Narrow Gauge Railways of North Wales

Illustrated with over 200 photographs, Andrew Wilson takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through North Wales, revisiting the rich diversity and charm of the Welsh narrow gauge railways and showing how they have changed in the last half ...

Author: Andrew Wilson

Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited

ISBN: CHI:63033838

Category: Transportation

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One of the joys of the Welsh narrow gauge is its sheer variety and apparent antiquity. While many of the railways were designed from the outset as miniature mainlines, others were constructed on a shoestring. If the railways had anything in common, however, it was their individuality and uniqueness. Those concerns operating in the 1960s were very different organisations to the railways of the 1920s and 30s. The Festiniog and Talyllyn had avoided being absorbed by the Great Western or LMS in 1923 and had gone their own ways, while the Corris, Vale of Rheidol and Welshpool & Llanfair had all come under the umbrella of Swindon. The Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Fairbourne, Glyn Valley and Great Orme Tramway were left to plough their individual furrows in an increasingly road-orientated society. Thanks to the preservation societies, which have revived the fortunes of many of the railways joining forces in 1970 under the banner of 'The Great Little Trains of Wales'. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, Andrew Wilson takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through North Wales, revisiting the rich diversity and charm of the Welsh narrow gauge railways and showing how they have changed in the last half century.

Rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway

THE REVIVAL AND RESTORATION of the Welsh Highland Railway is one of the greatest heritage railway achievements of the 21st Century, yet its success followed more than one hundred years of failure.Supported by public loans, its first ...

Author: Peter Johnson

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473869912

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

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THE REVIVAL AND RESTORATION of the Welsh Highland Railway is one of the greatest heritage railway achievements of the 21st Century, yet its success followed more than one hundred years of failure.Supported by public loans, its first incarnation combined the moribund North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways, some of the abandoned works of the Portmadoc, Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway and part of the horse-worked Croesor Tramway. Opened in 1923, it was closed in 1937 and the track was lifted in 1941.Serious talk of revival started in the 1960s but restoration did not start until 1997, with the neighbouring Ffestiniog Railway at the helm, supported by generous donors and benefactors, the Millennium Commission, the Welsh Government and teams of enthusiastic volunteers.Author Peter Johnson steers a course through the railways complicated pre-history before describing the events, including a court hearing, three public inquiries and a great deal of controversy, leading to the start of services between Caernarfon and Porthmadog in 2011. A postscript describes post-completion developments.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

This volume looks at the narrow gauge railway's history and development, taking in the present and future development of this fascinating line's operation.

Author: Peter Johnson

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 9781526776129

Category: Transportation

Page: 264

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The Snowdon Mountain Railway is one of the great narrow gauge railways of North Wales, with thousands of visitors travelling to the summit of Mount Snowdon along the line each year. This book covers the history of this historic and interesting line from its beginnings in the 1890s through to the present day. The author Peter Johnson has been writing about narrow gauge railways for many years and has a deep knowledge of the lines in North and Mid Wales. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is an important part of the tourist industry in North Wales and plays a vital part in providing transport in this popular and much visited area. This volume looks at the narrow gauge railway's history and development, taking in the present and future development of this fascinating line's operation.

Narrow Gauge Railways in Wales

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230847391

Category:

Page: 58

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 57. Chapters: Talyllyn Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Corris Railway, Fairbourne Railway, Narrow gauge slate railways in Wales, Dinorwic Quarry, Plynlimon and Hafan Tramway, Glyn Valley Tramway, Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Cowlyd Tramway, Llanberis Lake Railway, Festiniog and Blaenau Railway, Vale of Rheidol Railway, Teifi Valley Railway, Deeside Tramway, Eigiau Tramway, Portmadoc, Beddgelert and South Snowdon Railway, Great Orme Tramway, Penrhyn Quarry Railway, North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways, Trefor Quarry railway, Hendre-Ddu Tramway, Brecon Mountain Railway, Pen-yr-Orsedd Quarry tramways, Rhiwbach Tramway, Saundersfoot Railway, Gorseddau Junction and Portmadoc Railway, Gorseddau Tramway, Cedryn Quarry Tramway, Nantlle Railway, Bryn Oer Tramway, Kerry Tramway, Padarn Railway, Porthgain Railway, Bala Lake Railway, Penmaenmawr & Welsh Granite Co., Dinorwic Railway, Little Ormes Head Quarry tramway, Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramway. Excerpt: The Talyllyn Railway (Welsh: ) is a narrow-gauge preserved railway in Wales running for 7.25 miles (11.67 km) from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1866 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, and was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. Despite severe under-investment, the line remained open, and in 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. Since preservation, the railway has operated as a tourist attraction, expanding its rolling stock through acquisition and an engineering programme to build new locomotives and carriages. In 1976, an extension was opened along the former mineral line from Abergynolwyn to the new...

Cwm Gwyrfai

A well-researched volume presenting information about 60 slate quarries in Lower Gwyrfai, Rhyd-ddu, Beddgelert and Moel Tryfan, Caernarfonshire, which operated along the route of the North Wales Narrow Gauge railway, including short notes ...

Author: Gwynfor Pierce Jones

Publisher:

ISBN: 0863818978

Category: Narrow gauge railroads

Page: 368

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Cyfrol yn dangos ôl ymchwil trylwyr yn cyflwyno gwybodaeth am 60 o chwareli llechi Is-Gwyrfai, Rhyd-ddu, Beddgelert a Meol Tryfan, sir Gaernarfon, a weithredai ar hyd llwybr rheilffordd fach Gogledd Cymru, yn cynnwys nodiadau byrion am ddatblygiad rhai o'r llinellau rheilffordd. 30 llun du-a-gwyn a 7 map. -- Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru

Narrow Gauge Railways

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition.

Author: C. E. Spooner

Publisher: Theclassics.Us

ISBN: 1230434771

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Page: 44

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...makes no allowance for the more economical working of the narrow gauge, which is one of the main features of the system. If such a result be possible it implies for public lines not a little encouragement to carry the railway system into every nook and corner of the kingdom where a moderate traffic may be obtained; and for Government lines the reduction of tariff to the lowest point. "There seemed to be a unanimity of opinion also as to the success of Mr. Fairlie's engine adapted to the narrow gauge, and also on the broad gauge; but it remains to be seen, from the reports which will be furnished to the various Governments, how far this unanimity extends. That the engine did some extraordinary work is clear, as we shall have to show in a future article; but whether it is or is not to be recommended for adoption as a means of making the narrow gauge available to the utmost is a point on which we have no information." F No. II. "The object of the experiments on the Welsh railways was to ascertain whether or not the 'Fairlie' engine increased the carrying capacity of a railway or diminished the cost of working it. With this view two engines were put on their trial--one, the 'Little Wonder, ' on the Festiniog Railway, of 2 ft. gauge, in North Wales; the other, the 'Progress, ' on the ordinary gauge of 4-8, in South Wales. "The ' Little Wonder' is an eight-wheeled double bogie engine of four cylinders 8f in. in diameter, with a stroke of 13 in. The diameter of its wheels is 2 ft. 4 in.; its average steam pressure is 150 lbs.; its weight is 19 tons; its total length is 27 ft.; its total wheel base is 19 ft., and the wheel base of each bogie, which practically has alone to be considered, is 5 ft. This engine was...

An Illustrated History of the Welsh Highland Railway

Incorporating many stunning colour images, and published to coincide with the reopening of the line in the spring, it is a must-have for all those who fondly remember this line.Containing a vast amount of new information, this important new ...

Author: Peter Johnson

Publisher: Ian Allan Pub

ISBN: 0860936260

Category: History

Page: 144

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The Welsh Highland Railway was the longest of the Welsh narrow gauge railways, running all the way from Dinas Junction to Porthmadog. The line's origins dated back to the 1870s when the first section of the line was opened as the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway. The route's completion throughout however, only dated from the 1920s, when under the influence of Colonel Stephens the line was extended to Porthmadog. This represented the last major expansion of the narrow gauge network of North Wales. This expanded and updated volume has been designed to complement reputed author Peter Johnson's first edition of 'An Illustrated History of the Welsh Highland Railway' published in 2002. Incorporating many stunning colour images, and published to coincide with the reopening of the line in the spring, it is a must-have for all those who fondly remember this line.Containing a vast amount of new information, this important new volume brings the story of the line's rebuilding up to date.

Narrow gauge Railways in North Wales

CHAPTER VII THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY I N 1914 , the plans were well advanced for linking the North Wales Narrow Gauge with the Portmadoc , Beddgelert & South Snowdon , and thus making a through route . The local authorities interested ...

Author: Charles Edward Lee

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015023190070

Category: Narrow gauge railroads

Page: 136

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Narrow Gauge Railways

Peter Johnson has been researching and writing about narrow gauge lines for many years, and this is the perfect introduction to a rich and appealing corner of British railway history.

Author: Peter Johnson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780747813927

Category: History

Page: 64

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Narrow gauge railways, so well suited to difficult, mountainous terrain, were built in many of the UK's most scenic locations. Their genesis was in mines and quarries where they replaced manor horse-pulled wagons, but their adaptability meant that by the 1860s they were also carrying passengers, in some cases over quite considerable distances. Today a good proportion of all the important lines survive in the service of tourists, whose appreciation of the landscape, and the railways themselves, keep these relics of industrial Britain alive in all their variety. Peter Johnson has been researching and writing about narrow gauge lines for many years, and this is the perfect introduction to a rich and appealing corner of British railway history.

Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge

In this book he has brought together photographs of many of the world's steam-worked narrow gauge railways in the twenty-first century, concentrating mostly on views which show the scenery, both natural and man-made, through which they ran.

Author: James Waite

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 1473887674

Category: Narrow gauge railroads

Page: 208

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James Waite has been a skilled railway photographer for many years. In this book he has brought together photographs of many of the world's steam-worked narrow gauge railways in the twenty-first century, concentrating mostly on views which show the scenery, both natural and man-made, through which they ran. They are accompanied by extended captions; the fruit of extensive research containing much historical information about the railways and their locos. He also offers many fascinating insights into the districts and communities which they serve, along with anecdotes about his adventures while visiting them which are often amusing and always informative.