Snailbeach District Railways, The By Eric Tonks 1950 Soft Cover 32 pages

Snailbeach District Railways, The By Eric Tonks 1950 Soft Cover 32 pages

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Snailbeach District Railways, The By Eric Tonks 1950 Soft Cover 32 pages
The Snailbeach District Railways By Eric Tonks 1950 Soft Cover 32 pages
The days of the steam-operated narrow gauge railway are indeed numbered; on some systems diesel traction has taken over, but in more the cuttings are condemned to silence and the discarded engines consigned to the scrap-heap. This sorry tale is all too obvious in North Wales, the stronghold of the narrow gauge, and the present line, more Welsh than English in character, has but a poor shadow of former glories, albeit its career has been a chequered one.
Information concerning the railway's early history is very scanty, for only in its latter days has the line received attention from the enthusiasts, discovering at the eleventh hour the charm of our railway backwaters; nearly all the former employees of the S.D.R. and the once-prosperous mines have long since vanished, their memories with them; and most official papers seem to have been lost in the changes in management. Gaps in the story are therefore inevitable; but they would have been much greater but for the invaluable help rendered by Miss Mary C. Hill, the County Archivist of Salop, and by the Birmingham Public Libraries in producing half-forgotten documents.
The S.D.R. is complete at the present time (1949), locomotives included, and part of it is still in use; but in the nature of things is not likely to survive much longer. It was a resourceful fighter, however, and worthy of an epitaph.

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