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Railways and Industry in the Tondu Valleys (Hardback)

Ogmore, Garw and Porthcawl Branches

Local History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways Wales

By Stuart Davies, John Hodge
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: South Wales Valleys
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526726599
Published: 30th November 2019
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The books give a history of the railway, coal mining and other industrial aspects of each Valley that combine to make up the Tondu Valleys with detailed comments on the operation of the railway, passenger and freight, and details of each colliery within the area and their place within the South Wales coalfield. Details are provided on individual aspects of railway operation. Each location is studied in detail with abundant photographs of railway and colliery activity. This is the first time such a study of this area has been undertaken in such detail.

The study of Porthcawl traces its development from a dock to a seaside resort with supporting photographs of both aspects.

This volume will give the reader an ample knowledge of this important part of South Wales as part of a series of books on the South Wales Valleys, to complement the two books on the Western Valley already produced.

Detailed analysis of railway operating practices and layouts and of colliery history and production tonnages.

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About Stuart Davies

Stuart Davies is a native of the Ogmore Valley and spent much of his formative years observing the operations at Tondu depot and its associated railway environs. This inspired him to pursue a railway career based initially in South Wales, then Carlisle, Bristol, East Anglia and the West Midlands, finally becoming a Senior Operations Executive. On the privatisation of British Railways, he participated in a number of successful bids for train operating companies. Recording in detail the railway activities around the Tondu Valleys has been a long-held ambition, now realised in this work.


About John Hodge

The author is a former railway manager in South Wales during the 1960s, who since retirement in 1992 has produced many articles and books on South Wales railways.

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