Every now and then your blogger is allowed out on a little holiday, and this week was one of those occasions. As it happens, PWay activity was restrained last week, too wet for one group, and too hot for another. You just can't get it right.
But even canal boat pictures can have a railway angle, as this one was taken from a disused railway bridge at Talybont on the Mon and Brec canal.
The disused line from Brecon to Merthyr climbed steeply out of Talybont up to the amazing Torpantau tunnel, the highest in Britain. Just beyond it is now the terminus of the Brecon Mountain railway, located in a really wild area.
More interesting railway remains were found further south along the canal at Llanfoist. Here three self acting inclines ran from near a mountain top down to the canal wharf, bringing iron from Blaenavon.
The level section, high up as you can see, was the 3 mile long 2ft gauge Hill's tramroad. It even had a small tunnel, just visible here at the end of the cutting. It was cut into the steep hill side.
This tunnel was built of stone blocks without mortar as early as 1815. That makes it one of the earliest railway tunnels in Britain.
Traction was by horse, which pulled two flangeless wagons along 'L' shaped rails.
An amazing piece of industrial archaeology, but you need to be tough to climb all the way up Blorenge Hill to find it.
There's a great film on YouTube of it going round a bend in a WW1 military convoy:
Check out the driver heaving at the wheel, and the front wheels hopping along the road with each piston beat.
Finally news came that the Broadway canopy lamps were up at last. This we had to see!
The lamps are already wired up, but have not yet been seen lit in the dark. Currently the last train leaves while there is still plenty of sunshine about.
The other two will be BOOKING OFFICE and REFRESHMENT ROOM. The need for the toilet boards was the most urgent, we were told, so we did them first. Both signs are originals bought at auction some time ago in preparation for this job. The ladies sign was once LADIES WAITING ROOM but we didn't think they would like to wait so we took those letters off, so matching the door plate.