|Sub-titled: Machynlleth to Aberystwyth
The Cambrian Railways Company ran a railway system which easily evoked happy memories. It Ran between mountain Peaks, beside idyllic streams and rivers, and alongside sandy beaches and dramatic seaside cliffs. Each Year it carried thousands of excited children, and their parents, on their way to their annual holidays.
Its wayside stations, some quite tiny and some rather grand, served otherwise isolated communities to which it became a lifeline. To those with any interest in railways and how they were operated, it demonstrated the challenge of carrying traffic - seasonally very heavy - over long lengths of single line and over some fearsome gradients.
In this, the first of an extensive series of books covering the lines of the former Cambrian Railway Company. C C Green, well known for his lifelong affection for the company, describes part of the coastal route and it's early history, the problems of building a railway across a bog, and the failed attempts to bridge the estuary of the River Dovey. These all speak clearly of the enormous effort expended to bring railways to this part of mid-Wales.
This volume, like those to come, is extensively illustrated with Photographs not only of the stations but of the railway and the landscape in between, evoking the atmosphere of a line now much changed by simplification and modernisation.
· The Aberystwyth & Welsh Coast Railway
· Machynlleth to Derwenlas Crossing
- The Port of Derwenlas
- Derwenlas Crosiing
· Derwenlas Crossing to Dovey Junction
· Dovey Junction
· Dovey Junction to Glandyfi
· Glandyfi to Ynyslas
- East Wharf Siding
- The Aberdovey Ferry Branch
- West Wharf Siding
- The Dovey Steamers
· Ynyslas to Borth
· Boprth to Llandre
· Llandre to Bow Street
· Bow Street
· Bow Street to Aberystwyth
- Aberystwyth Shed
· Appendix 1 - Safety and Signalling
· Appendix 2 - Aberstwyth Working Instructions
By C C Green
Hardback. 288 pages
349 black & white photographs