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History of the Shrewsbury to Swansea RailwayThe Central Wales Line: Illustrated History of the Shrewsbury to Swansea Railway Sometimes known as "the heart of Wales line", this railway runs for 121 miles from Shrewsbury to Swansea via Llanelli, passing through some spectacular and beautiful scenery. The line is noted for its many tunnels, viaducts and severe gradients and, althouh providing a vital link for the villages and small towns it serves, there is the ever-present threat of closure. This detailed and illustrated book may appeal to not only railway enthusiasts, but to travellers who enjoy interesting rail journeys. It covers construction through to present day operation, the locomotives used, train services, signalling and personnel, and details each station served. Wales Railways.

Welshpool and Llanfair RailwayMoods of the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Opened in 1903 the introduction of a light narrow gauge railway connecting the town of Llanfair Caereinion with the main Cambrian Railway's network at Welshpool brought about a major change for life in the surrounding countryside. Local industry and farming was transformed as a result of this much quicker, and more economic, method of exporting produce and importing necessary supplies. Passenger traffic was never particularly heavy and that service ceased in 1931. Goods traffic struggled on benefiting from a mini revival during the Second World War, surviving until competition from the improving road system brought about cessation of all services in 1956. That would have been the end of the story but for a band of local people who had fallen in love with the line and were determined to save it. Starting with very limited resources they set about the restoration of the line and the superb events that were held to celebrate the railway's centenary in 2003 bear testament to the tremendous success that has been achieved. For nearly ten years Mike Heath has been visiting the line and the beautifully landscaped mid-Wales countryside through which it passes, attending many of the special events held there, throughout all seasons day and night. In his latest photographic journey he has sought to show why this line, which is often missed by travellers heading for more well known destinations, is well worthy of a day out all to itself! With 140 photographs in full colour, this book is a fitting celebration of this wonderful line in a glorious landscape..

South Wales RailwaysSouth Wales: Mid and South Glamorgan Pt.2 (British Railways Past & Present) This work covers: The South Wales Main Line from Rumney to Pyle; Lines of the former Rhymney Railway; The railways of Cardiff; Railways of the Taff and Rhondda Valleys; Lines of the former Barry Railway; and Railways of the Mid Glamorgan Valleys.

History of the Welsh Highland RailwayAn Illustrated History of the Welsh Highland Railway The Welsh Highland Railway, once finally completed, was the longest of the Welsh narrow gauge railways, running as it did from Dinas Junction to Porthmadog. The line's origins date back to the 1870s, when the first section of the line was opened as the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway. The route's total completion, however, only dates 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. The resulting line, was, despite all the high hopes, financially suspect and, even with the support of the Festiniog, the line closed completely in the late 1930s. There the story might have ended, but with the growth in interest in the Welsh narrow gauge a society was launched in the early 1960s to rebuild the line; a further twist occurred two decades later when the Festiniog Railway decided to promote its own rebuilding scheme. Today it is possible to travel on a rebuilt WHR - partly over the ex-standard gauge line from Dinas to Caernarfon and partly over the route to Waenfawr - while the future of the original route is being rebuilt as part of Britain's most ambitious preservation scheme. In 1999 lan Allan Publishing released Peter Johnson's first book devoted solely to the line, Portrait of the Welsh Highland Railway. The success of this book, and the wealth of new material that has subsequently come to light, much of it from the Public Record Office, allows for the publication of this new and highly detailed account of the history of the line. Peter Johnson, an expert on narrow gauge railways, has delved deeply into the archives both locally and nationally to produce a considerable amount of new information and illustrations concerning the construction, operation, locomotives and rolling stock of the line. Illustrated with some 250 mono photographs and line drawings, this new book is certain to become regarded as the definitive account of the history of the line.

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