£89.00

Author:   John Milner & Beryl Williams

Published:   2011
Edition:   Hardback
Pages:   307
Condition:   New
Genre:   Narrow Gauge, Light & Industrial

Status:   In Stock

Synopsis

Rails to Glyn Ceiriog: The History of the Glyn Valley Tramway Part One 1857-1903 by John Milner and Beryl Williams. The Ceiriog Valley was described by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as ‘a little bit of heaven on earth’. There is little to suggest that had visitors been there between 1873 and 1935 they could have been confronted by a gravity train of slate wagons, or after 1888, by a steam locomotive.

The valley was a thriving community with slate, granite, silica and chinastone quarries, as well as a gunpowder works.

This book comprehensively chronicles the various plans to build a standard-gauge railway to serve the industries in the valley. This eventually led to the construction of a narrow-gauge horse-drawn tramway, operated by the Shropshire Union Railway and Canal Co. and for the remaining period until its conversion to steam by the Ceiriog Granite Company. Includes over 400 photographs, maps and illustrations.

Chapters

The Background and Birth of the Tramway
Other Local Tramways
The Tramway Pioneers
The Horse Tramway Era 1872-76
The Horse Tramway Route
The Horse Tramway Era 1877-83
Horse to Steam Power 1884-87
The Snailbeach Connection
The Company in Turmoil
Maps
The Final Drive Forward 1889-90
Reopening for Passenger Traffic 1891-1903