It is about 7.20 in the morning and the sun is shining warmly as an unknown class 220 Voyager unit passes by Llandevenney with 1E37 0700 Cardiff to Newcastle cross country service. The only VXC working from South Wales.
Looking east into the bright and warm morning sun with 43179 leading a Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea HST. Train 1B02 left Bristol at 0703.
Class 180 Adelante units make a couple of forays into South Wales each day. 180104 heads west with 1C01 0543 Paddington to Cardiff.
EWS type 5 67014 leads The Northern Belle and 1Z72 0800 Cardiff to Kensington Olympia poshex. The FGW down HST is unknown but the train is 1B05 0645 Paddington to Swansea.
The daily Southampton to Cardiff Wentloog freightliner is usually very lightly loaded. This day is no different and 66537 has an easy job with its train 4O50, 0500 from Southampton.
A very long engineers train ambles along the Down Relief line at Llandevenney with 6Z33 0745 Reading - Cardiff Wentloog and Freightliner Heavy Haul 66620 at the front.
On the rear of the train is Heavy Haul sister 66617, shut down.
On the Up Main line is bubblecar 153377 with a class 2 local working from Cardiff to Taunton, 2C67 0900 off the Welsh capital.
60004 snakes down from Bishton Flyover with 6B13 0533 Robeston to Westerleigh loaded bogie tanks. Most of the 25 TEA tanks are brand new having been delivered a few weeks previously.
180104 returns to London Paddington with 1L46 0955 from Cardiff.
These units all seem to be running with the cover over the coupling missing.
With the sun shining warmly 66121 crosses Bishton Flyover with the early running 4C55 0858 Aberthaw Power Station to Avonmouth Docks empty coal train.
The empty coal train drops down the twisting descent from the Bishton Flyover at a slow speed.
With the tail of the previous train visible in the background, 66074 approaches with a loaded rake of HTA coal hoppers. The train is 6B68 0926 Avonmouth Docks to Aberthaw Power Station.
158965 is employed on the Cardiff to Portsmouth Harbour diagram. Here it forms 1F11 1030 off and still retains its silver Alphaline livery despite now it being a First Group working.
Freightliner 66537 reaapears at Llandevenney passing above the main line lines while men work on the up fast below.