The Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Story of a Narrow Gauge Survivor

Peter Johnson

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.
Date Published :
June 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Narrow Gauge Railways
Illustration :
200 color & black and white illustrations, maps and track diagrams
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526718051
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$49.95
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Overview
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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 privatized.

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.

About The Author
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PETER JOHNSON is the author of more than 30 books, mainly about Welsh and narrow-gauge railways.

His association with the Ffestiniog Railway, as editor of the Ffestiniog Railway Society’s quarterly magazine (1974-2003), as a director of the Ffestiniog Railway Society (1992-2003) and in drafting the company’s Welsh Highland Railway Transport & Works Order, and as the compiler of a narrow-gauge railway news column for one of the mainstream British railway magazines since 1995, has put him in a good position to compile this story of the Welsh Highland Railway’s history and its revival, his third title for Pen & Sword Transport.

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