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Going back in time to the days of the original Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway .

The miniature railway was named the "Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway" between 2000 - 2012. Then a new name was adopted "ThornePark Railway" with a new website with that name and a new Domain name. The link is provided above. A new page has been added to the From the Digital Archives in addition to the original page. Already the extra new page is nearly full so a further archives page will be added next time.

7th June 2009 a very busy train service with me (left) with my birthday cake and a special card for the occasion.

14th June 2011 some nice warm sunshine for the train service along with visitors relaxing watching the trains in

A Visit to Newport and Cardiff May 2017

The Newport Transporter Bridge

The Newport Transporter Bridge was designed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin. It was built in 1906 and opened by Godfrey Charles Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar on 12th September 1906. The bridge usually operates between Wednesday--Sunday except in severe weather conditions. As well as a working transport link, the bridge is also open as a tourist attraction, visitors can climb the towers and walk across the upper deck for a small charge, but please have head a for heights before embarking on such a mission.  If you can make the climb  the view of the River Usk and the surrounding area is well worth the challenge to climb the 242 feet  (74 metres) structure. There is a similar transport bridge at Middlesborough but this one at Newport has retained its gondola both well worth a visit.

Whatever you do please ensure you take your camera, I phone etc or film. The walk along the gantry is spectacular. Power was once obtained from wires very similar to those found on trolleybus and tramway systems. At Newport the original motors are DC operated.   

A comparison of the Newport gondola (left)  and that at Middlesborough that was replaced in 2013. The view on the right above shows the Tees Transporter Bridge. Both of these historic structures are well worth a visit.   For a list of other such bridges visit  the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge website

Platform "0" Cardiff Central Station

A new platform was opened at Cardiff  Central Station that is being mainly used for major events and Central Trains services towards Gloucester etc.  The choice of calling it Platform 0 follows a recent similar naming as at Doncaster, Stockport as the need for more extensions to additional platform access is required.

In complete contrast to the rest of the station signage and design reflects more modern times. In the early 1840s the South Wales Railway was trying to find a suitable site for a railway station, but the area that is now Cardiff Central railway station was prone to flooding. It was Isambard Kingdom Brunel's solution to divert the River Taff to the west, creating a larger and safer site for the station. The initial part of the South Wales Railway between Chepstow and Swansea through Cardiff was opened on 18 June 1850, with all trains operated by the Great Western Railway (GWR) under a lease agreement. Between 1932 and 1934, the GWR replaced the original station building (also designed by their architects department under their chief architect Percy Emerson Culverhouse) with an impressive new Art Deco building faced in Portland stone, enclosing including a booking hall with noted Art Deco light fittings, all topped by a clock cupola. The Great Western Railway has its full name carved onto the façade (larger than the name of the station). As a result of representations by the GWR, a nearby working-class district, Temperance Town, was cleared during the late 1930s in order to improve the outlook of the rebuilt station.

A journey to Barry Island station. 

Barry Island railway station is a railway station, 9¼ miles (15 km) south-west of Cardiff Central, serving Barry Island (Welsh: Ynys y Barri) in South Wales. The station has been the terminus - and only remaining active station at the end of the Barry branch of the Cardiff Central to Barry Island line since the closure of Barry Pier station in 1976.  Passenger services, operated by Arriva Trains Wales as part of the Valley Lines network, currently use the first half of platform 1.

Sadly the station and the tracks are much reduced a shadow of their former selves. Disused platforms, signal gantries and tracks can only reflect  a means of transport that served  this very popular holiday location.

The peak years for passenger numbers at Barry Island were in the 1920s and 1930s. From 1924 on most peak-time August Bank Holiday Mondays between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors arrived at the Island and mostly by train.

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