Ghosts of Abeglaslyn Porthamdog Beddgelert & south snowdon railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Ghosts of Abeglaslyn Porthamdog Beddgelert & south snowdon railway

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Ghosts of Abeglaslyn Porthamdog Beddgelert & south snowdon railway


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Ghosts of Aberglaslyn – False Starts and Dashed Hopes – the brief life of  the Portmadoc, Beddgelert and South Snowdon Railway by John Manners   

If the aspirations of the promoters of the Portmadoc, Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway (PBSSR) had been realised, electric trains might now be carrying passengers between Porthmadog and Caernarfon. Incorporated in 1901 but never opened to traffic, the PBSSR scheme involved politicians and businessmen from England and Wales, including the father of a famous orchestra conductor, a company based in Scotland and technology from a Hungarian locomotive builder.

The heady and fascinating story of political manoeuvrings, dashed hopes, obstructionism and technology is the subject of this well researched new book, ‘Ghosts of Aberglaslyn’ by John Manners, who was until his retirement a design engineer with Parsons Peebles Generation Ltd, the successor company to Bruce Peebles & Company that supplied the electrical equipment for the PBSSR.

In the book, John Manners takes a detailed look at the design, technology and building of the PBSSR and the plans for electrifying the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways (NWNGR) line from Rhyd Ddu to Dinas. He sets it within the story of narrow gauge railways in North Wales including how at least six electric locomotives were built but none delivered and how a power station was constructed that still generates electricity today. The legacy includes the Leeds built steam locomotive “Russell” and the unused bridge by the Goat Hotel at Beddgelert and nearby bridge abutments.

A4  120 pages


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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.

Until 
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.
 

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

Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712

 

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