Images of Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys Railways
Here are rare photographs, the majority of them taken by the author, of the lines which served ports and local communities around Cardiff, Newport and their hinterland. Each photograph is accompanied by the author’s own text, often with unique reminiscences of this important part of the railway system in Wales.
The author writes:
The photos in this album have been selected from my collection of many thousands of railway scenes. Together they present an overall view of many of the types of locomotives which have worked in the area since late in the nineteenth century. Along with the engines much of what is nowadays termed ’railway infrastructure‘ is included in the photos together with a varied selection of rolling stock. I have attempted to include as wide a variety of locations as possible to cover the locomotive scene on the main line, on branch lines, in goods yards and at locomotive sheds. Industrial Railways feature in the last part of the book. It is hoped that the book will appeal not only to railway enthusiasts but also to readers seeking photos of local areas. The detail contained in many of the photos may be of assistance to railway modellers of certain periods. I hope that this collection of photos will help to recall the magic and nostalgia that the sight of working steam locomotives induces in many people.
Here for the first time is a comprehensive look at an important part of this unique collection – a book that will become a classic of South Wales steam.
Maurice Dart was born in Plymouth and, apart from a period in Gibraltar, he has lived in Devon and Cornwall for all of his life. The interest in railways was bred into him almost from birth and has stayed with him. He was educated at Sutton High School, Plymouth followed by Plymouth & Devonport Technical College and worked as a chemist in the China Clay industry for thirty seven years. Through his work connections he gained an intimate knowledge of the Lee Moor Tramway and of China Clay railway operations by the main line railway companies. Following retirement he works as a volunteer on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway mainly in the shop or escorting visiting enthusiasts around the railway.
IHardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photographs. Published June 2012.
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