Penarth pleasure boat operator, photographer and rail enthusiast Ben Salter is now allowing frustrated commuters – held up on the increasingly congested roads between Sully and Penarth – what the trip might have been like if only we hadn’t torn up the railway track linking the two communities.
Using an advanced digital rail simulator Ben’s placed viewers in the driver’s seat of a diesel train making the now impossible rail-trip from Penarth to Sully (via Lavernock) on a snowy winter’s morning.
The train – an “old DMU”sets out from “Penarth carriage sidings” . The topography is based on 1920’s maps – so there’s a big cement works where Cosmeston Country park is now.
Ben says the actual rolling stock is mostly 1960s – but he has incorporated steam train on the twin tracks between Penarth and Sully .
So far the 9 minute long simulated journey is a work in progress – there’s still a lot to do on the simulation
But there’s one authentic feature that even today’s rail commuters will recognise ; the train – just like Arriva Trains often do these days – just goes straight through some stations without stopping – leaving passengers standing and wondering when the next one will come .
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