The Vale of Rheidol Railway: The Story of a Narrow Gauge Survivor (Pen & Sword)

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By Peter Johnson. The Vale of Rheidol Railway was originally built to carry minerals from mines in the Rheidol Valley to the coast at Aberystwyth. However, the 2ft gauge railway found its niche carrying passengers to the tourist attraction and waterfalls at Devil’s Bridge, 12 miles inland from the Cardigan coast resort.

The line was taken over by the Cambrian Railways and later absorbed into the Great Western Railway. It subsequently became the last steam railway operated by British Rail and in 1989 became the first part of the national network to be privatised.

Now under the control of a charitable trust, the Vale of Rheidol Railway is currently undergoing something of a revival that will see it become one of the leading tourist attractions in Mid-Wales.

The Vale of Rheidol Railway: The Story of a Narrow Gauge Survivor tells the full story of the railway. It examines planning and construction, developments under various different owners in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, through to operations in 2020 under the direction of the charitable trust. Author, Peter Johnson, is a historian specialising in North Wales railways and is widely acknowledged as a leading authority in this area.

Chapter List:

  • Chapter 1: Planning, Powers and Funding
  • Chapter 2: Construction
  • Chapter 3: The Independent Years
  • Chapter 4: The Subsidiary Years
  • Chapter 5: Privatisation and Return to Independence
  • Bibliography

The Vale of Rheidol Railway: The Story of a Narrow Gauge Survivor also includes a rolling stock gallery covering the years 1902-1988, no less than 21 appendices containing various reference material pertaining to the railway and a full index. Well Illustrated with archive black & white photographs, more recent colour images, maps and diagrams. 208 pages. Hardback.

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