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Radyr Goods Yard To Ivor Works



Ivor Works, Dowlais produced ingot moulds for British Steel (BSC) plants throughout the U.K. and to special order for steelworks around the world. This is a photographic journey of the used ingot moulds being returned to the Ivor Works, Dowlais for breaking and recycling.



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Special thanks to the photographer Andy Kirkham who has kindly

allowed us to display these photographs.




Just departed the Radyr GoodsYard, heading north towards Taffs Well before making the

long climb up to Caerphilly. The location is known as Pentyrch Crossing . The white building

is part of the original station which closed in 1863.Castle Coch in background.




Coming into the NW side of Caerphilly before joining the line to Ystrad Mynach, Nelson,

Bedlinog and eventually Dowlais. 




On the line to Ystrad Mynach.




Just passing Nelson&Llancaich station . The overbridge carries the Nelson Bedlinog road.




Heading towards Bedlinog.




Out of Bedlinog climbing steeply towards Cwmbargoed.




This is at the top of the Bogey Road with Penydarren Pits Platform on the left. Heolgerrig

is in the far distance.




Another view of Penydarren Pits Platform.



Dropping down to Caeharris Yard.




Cwmbargoed Coal Yard.10





Cwmbargoed Goods Yard.11




Cwmbargoed Goods Yard.

The train in the background is moving coal traffic out of the Taylor Woodrow Depot to be taken

to Aberthaw Power Station.




Cwmbargoed Station Crossing.13



Dropping down into Caeharris Yard, where the BR loco will be detached and an Ivor Works

shunter will be used to move the trucks around the sidings and to and from the Works14



A Dowlais Hudswell-Clarke Shunter leaves the Ivor works to meet the BR train at Caeharris Yard..



The shunter takes the wagons on to the Ivor Works, working

in the area that is now the site of Old Forge Park.



Dowlais Central Station.

The Whitey can be seen in the distance.



Shunter is taking trucks across Dowlais High Street to the Ivor Works. Today the

Caeharris Post Office is some 50mtrs down the road.20



Travelling towards the Ivor Works.



Travelling towards the works.


 Crane near the Whitey breaking ingots for resmelting into new ones at Ivor Works. 24.Looking towards the Blast Engine House from the area of the old furnaces.



Empties heading back towards Bedlinog.

Return of empties leaving the yard, on the skyline you can make out the chimneys of Blaendowlais.



Return of empties again, this time passing the trucks that have just been brought up from

Radyr. On the right are the remains of the Dowlais Works Coal Washery whose waste

material created the huge black tip at the side of the slip road. (see slip road page).



Empties Heading Down to Bedlinog.



Special thanks to the photographer Andy Kirkham who has kindly

allowed us to display these photographs.


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