Gallery Group – Wales

Members of our Yorkshire Group enjoying a walk along the abandoned trackbed of the Ffestiniog Railway (Jane Ellis)
Penmaenmawr (literally ‘Great Stone Head’) on the north Wales coast is littered with tramways and inclines associated with the area’s former quarrying industry. In places, the infrastructure has simply been abandoned and left to rust, as can be seen from this incline in the western quarries (Richard Lewis)
This is part of the former GWR line from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Bala Junction, viewed near Nant Ddu looking towards Bala. The last passenger train passed this way on 4 January 1960. March 2005 (Richard Lewis)
This mouldering ruin is a GWR ‘Toad’ brake van viewed at Rhosaman on the Aman Valley line between Cwm-twrch Uchaf and Brynamman. Feb 2009 (Bob Prigg)
The Plynlimon & Hafan Tramway. This operation was a 2ft. 3in. tramway in Ceredigion (formerly Cardiganshire) which ran from Llandre (originally named Llanfihangel) on the Cambrian Railways’ branch between Dovey Junction and Aberystwyth. This view is of the main incline at Hafan. 2011(Chris Parker)
At the foot of Hafan Incline, the gradient on the trackbed eases off for a gradual descent into the valley of the Afon Cyneiniog. 2011 (Chris Parker)
The Manchester & Milford Railway became the former GWR branch line from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen via Strata Florida and Pencader. Between Abertystwyth and Tregaron, parts of the line have been opened up as the multi-use Ystwyth Trail. 2011 (Bob Morgan)
A road-over-rail bridge on the Ystwyth Trail near the site of Strata Florida Station, viewed from the Aberystwyth side. 2011 (Bob Morgan)
The ‘Wheel o Drams’ at Maesycymmer in south Wales, near the restored Hengoed Viaduct, stands on Sustrans’ Celtic Trail, which links Hengoed with Quaker’s Yard, largely via disused railways. 2008 (Darren Wyn Rees)
Pont y Cafnau and a bridge that was commemorated at a civil engineering conference in Merthyr Tydfil in 2011. Its name means the ‘bridge of troughs’: it is Grade II* listed and a scheduled Ancient Monument, since it is the world’s earliest surviving iron railway bridge. The 47ft iron truss structure is over the River Taff in Merthyr Tydfil. 2007 (‘Locus Imagination’)
Llanerchayron Halt on the ex-GWR branch line from Lampeter to Aberaeron. The trackbed here is an official railway path, right through to Aberaeron on the coast. 2011 (Bob Morgan)
Llanerchayron Halt looking towards Lampeter. The loaded platform trolley completes the scene. 2011 (Grahame Cox)