The Vale of Rheidol Railway
Lampeter, Aberayron, New Quay Light Railway Aberaeron GWR West Wales
Regular price £8.95
The centenary of the opening of the railway to Aberayron falls in May 2011. To coincide with this Oakwood Press announce the publication of an enlarged Second Edition of the long out-of-print title The Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway which includes a number of new photographs. Sixteen miles south of Aberystwyth on the wide sweep of Cardigan Bay, lies Aberayron one of West Wales most picturesque and attractive harbours. The harbour and most of this delightful town was developed in the early 19th century. By the 1880s the townsfolk became involved with proposals to connect their town to the GWR main line in the area. These proposals varied over the years, and included the fascinating possibility of an extension of the 2 ft gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth. The final proposal was for a route from the market town of Lampeter, with a branch from this line to New Quay. Planning, construction and financing of the Aberayron branch was a protracted affair, and the railway did not open until 1911. By this time there was already competition from motor buses. The planned New Quay extension was sadly never built. The late opening date of the line means that most unusually photographs are available covering the earliest days of the railway. The line lost its passenger service in the 1950s, but freight trains continued to work on the line until 1973. A section of the line south of Aberayron is now a footpath.Also covered in this book is the New Quay Harbour Tramway, a line of approximately 4 ft 2 in. gauge, built to assist in the construction of the harbour there in the 1830s. A5 format, 104 pages, 107 images, with a laminated card cover and a square-backed spine.