Latest news of the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway
We received a new item of rolling stock at Cynheidre on the 24th June 2014. Ruston and Hornsby built 0-4-0DM 48DS no. 200793 of 1941 vintage arrived from the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, where it had been since 2007. The working career of this interesting shunter comprises of Southall Gasworks and then Corus Cogifer near Scunthorpe. It has also spent time in preservation at the Swansea Vale Railway before moving to the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway. The shunter is operational and will be a useful locomotive for light shunting purposes.
After a lot of anticipation and discussion we are delighted to announce that our first Car Boot Sale of 2014 will be this coming Sunday 27th April 2014 and every week thereafter until the end of November. Please remember that members receive a £1 a week discount, so consider joining.
Our pricing structure is as follows: -
- Cars and Vans (height restriction applies) - £6 per space (actually 1.5 spaces) and £9 for 3 spaces.
There is no entry fee for buyers and free parking is available for buyers.
We hope to see you all there on Sunday!
Our Car boot sales for 2013 have now ended. Many thanks to all for your support this year. At present we do not know whether the sales will return in 2014 as we will need to discuss this with Carmarthenshire County Council in the new year. Please keep an eye on our dedicated webpage for updates. Until then we hope you all have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year and hopefully we will see you all again in 2014.
Good restoration progress is being make on our BR brakevan. Our current concentration is on renewing woodwork where it has rotted, including replacing the pillars that hold the verandahs. The frames have been cleaned down and repainted and new steps have been sourced for both sides. The lamp irons have also been removed for refurbishment whilst the wood for the side panels are being acquired.
The probation service have again been regularly finding our site useful as part of the rehabilitation programmes with work including recovering buried track to north of site. This track was formerly part of the sorting sidings After uncovering the sleepers have been recovered and chairs removed.
Following completion of the trackwork into the steam locomotive shed work is now being concentrated on the area to the rear of the shed to provide an additional siding.
Due to our current volunteer resources we have decided to temporarily halt the main work on our Class 122 DMU in order to concetrate on the restoration of the BR brake van and improvement of the trackwork.
Our Sentinel shunter has recently received a full service in preparation for the winter months.
The Vale of Neath Railway members have recently been applying paint and touching up their Avonside steam locomtive 'Sir John' recently in preparation for moving onto a ready made plinth in the future car park area. The plinth consisting of a short panel of track was constructed over the past few months.
One of our GWR 1880's wooden coach bodies has been receiving some internal TLC in recent months.
June-August 2013 news
On 30th June we enjoyed a very fruitful day at the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway where we collected a wide range of spares for our Sentinel shunter from a sister locomotive.
We invited the Llanelli Photographic Society to the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway at Cynheidre for a photoshoot and on the 3rd July they kindly visited our site.
On 16th July we welcomed a group from the Peer Mentoring scheme to Cynheidre and provided them with brushes and paint to give our platform fencing a much needed coating and apply preservative to our sleepers. Many thanks to the hard workers for braving the heat.
On Saturday 17th August we had an information stand at the Llanelli Festival, Selwyn Samuel Centre which created a lot of interest in our project. Thanks to organisers for a great day!
The laying of track leading into our future steam locomotive shed has now been completed.
As part of research for future funding applications, please could we ask you to spend a few minutes to complete our online survey which can be found and completed by clicking here: http://t.co/bjLqin5WG5
We held an information stall at Five Roads community hall on Friday 14th June thanks to a kind invitation from the Five Roads Heritage Society for the launch of their new book; Our Living Heritage: A History of Five Roads, Horeb and Cynheidre. See and click on the photos below of the event:
The new roller shutter door has now been installed at the north end of our main shed, meaning road 1 is now closed at both the north and south ends. This completes the initial part of our development of the shed area. We now also have a fully functional water connection to the site which will aid our facilities massively. One of the ongoing projects is the provision of connection to the national grid and this is ongoing with the timescale pending a current grant application.
Our BR brakevan is undergoing a clean and general tidy up following arrival at the railway. We envisage that there will be several panels of wood in need of replacement as well as work to the running boards. A repaint will then follow in due course. Our Sentinel diesel shunter is currently having the vacuum brake equipment assessed with a view to restoring the system to enable us to run a basic passenger service in 2014 consiting of the Sentinel and the brakevan. To carry this our we will need as many extra hands as we can muster; could you spare a day or two a month to help us out? If you can please let us know.
We are also actively seeking giving a home to another operational diesel locomotive fitted with working vacuum braking to join our fleet to form part of our passenger stock for 2014 to work alongside our Sentinel shunter. Are you or anyone you know looking for a home for such a loco that could join us? Please contact us if you can help by emailing operations(at)llanellirailway.co.uk
Car boot sales
Our car boot sales at Murray Street Multi-Storey car park, Llanelli for 2013 are going strong and are currently providing a steady income to our cause. We are grateful to all volunteer stewards, sellers and buyers for the continued support which they provide to us.
April 2013 news
We can now confirm the start date of our 2013 round of Carboot sales at Murray Street Multi-storey as being Sunday 28th April 2013. Please see our Carboot sale section for full details.
We have taken delivery of a new item of rolling stock with LNER BR brakevan arriving from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton Road and was purchased from our sister railway the Garw Valley Railway, Pontycymmer. This van is no stranger to heritage railways in South Wales having been an important member of the Vale of Glamorgan rolling stock up until 2009. It has some woodwork to replace but overall it is in excellent condition. We will now look to the provision of brakevan rides in the future using our 0-4-0DH Sentinel once restoration is complete and preparation of the site is to a high enough standard to allow public opening.
Our Class 117 DMU has now left Cynheidre after a private sale and has moved to Peak Rail.
Rails have now been laid into the steam loco shed, but has not yet been connected to the spur to link it with the rest of our track.
Class 107 SC52019 has now been moved inside to the main shed where restoration work can now begin.
February 2013 news
Rolling stock for sale
Following a review of our rolling stock requirements as well as potential infrastructure improvements we have decided that our Class 117 2-car DMU set is to be made available for sale with immediate effect. One of the main reasons for the sale is to allow our limited volunteer workforce to concentrate on the restoration of our Class 122 and Class 107 DMUs. The extra space on our site would also allow us to bring the Class 107 in from the elements and provide shelter to allow restoration to begin. In addition to this, the extra space would also allow us to install a roller shutter door at the northern end of our stock shed to provide extra security to our site. It should be noted that it is not planned to sell the unit for scrap if there is no suitable interest from the preservation sector as this would clearly go against our aims as a preservation venture.
SALE DETAILS: - The 117 unit is being sold as complete. We highly recommend viewing of the unit. The sale is being co-ordinated through Bob of Car Services Rolling Stock agents. Any interested parties should contact Bob at the first instance via the link on the Car Services website
Other site news
Restoration of Class 122 no. 55019 is continuing well with all internal partitions now removed. We have also successfully managed to start both engines on the unit. Work has now also started on the internal ceiling restoration as well as some external bodywork attention.
Work has begun to continue the existing rail connection from our current unloading pad into the steam locomotive shed. It is envisaged that this work should be completed in the next few weeks.
December 2012 news
Our Car Boot sales for 2012 have now ended. We are grateful to Carmarthenshire County Council for allowing this popular event to continue in 2013 to help our project financially. Bootsales will resume as of April 28th 2013 and further information regarding these sales will be released closer to the date. Please keep an eye on both this page and the Llanelli Star newspaper for bootsale information. No more details are available at this stage.
November 2012 news
Our Murray Street car boot sales will continue until 2nd December 2012. We are waiting to hear from the council as to whether any further dates in 2012 will be possible.
October 2012 progress report
We have a few recent items of news to report from the last few months.
Car boot sales - update
Following a large amount of recent messages regarding our car boot sales it has become apparent that some forums and websites are not supplying accurate information on our events with incorrect prices and dates for the sales. We should make it clear that the bootsales are ongoing with no firm end date for the year and we will be in a position to confirm the end date soon (but they will continue until at least the start of December). Also, our pricing structure has not changed. We still charge £6 per space and £9 for 3. Anywhere suggesting otherwise is incorrect and misleading.
Those wishing to know what is happening to the boot sales should only check our dedicated car boot sales page on this website, our one and only official website for all things LMMR. We hope this clears up any confusion.
Station area fencing
The construction of fencing has now been completed around the station area. This includes the placement of four level crossing gates (two for our running line and two for the locomotive shed). This is part of the start of our segregating the public and non-public areas of the site in readiness for running days. The impressive work carried out is illustrated below (click on image to enlarge).
The start of restoration to Class 122 no. 55019 has begun and excellent progress is being made by our dedicated volunteer workforce. So far we have managed to almost clear the unit internally, which has included removing some tricky modifed panelling as well as a rather heavy generator, which was previously used to power the sandite equipment. The window adjacent to where the generator was housed has had the glass and window frame surround removed when originally modified and a grill placed inside so this will be an area of concentration for the next few weeks. Pictures of the progress made so far can be seen below (click to enlarge).
In other stock news our Class 117 DMS no. 51396 has also been receiving attention to several door frames and treated with red oxide to preserve the areas.
55019 arrives at Cynheidre 23/07/2012
Further to our release just over a week ago below about our new item of rolling stock Class 122 no. 55019, we have now received the unit as planned from Tyseley. The move went without any hitches and our new acquisition is now stored safely inside our shed at Cynheidre. For photos and a video of the move yesterday, please see below and click to enlarge.
Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway - New rolling stock announcement 16/07/2012
We can today announce that we will soon take delivery of another DMU vehicle in the form of Class 122 no. 55019 (960015/975042). This has been acquired by The Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway from Chiltern Railways. We must express out thanks and appreciation to Chiltern Railways for the assistance which they have given to us during this process and for the enthusiastic support they continue to give our project.
The unit will be delivered to Cynheidre by Allelys Heavy Haulage from Tyseley on Monday 23rd July 2012, hopefully early to late afternoon. Understandably, due to the rail and lorry movements on site we will not be able to permit visitors onto our site during the manoeuvres but all will be available to see from the nearby cycle path as well as the main road bridge for those wishing to view the moves. It is planned to place the unit into the platform at Cynheidre after delivery for some photographs to be taken. This will more than likely be the last opportunity to see the unit in the yellow Network Rail livery it currently carries as it will then be out of sight for the foreseeable future inside the shed at Cynheidre for full internal and external restoration. It is also hoped that (pending several tasks to be undertaken on the unit) it will move under its own power on this day, although this is subject to circumstances on the day. Sentinel 0-4-0DH no. 10222 will be on hand to shunt the unit if she cannot move under her own power.
Built in 1958, this unit spent the first part of her career as a Midland Region passenger unit, being based at Tyseley but she also had a brief spell on the Western Region at Cardiff Canton. Affectionately known as 'Bubble cars' these single units were ideal for branch line services. This particular unit though was to spend only 12 years in passenger service before becoming a departmental vehicle, gaining the number ADB975042 and became a route learning unit. The latter part of her career saw her become a Railtrack and then a Network Rail sandite unit, used to spray a sticky paste to rails to assist trains with rail adhesion during times of high leaf fall. It fell out of use with Network Rail in 2007 and was stored at the Chiltern Railways fleet base at Aylesbury in a stored serviceable state, during which time it passed into the ownership of Chiltern Railways. It remained here until September 2011 when it was moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works pending developments.
It is planned that the unit is to be completely renovated internally and externally and will be one of our principle passenger carrying vehicles. The unit was heavily modified internally during her time as a departmental vehicle and therefore presents itself to us as a blank canvas and allows a large amount of flexibility in what we are able to do with it. Where possible it will be returned to an original state. We will also make it wheelchair accessible to comply with modern requirements. The external condition of the unit is excellent, with only a small amount of remedial bodywork required. It has not yet been decided what livery the unit will be painted into, but BR Green with speed whiskers is the most likely.
If you have any pictures or videos of this unit that you would be happy to have displayed on our photo gallery then please contact us.
Quick Update 01/06/2012
Our car boot sales still continue at Murray Street Car Park, Llanelli every Sunday, check our Carboot Sale section for details.
New fencing has been erected along the cycle way as the old fencing was becoming increasingly tired over timOur Sentinel shunter no. 10222 has had work done to the air systems which have recitfied gear and direction change issues thanks to sterling work from Colin and Terry of the Sentinel shunter group on the East Somerset Railway. We express our thanks to them for the effort to recitify these issues.
We recently visited the Midland Railway Centre, Swanwick where we picked up some valuable Class 117 DMU parts which will stand us in good stead for the future should we experience problems. Despite the heat it was a very worthwhile trip.
New site arrivals 16/04/2012
As part of our continued partnership with the Vale of Neath Railway we have received two new pieces of rolling stock to add to our collection. These include a DS88 0-4-0 diesel shunter and a 4-wheel GWR 'bloater' Fish Van. Click images for a larger view.
Videos of the move are available to view below. Many thanks to member Bob Masterman for providing us with the first video.
These arrivals coincide with the departure of the Mk.1 BSK that was being stored at the site which has now departed for the north of England.
Our new storage siding has also been laid to the former weighbridge, allowing valuable siding space and also forms the first part of our run-around. The work carried out can be seen below.
10222 Sentinel Naming Ceremony 29/10/2011
A fantastic day was had at Cynheidre on Saturday 29th October 2011 as our Sentinel diesel shunter, 0-4-0DH 10222 was named Peter J Griffiths at Cynheidre Station platform by Councillor for the Glyn Ward Mr. Jim Jones.
Peter Griffiths was born in 1942 in Cynheidre, and lived in a house overlooking the mine. He was educated at Five Roads CP, Llandovery College, and Lincoln College, Oxford. He and his family emigrated to Denver, Colorado in 1972 as an investment counsellor but during the past several years he and his wife, Yvonne, have renewed their links with Wales.This has been evidenced by his very real interest and practical support of our project. He is also author of ‘Tongue Tied’ a book he wrote ‘to entertain, but also to glorify Wales, its people and its language’. This is published by Y Lolfa, Talybont (ISBN 9781847710970). Signed copies of the book are available to order for £9.95 directly
from the LMMR by emailing us.
Dignatories and special guests present were: - - Member of Parliament for Llanelli Nia Griffith.
- Llanelli Town Council Mayor Councillor Mrs. Linda Steadman and Deputy Mayor
- Mr. Hubert Hitchman.
- Llanelli Rural Community Concil Mayor Councillor Mrs. Sue Lewis and her consort
- Mr. Ray Thorne and Deputy Mayor Mrs. Tegwen Devichand.
- Councillor Jim Jones and Councillor Carol Rees.
- Carmarthenshire County Council Councillor Chairman and Consort Councillor Mr.
- Ivor Jackson and Mrs. Jackson.
- Mr. Alun Taylor of Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The loco did the ceremony proud, having now been painted into full Hanson Aggregates colours by members Rob Morris and Brian Hardy (with the painting materials donated to the company by Hanson). It is also now complete with the Hanson Aggregates corporate logo. A lot of time and effort went into making the event a success (and the rain failed to dampen spirits). Following the naming a light buffet was provided in the MK.2 buffet car.
The event was well attended by members (who had been cordially invited by post several weeks ago).
In addition to all that attended the event we would also like to thank Arriva Trains Wales for providing a replacement window for our MK.2 buffet car.
A video of the naming ceremony is available to view in our video section of this website which was excellently put together by member Bob Masterman, who himself kindly assisted with the application of the rather fiddly Hanson Aggregates logo!
We hope to hold further events in the new year and this was a good test of our ability, commitment and resources to carry such an event out.