Train spotters flock to Penarth station for sighting of special spectacle
5:02pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Penarth news
SPECIAL SPECTACLE: Hordes of train spotters flocked to Penarth station to see the Taff Tug Railtour (Photo: Adam Hughes/Dinas powys Pictures)
RAIL enthusiasts flocked to Penarth at the end of last month, to catch a glimpse of a special train spectacle.
The curiously named Taffy Tug Railtour was greeted by hordes of spotters.
Such was the turnout that one social media user posted: “Penarth station hasn’t been so busy in decades!”
They were there to see an unusual train, made up of old style diesel locomotives at the front and the back, with refurbished chocolate and cream coloured carriages more normally seen on the Torbay Express sandwiched between them.
The train arrived at 2pm and stayed for around 20 minutes, as organised by Pathfinder, before departing on a tour of the South Wales coalfields.
On board was train buff Alison Baker.
She said: “It was a rare opportunity for the people of Penarth to enjoy a special spectacle in their own back yard.
“It was superb.”
Rail tours are becoming more popular.
The Retro Railtour was seen passing Cogan station earlier this year.
Further details of the Taffy Tug tour can be found at www.pathfindertours.co.uk/