The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

The Story of a Welsh Rural Byway

Peter Johnson

Unusually among Welsh narrow-gauge railways, the 2ft 6in gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was built to benefit agriculture, not minerals. After several failed attempts to connect the market town at Welshpool with the rural community around Llanfair Caereinion, the 1896 Light Railways Act paved the way for the railway which opened in 1902.
Date Published :
October 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 : 9781526744777
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
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Overview
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Unusually among Welsh narrow-gauge railways, the 2ft 6in gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was built to benefit agriculture, not minerals. After several failed attempts to connect the market town at Welshpool with the rural community around Llanfair Caereinion, the 1896 Light Railways Act paved the way for the railway which opened in 1902.

Operated by the Cambrian Railways and then by the Great Western Railway it became the only narrow-gauge steam railway catering for goods traffic under the auspices of British Railways. Sadly, it was closed in 1956 but enthusiasts ensured its revival, which started in 1963.

Overcoming many obstacles, the railway is now run by a charitable trust and is a leading volunteer-operated tourist attraction in Montgomeryshire.

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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