Last freights on rural routes

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I was on the broads with my family in 1980, and I never saw any freight on any of the lines. We moored near Reedham, Berney Arms and Somerleyton and I kept my eyes open for any and all trains!
 

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I seem to remember that freight was running on the line to Pembroke Dock until around 1980. Can anyone provide the exact date, and any information on what was carried?

Also, it might be an idea if we can talk about the last freights on other secondary routes. I admit I've been motivated by the 'Stranded at Berney Arms' thread, and I'll be moving a couple of posts over from that discussion.
 

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I seem to remember that freight was running on the line to Pembroke Dock until around 1980. Can anyone provide the exact date, and any information on what was carried?

Also, it might be an idea if we can talk about the last freights on other secondary routes. I admit I've been motivated by the 'Stranded at Berney Arms' thread, and I'll be moving a couple of posts over from that discussion.

There were infrequent MOD specials down to Pembroke Dock till about 1983 / 84 - flatcars with tracked vehicles for exercises at Castle Martin - there was a temporary unloading ramp especially installed at the Dock. Some of these trains were "interesting" as they carried European forces - and I recall one from Ramsgate - off the ferry - which included 2 MK1 passenger coaches for the accompanying personnel. General freight traffic - domestic coal - ended about 1980. another oddity was the 3 times a week pick up freight from Llanelli and Pantyffynon to Llandovery - again mostly domestic coal and the odd van of fertiliser - hauled by an 03 for a while after class 37's were temporarily barred from the HoW north of Ammanford due to "condition of track - again - ceased around 1984.
 

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If we are talking about rural routes then I should mention the Cambrian. The last regular freight workings on the Cambrian lines were the Stanlow to Aberystwyth petroleum workings, which ceased in 1993. The only freights which have ran since were trails with MPV's and log carrying wagons.
 

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If we are talking about rural routes then I should mention the Cambrian. The last regular freight workings on the Cambrian lines were the Stanlow to Aberystwyth petroleum workings, which ceased in 1993. The only freights which have ran since were trails with MPV's and log carrying wagons.

When did the log traffic finish?
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I'm pretty certain that MOD traffic was still running on the branch from Appleby to Warcop at the start of the 1980's. From memory the plan was still to keep the section of the S & C open from Carlisle to Appleby to serve Warcop even if the rest of the line had been closed.
 

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Weren't a lot of the last freight trains on rural routes the ones that took away the ripped-up track?
If we are talking about the last freights on surviving lines then it's a good question: what was the last freight on the Blaenau or Redditch lines, for example?
 

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Weren't a lot of the last freight trains on rural routes the ones that took away the ripped-up track?
If we are talking about the last freights on surviving lines then it's a good question: what was the last freight on the Blaenau or Redditch lines, for example?

On the Blaenau line I'm assuming that would have been nuclear waste or something to do with the decommissioning of the nearby nuclear power station.
 

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When did the log traffic finish?
--- old post above --- --- new post below ---
I'm pretty certain that MOD traffic was still running on the branch from Appleby to Warcop at the start of the 1980's. From memory the plan was still to keep the section of the S & C open from Carlisle to Appleby to serve Warcop even if the rest of the line had been closed.

I am sure they until 1989/1990
 

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When did the log traffic finish?
--- old post above --- --- new post below ---
I'm pretty certain that MOD traffic was still running on the branch from Appleby to Warcop at the start of the 1980's. From memory the plan was still to keep the section of the S & C open from Carlisle to Appleby to serve Warcop even if the rest of the line had been closed.

They were trials that took place in 2003, I think.
--- old post above --- --- new post below ---
Weren't a lot of the last freight trains on rural routes the ones that took away the ripped-up track?
If we are talking about the last freights on surviving lines then it's a good question: what was the last freight on the Blaenau or Redditch lines, for example?

I think in this case, freight refers to revenue-earning traffic. The last freights on the Redditch branch were stone trains from a terminal located next to Redditch Station. These ceased in the 1980's.



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