Rail buffs may find there’s no need to dig that old Hornby model railway out of the loft to have some fun this Christmas – because well-known Penarth pleasure boat operator, photographer, historian and rail enthusiast Ben Salter has just released (as of last night) another of his evocative video simulations on YouTube.
His latest epic is a now-impossible-to-make train journey from Cadoxton, Barry to Penarth via Sully .
As Penarth’s local rail services are closed over Christmas this is the only train which actually will be running – and will turn up when passengers want it to.
Anyone planning to take a post-Christmas-lunch walk along the Railway Path tomorrow or Boxing Day would be well advised to view the video first to get their bearings .
The train (it’s a diesel, but there are a few steam engines to be glimpsed here and there) takes passengers on a “summer evening” from Cadoxton to Penarth. The passengers travel through Swanbridge, Lavernock , Lower Penarth, and so on – but doesn’t actually stop at all these halts.
Purists might quibble at the small orchestra which Ben has managed to squeeze into the driver’s cab this time, but Penarth natives will enjoy the sight of Cosmeston – back in the day when the Country Park was a smoky cement works, and a driver’s-eye-view of Sully Terrace when the Railway Path really was a railway.
To view the video just press the arrow symbol on the screen below
The YouTube address for Ben’s Cadoxton to Penarth Video simulation is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V34j8LXQs3M