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Railways and Industry on the Brecon & Merthyr (Hardback)

Bassaleg to Bargoed and New Tredegar/Rhymney B & M

British History Transport Trains and Railways Wales

By Ray Caston, John Hodge
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: South Wales Valleys
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 48 colour and 382 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399096058
Published: 27th April 2022


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This book, as part of the South Wales Valleys series, deals with the former Brecon & Merthyr Railway line which ran from Bassaleg (north of Newport) to Brecon and Rhymney B&M, the latter line being closed north of New Tredegar in 1930 due to a landslide, one of several in that area. The most important and lucrative traffic was of course coal from the many collieries on the line, much bound for Newport Docks, though there was a regular passenger service both to Brecon and New Tredegar which ran to Rhymney B&M before 1930. At Machen the line diverted to Caerphilly and Pontypridd again with coal and passenger services, mostly covered by auto trains. Each location along all lines in the area is covered in detail with copious photographs to illustrate, and an OS Map from the start of the 20th C. to present a detailed coverage of the area around each location. The line is still open from Bassaleg to Machen Quarry for occasional trains of stone traffic using modern traction and wagons.

Featured in

Aeron Valley Railway Society Newsletter - June 2022

Featured in

Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter No.169, Spring 2022

About Ray Caston

Ray Caston is a former chemist, working for Monsanto’s at Newport. He has lifelong association with the B&M where his father and grandfather were both employed. He has lived all his life at Bassaleg where he is a local councillor. Since 1970 he has maintained a continuous interest in the operation and history of the B&M line, Bassaleg being its southern terminus. He has a wide knowledge of the South Wales railway scene and is a valued member of local railway societies.

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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