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

Ghosts of Abeglaslyn Porthamdog Beddgelert & south snowdon railway

Regular price £18.00 £0.00
Tax included.

Ghosts of Abeglaslyn Porthamdog Beddgelert & south snowdon railway


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


Pay via Paypal, Payments can also be made via the phone.


Items are either offered with free Postage or at a cost with a small surcharge for packing materials.
Combined postage is offered for multiple purchases, so please do not pay straight away if you have bought
more than one item from us. If you do pay without waiting, the postage difference cannot be refunded.

All questions are answered as quickly and honestly as we can. We genuinely want you to enjoy your buying experience and we appreciate positive feedback once your purchases are happily received. We will reciprocate in due course.

All items are aimed to be dispatched within 3-5 days of purchase and payment. If not, the buyer will be notified. Items are packaged as I would like to receive them myself.

Returns are permitted on the very rare occurrence that items are damaged in transit. For this, we recommend that customers use the Ebay returns process. Any items returned that are not faulty or damaged will not be refunded the postage costs, and must be in a saleable condition, Including original packaging, to qualify for refund. 


Postage and packaging
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.

Contact Us

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

Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


Get images that
make Supersized seem small.
Tailor your auctions with Auctiva's
Listing Templates!

THE simple solution for eBay sellers.

More from this collection