The Vale of Rheidol Railway (Hardback)
The Story of a Narrow Gauge Survivor
Built to carry minerals from mines in the Rheidol valley, the 2ft gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway found its niche carrying tourists to the tourist attraction at Devil’s Bridge, 12 miles inland from the Cardigan coast resort of Aberystwyth. Taken over by the Cambrian Railways and then the Great Western Railway, it became the last steam railway operated by British Rail. In 1989 it became the first part of the national network to be privatised.
Now under the control of a charitable trust it is undergoing a revival that will see it become one of the leading tourist attractions in Mid-Wales.
Review by Paul WeedenWelsh Railways Research Circle newsletter, No 164 Autumn/Winter 2020
The book is interesting in its description of the various periods in the life of the railway which, combined with many period photographs, make it an enjoyable read.
A well designed and laid out book that adds to the history of a fascinating line, thoroughly recommended.6024 Preservation Society
Built to transport minerals from mines in the Rheidol Valley, this 2-foot-wide railway found its niche leading tourists to the Demon Bridge tourist attraction, 12 miles inland from the Cardigan coastal resort of Aberystwyth. It became the last steam railway operated by British Rail and in 1989 in the first part of the network to be privatized. Now, under a charitable trust, he's experiencing a renaissance that will make him one of Mid-Wales' top tourist attractions.Unos Cuantos Trenes
A great book about a small railway with a lot of history that has managed to adapt to the new times and become a tourist attraction without losing its charm. A history similar to the one we have in Spain with the Steam Train of the Basque Railway Museum or the Utrillas Mining Train. The most noteworthy thing, as in many books of this publishing house, is the large number of good photographs it contains and how complete its information is.
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It is a complete story of the line to date, an enjoyable read and a good pictorial record of this attractive railway. So a good way to spend some time in lock-down!Michael's Model Railways
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