25th September 2019 · ‘Reflections of a Railway Enthusiast’

Presenter: Jeff Morgan

This was the first of our quarterly meetings in Swansea to which 12 members and guests heard Jeff Morgan’s autobiographical journey through his railway pleasures. Starting at age 5 watching trains at Dyffryn Yard having bunked off his grandfather’s funeral his journey took us to Mountain Ash, where his mother’s side of the family lived, then a veritable railway town with two stations Oxford Street and Cardiff Road, to his first Southern and Eastern Region locos (a U class and a B1) to Barry Scrapyard. His show featured Cilfynydd and its associated colliery and Walnut Tree Viaduct with an interesting photo of the walkway underneath the tracks. Then and now photographs of Queen Street and Pontypridd, both showing the extensive changes made concluded the Welsh steam section and his concluding images featured hydraulics and the end of steam in Lancashire with a number of the Miles Platting bankers which never seemed to bank! A thoroughly enjoyable show by a professional presenter who is a regular at branch meetings and who also organises the Barry and Penarth Railway Society.