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Dowlais and Merthyr Joint Line

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Dowlais and Merthyr Joint Line (Brecon and Merthyr Railway and London and North Western Railway)

This railway connected the Brecon and Merthyr Railway to the lines at Merthyr. The London and North Western Railway was able to force the Brecon and Merthyr Railway to make this a joint line. The LNWR joined the line near Dowlais.

 

Clickable map of the Dowlais and Merthyr Joint Line Crawshay's Private RailwayLondon and North Western Railway in South WalesQuakers' Yard and Merthyr Joint RailwayVale of Neath Railway
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Local area

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The area around Dowlais had a number of Ironworks including the Dowlais Iron Works, Pen-y-darren Iron Works and the Cyfarthfa Iron Works.

Chronology

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The Pen-y-darren Tramway was the first tramway or railway to reach 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

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From Dowlais to Merthyr by following a long curving course.


Page created on 13/11/2000
Page last edited on: 11/09/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford