Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell

Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell

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Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
 
Great Railway Eras Talyllyn 50 Years of Change by Vic Mitchell
Hard Cover
96 pages
Copyright 2000
INDEX
93Abergynolwyn
71Brynglas
79Dolgoch
85Quarry Siding
68Rhydyrone
113Nant Gwernol
29Towyn Pendre
1Towyn Wharf
58Tywyn Pendre
23Tywyn Wharf
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Slate quarries were developed at Bryn Eglwys in the mid-1860s and an Act of Parliament was obtained on 5th July 1865 to construct a 2ft 3ins gauge railway to the coast. It was also to convey passengers between Abergynolwyn and a station near the town of Towyn (at Pendre), a distance of a little over six miles. This traffic began in December 1866, the railway and the quarries having common ownership. Mineral traffic had commenced before the Act was passed.
There was an extension at Towyn for slate and goods traffic to a wharf alongside the standard gauge railway, which had opened from Aberdovey on 24th October 1863. It was extended northwards in August 1867.
The quarries, and thus the railway, had a mixed fortune and were purchased in 1911 by the local MP, Mr Haydn Jones.
Since its construction, very little changed on the railway. Quarrying ceased in 1946 but the owner (by then knighted) continued to run trains, albeit at a loss. His death at the age of 86 in July 1950 would have resulted in closure and scrapping had not a group of enthusiasts, led by author L.T.C.Rolt, thought otherwise.
During the following October, meetings were held which resulted in the formation of the Taly-Llyn Railway Preservation Society and Sir Haydn's executors allowed the railway to be operated by amateurs in 1951. His widow graciously donated the line to the new organisation and its future was thus more assured.


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