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- DescriptionThe South Wales Railway -The South Wales Railway was promoted in the 1840s with the aim of completing a rail link between England, Wales and Ireland. As such, the proposed railway was seen as 'a great national undertaking to connect the South of Ireland as well as South Wales and the Metropolis', with many perceived benefits in terms of mutual trading opportunities and greater political integration. Branch lines would serve Pembroke Dock and other destinations, the length of the proposed scheme being around 210 miles. The SWR was intimately connected with the Great Western Railway, and with I.K.Brunel as its Engineer, the line was built to the GWR broad gauge of 7 feet 0 inch. Although the SWR main line skirted most of the South Wales industrial areas, it connected with a variety coal-carrying Welsh lines, including the Taff Vale, Cardiff and Barry Railways - all of which eventually passed into Great Western hands as a result of the 1923 Grouping. The SWR main line had, in the meantime, been extended to Fishguard Harbour, and this historic line continues to serve as an important rail link between England, Wales and the South of Ireland.
- Author BiographyStanley C. Jenkins, who was educated at Witney Grammar School, the University of Lancaster and the University of Leicester, has written over 20 books and some 750 articles on local, transport and regional history. Having worked as an English Language teacher at Oxford Air Training School for several years, he returned to Leicester University to retrain as a museum curator in 1986, and was subsequently employed by English Heritage as the Regional Curator for South Western England. He is Curatorial Advisor to the Witney & District Museum, and is also working as a curator for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust, which is at present building a military museum at Woodstock. Martin Loader has been interested in railways since the late 1960s, but only starting taking photographs seriously with the acquisition of his first 'proper' camera in 1978.
- Author(s)Martin Loader,Stanley C. Jenkins
- PublisherAmberley Publishing
- Date of Publication15/06/2016
- SubjectTrains & Railways: General Interest
- Series TitleThe Great Western Railway
- Place of PublicationChalford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAmberley Publishing
- Content Note200
- Width246 mm
- Height168 mm
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