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172 1970s Cheltenham

172 1970s Cheltenham

Working the 4S88 freightliner at Cheltenham. The train has just come out of the station under the Gloucester Road bridge heading north with the headshunt of Alstone sidings on the left. Estimated Date. David J. Hayes adds 4S88 was the Cardiff (Pengam) to Edinburgh (Portobello) Freightliner, which called at Dudley and Newcastle (Follingsby) Freightliner terminals. This service and its return counterpart (4V73) were two of the few freights to actually traverse the entire route from Abbotswood Junction to Wichnor Junction (and vice versa) via Dudley during the 1970s, as most freight traffic using this axis either started or terminated at Bescot Yard or at one of the many freight terminals and industrial locations then still to be found in the Black Country region. With the exception of Cardiff, the aforementioned Freightliner terminals at Dudley, Edinburgh and Newcastle all closed in 1986/87. Cardiff was replaced by a new container terminal at Wentloog in 2001.