78xxx 1957-07 Barmouth
On a fascinating mixed train made up of an ex-Southern Railway brake van, a rake of three coaches of ex-GWR Collett origin, a four-wheeled ex 5-compartment GWR Diag. S9, coach (departmental use) and lastly a Diagram 1661, ex LMS unfitted cattle wagon. The LMS built 2,050 of these wagons between 1923 and 1926. They lasted in use until the early 1960’s. Peter Kerslake adds A splendid shot, full of interest, not only for the variety of stock behind the locomotive but also for the landscape .To the left are the remains of the original Borthwen or Orieltan viaduct, reduced to three spans in the 1920s and by the amount of debris on the embankment to its right it appears that some recent work has been carried out. The lifeboat slipway with its archway to the former lifeboat station is below the leading van in the formation, and the opening sections of the main swing bridge on the extreme right are situated where even at low tide there is some fifty feet of deep water available for passing vessels. It is possible to walk the length of the Bridge by means of a footpath running alonside the track starting from Panorama Walk, its downward steeply sloping path just visible on the left.