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The MRS 'DMU Demise' Railtour in Swansea Docks High Level Yard. 1992. | by Marra Man
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The MRS 'DMU Demise' Railtour in Swansea Docks High Level Yard. 1992.

In some ways a depressing picture on a grey autumnal afternoon as the whole scene depicts the end of an era. The Monmouthshire Railway Society "DMU Demise" railtour is seen in the abandoned Swansea Docks High Level Reception Yard part of the once extensive King's Dock Yards complex. This was the last MRS railtour to deploy a DMU and seating was limited for the fact the remaining 3-car class 116 DMU sets based at Cardiff Canton had been reduced to power twins mostly for use on the Cardiff to Aberdare line and only five set survived by this date. Sets C392 (51134+51147) and C395 (51140+51153) were used on the tour and they only remained in traffic a few more months before all the Cardiff based 116 DMUs were withdrawn.

By 1992 it was also less common to be able to bail off such tours at the ends of lines to take pictures. The railtour was advertised to proceed onto ABP (Associated Britsh Ports) tracks from Burrows Junction as far as King's Dock Communication Bridge East Ground Frame in Swansea Docks but this was as far as the BR inspector deemed safe to take the train on what were disused tracks.

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Taken on September 26, 1992