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78003 1950s Barmouth

78003 1950s Barmouth

Recorded as an Up train but it is heading towards Pwllheli so this is incorrect as a box diagram shows this as Down, unless of course it changed at some time? It's difficult sometimes to decide which is up and which is down on the former Cambrian system , but that is Barmouth Bay in the right background 78003 is heading towards Pwllehi from the south , so would , I suppose , constitute a Down working , heading westwards! Standard classes came to the Cambrian as older classes ended their working lives from 1953 or so , with 78003 and her sister 78002 being allocated to Portmadoc from being newly built at Darlington that year .Whilst the cab layout was to find favour with the footplatemen , with its protective design of tender , these Standard Class two's were regarded as lacking sufficient power for the tasks demanded of them on the Cambrian and were replaced by Swindon built Standard Class Three's , but hey suffered from having a limited water capacity so had restricted use , being in turn being replaced by the larger 82000 class . A wet and misty day but lots of interest in this view over Barmouth station , the town itself being on the left and built into the high ground and hillside which runs down into Barmouth Bay on the right . Barmouth South signal box seen here was the smaller of the two ' boxes at Barmouth , both this one and Barmouth North Box on the far end of the station dating back to 1890 and both being enlarged and extended in 1924 when the station here was improved . The up side bay platform with the locomotive and empty stock in the bay road was known as the Excursion platform and was also a 1924 addition and was used principally by local services and Sunday workings and excursions to the sea side ! This is looking towards Barmouth Bridge so 78003 is certainly on a Down working