This remarkable collection of twelve images was taken by Peter Hudson, a passenger on a railtour called the ‘Caerwent Cannonball’, which run on 15 March 1980, and which, amongst other places, visited the Big Pit washery at Furnace Sidings. Shortly after all the rails were lifted from the Top Line up to a little short of Blaenavon (High Level) station. We are very much hoping to prevail upon Peter to provide some more images if possible. These highly evocative pictures bring back a great deal of what we have lost in the past quarter of a century, and cry out for side by side comparisons with pictures from today. We will do what we can, so keep this page bookmarked.
We have tried to arrange the pictures in some kind of geographical sequence, with the sequence completed upon arrival at Furnace Sidings. We have added the captions, and trust that our memories are not TOO defective. We have not used the highest resolution images that Peter sent us in order to reduce the download times to something reasonable, but we do have very high resolution images to hand, and we MAY be able to help if you wish to scrutinize one in detail. Peter has given us approval to do with the images as we wish. If you DO decide to copy the images, then please respect his trust by not reproducing them, particularly for financial gain.
Unless credited, photos are © Alistair Grieve
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