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Carmarthen to Fishguard Harbour (Hardback)

Local History Transport Photographic Books Trains and Railways Wales

By John Hodge
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: West Wales Railways
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 54 colour & 366 black and white illustrations & maps
ISBN: 9781526795786
Published: 11th November 2021


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This volume covers the important main line section of line between Carmarthen and Fishguard Harbour, the terminus station opening in 1906 and replacing New Milford (later Neyland) as the previous main line terminus. In 1909 Cunard passenger liners between New York and Liverpool began calling at Fishguard and this book contains a fascinating account of this working lasting 3-4 years which saw fast connecting trains running to Paddington and the Continent via Dover. There were also important branches coming off this line at Whitland (for Pembroke Dock) and also to Cardigan, though the latter was closed in the Beeching cuts of 1964. The book affords a detailed look at Whitland where the rail service has been completely transformed since the end of steam. We see the Milk services that ran from Whitland (as well as Carmarthen) and the Fish services from Milford Haven, as well as the Oil Trains which will feature in a later volume.

"This is a delight for those interested in Welsh railways and further volumes in this series covering the other lines in Pembrokeshire are planned."

Railway and Canal Historical Society

"This is another excellent book by John Hodge and is highly commended."

West Somerset Railway Association

I can strongly recommend this excellent photographic history of this line.

The Broad Gauge Society

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6024 Preservation Society

The author rightly says this book shows “what a place of interest and activity it used to be”, this is a book with much to fascinate.

Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter No.168, Winter 2021

This excellent volume provides a photographic historical journey along the line. It achieves the correct balance of narrative and photograps throughout the history of the line

I can wholeheartedly recommend this book

James Simmonds

About John Hodge

John Hodge is a retired railwayman, who started his working life on the Western Region in South Wales in 1961, later transferring to London Paddington and British Railways Board. He was brought up in Barry, a port town west of Cardiff, which has strong railway connections, once being an important port for coal traffic and later being famous for Woodham Brothers scrap yard, which held over 200 locomotives, that are now mostly preserved on heritage lines. John is a lifelong railway enthusiast and historian, with many railway histories published.

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