be of interest...

https://www.facebook.com/RememberOldCardiff/photos_stream



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Thanks Dwayne, I'll take a look.

My grandparents ran a hotel called "Badorgan Arms Hotel".  Here's a photo of my mom and aunt in front of the building, probably between 1930-1935:

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Attachment: Mom and Aunt Gwen at Badorgan Arms Hotel circa 1935.jpg (Downloaded 55 times)

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Here's a photo of my aunt and grandmother in 1968.

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Attachment: Grandma and Aunt Gwen at Badorgan Arms Hotel 1968.jpg (Downloaded 55 times)



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Last non-train photo.  Here's me, my brother, and our grandparents in their "backyard in Chester.  At this time they owned a corner store on the block and lived upstairs.

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That's me on the right.

Attachment: Grandma Grandpa Rick and Me 1956068.jpg (Downloaded 55 times)

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have a look here. maybe you'll be able to find a spotter's photo from the Cardiff area.



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The Badorgan Arms Hotel was in Anglesey, an island off the NorthWest coast of Wales and about as far from Cardiff you could be whilst still remaining in Wales.

If you can suspend logic, the possibility exists that you travelled along the coast between Cardiff and Anglesey. If you travelled inside the 'minature' train, then the best suspect is:

The Talyllyn from Tywyn on the coast near Harlech, this was re-opened in 1951 and the other Great Little Trains of Wales were in their infancy of tourist operations.

Other railways on the Welsh coast were the Ffestiniog Railway, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and Vale of Rheidol Railway, only the latter was in regular use in the early 50s.

Hopefuly this answers some questions, if not ask again and I will do my best.



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Thanks guys, great stuff!

I'll have a look thru all my old photos and letters, maybe my mom mentioned it in one of her letters back home to my dad.

About the only thing I can recall is the passenger cars were small, very small. Almost like it was a carnival ride. Almost 60 years have gone by and the old brain isn't as fresh as it use to be.

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If you came down to Cardiff from Chester then your were on more than likely the GWR (otherwise knows as God's Wonderful Railway (!)
There were, as far as I recollect, no miniature railway in Cardiff at that time.
( I was born and brought up there).
As regards the miniature train.....You may well have travelled on one of the Little Trains of Wales as suggested above by another poster.

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