Railways and Industry on the Brecon & Merthyr Railway (ePub)
The third in a trilogy on the Brecon & Merthyr Railway, this book covers the line from Merthyr to Pontsticill where it met the line from Newport and continued to Brecon. Between Pontsticill and Brecon the line ran through beautiful scenery with reservoirs on the west side and the Brecon Beacons on the east with the famous Seven Mile bank to test the ability of fireman not to stall their engine. The book is hugely illustrated as it passes through Pontsticill and on through Dolygaer, Pentir Rhiw, Torpantau and Talybont on Usk, this being one of the most scenic sections of the Western Region. Talyllyn and Brecon itself are also very well illustrated giving an idea also of the variety of services that ran into Brecon, not only from Newport, but from Neath, Hereford and Mid-Wales. Passenger services to Brecon from all these places were withdrawn in December 1962, though freight, mostly domestic coal, services from Merthyr continued until 1964. The area is not without some passenger services however in the present day as the Brecon Mountain Railway has been developed between Pant, Pontsticill and Torpantau. This final volume of three provides views in stark contrast to the industrial section at the south end of the Brecon & Merthyr where it runs through the South Wales Coalfield and the former iron producing areas of Merthyr and Dowlais.
As a photographic compilation this must be the most attractive book in the series about South Wales lines. It was one of the most scenic routes in Britain, let alone Wales, and attracted some highly competent photographers to remote locations.Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter No.175, Autumn 2023
An enjoyable, nostalgic, read.
As featured inSteam World - October 2023
"An enjoyable nostalgic read."The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum - Autumn 2023, Issue 185
" I enjoyed this book..."The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society - The Railway Observer, October 2023, Volume 93, Number 1136
"To sum up, this book is 183 pages of sheer delight, and the three volumes together are unlikely to be rivalled in their comprehensive coverage of this most special of lost Welsh railways."West Somerset Railway Association
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"This handsome book is the third in a trilogy on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway and is a must for all railway enthusiasts."Glamorgan Star - Thursday 24th August 2023