FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs civil engineering euston st pancras memoirs
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs civil engineering euston st pancras memoirs

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FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs civil engineering euston st pancras memoirs


This book is a collection of memories, experiences and anecdotes from one who joined the London Midland Region (LMR) of British Railways (BR) and trained as an engineer, mainly in civil engineering, with that organisation. The book is set out chronologically and it is not intended in any way to be an exhaustive description or history, because the author’s acquaintance was far from comprehensive. Beyond Crewe that acquaintance, apart from cab riding, reduces to a handful of locations almost entirely concerned with bridgeworks or, later, photography. The author’s involvement in the electrification project work gives the narrative a southern emphasis. At one time he was responsible in the Divisional Civil Engineer’s organisation for permanent way (p.way) renewal, then maintenance on the Euston-Shilton and St.Pancras-Oakley sections, which means that he knew the routes well in the 1960s. On the other hand bridge works, new works, schemes and surveys tended to be location specific. His site experience was gained during the electrification of the West Coast main line (WCML), and the work involved with that enormous change is woven into the narrative.


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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.

Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom

Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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