The Welsh Narrow Gauge Railway - A Pictorial History
The narrow gauge railways of Wales - the Great Little Railways - are popular tourist attractions and important to the Welsh economy. A century or so ago when many were built they were equally important but in a different field, the carriage of slate from mountain quarries to ports. In the intervening 100 years there were boom times but also times of depression. Some lines were common carriers with passenger and general freight services but from the early 1900s road transport began to compete, the little railways started to run down and services were cut. By the second world war, for nearly all, came closure and dereliction. Just one independent line, the Talyllyn, survived with a precarious passenger service, but its thread of life was enough to give hope of restoration to preservationists who took over in 1951. Little did those enthusiasts know what they were starting, for in the next 25 years volunteer groups took over several derelict lines and breathed life into dead engines and rebuilt rotting track. In a few cases track was put back on foundations from which rails had been ripped up many years before. In this superbly evocative album, John Prideaux has delved into the past and the present to unearth some real gems in more than 120 illustrations, mostly rare unpublished historical views portraying not only the tourist railways as they were and are, but also lines which alas have gone for ever.
Hardback, 96 pages, black & white illustrations, maps etc
Condition: Very Good
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