A History of Britain’s Railways
This railway was built by the
Dowlais ironworks to connect its works to the Taff
Vale Railway at Merthyr Tydfil. The line had a steep incline.
Clickable Schematic of route
The area around Dowlais had a
number of Ironworks including the Dowlais Iron Works, Pen-y-darren Iron Works
and the Cyfarthfa Iron Works. A number of lines were promoted to the area to
carry coal, iron products and slag.
Tramway was the first tramway or railway to reache the area although the
a canal had reached Merthyr Tydfil before it. The tramway was replaced by the
Taff Vale Railway
(one of the first proper railways in South Wales) which ran from Cardiff to
Merthyr Tydfil. The Dowlais Iron Company built the Dowlais Railway to connect
to the Taff Vale Railway.
Description of route
From Merthyr to the Iron Works at Dowlais.
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Page last edited on: 11/09/2011
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