PENARTH TO SULLY – A RIDE ON THE RAILWAY WE RIPPED UP

All aboard: A driver's eye view as the diesel train pulls out of Penarth station heading for Sully.

All aboard: A driver’s eye view as the diesel train pulls out of Penarth station heading for Sully.

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 trundles past the cement works which used to stand where Cosmeston Country Park is today

The train trundles past the cement works which used to stand where Cosmeston Country Park is today

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.

Distinguished  local photographer and pleasure boat operator Ben Salter

Distinguished local photographer and pleasure boat operator Ben Salter

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 .

Press the arrow symbol for a free ride

 

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7 Responses to PENARTH TO SULLY – A RIDE ON THE RAILWAY WE RIPPED UP

  1. AK says:

    I have an old Bartholomew’s map of South Wales, showing the Penarth/Sully railway line and others, no M4, no airport and the suburbs of Cardiff / Barry / Penarth just little villages; Cardiff and Penarth Docks fully open, the Glamorganshire Canal and the like – an amazing historical document.

    As for the video – great work Ben Salter.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, if only………………………………….

  2. sjleworthy says:

    technically speaking, being in the graphics business myself, thats a fantastic bit of computer animation. painstakingly done, especially for a hobbyist.

  3. snoggerdog says:

    well done capn ben,my friends (who i still see at ieast once a week) &i if it was fine weather would catch the train down to lavernock on a sunday & make our way to st marys well bay it was allways packed with girls,very popular at the cusp of the sixties,walking along the there recently,its hard to know why,if you leant hard on the jukebox in the cafe it would play a 45rpm for free,good times.

  4. Ford Prefect says:

    Of course, to be totally accurate it would have a gang of protesting NIMBYs at Sully Terrace complaining that their beloved mud-path had been upgraded and other people had dared inconvenience them but travelling past their houses.

    • Mark says:

      And to be 100 percent spot on, there would need to be a group of smug know-alls putting alleged ‘NIMBYs’ in their place.

  5. Frank Evans says:

    This is shocking. There are sections of track missing. Ben are looking to create another Potters Bar?
    I will report you to BR / Rail track / Network Rail / Offtrack or whoever is in charge these days.

  6. 249ers says:

    Well done , this was a joy to ride. I’m glad Cosmeston Park is prettier than the cement works it replaces.
    Thank you Ben

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