A History of Britain’s Railways
and Merthyr Joint Line (Brecon and Merthyr Railway and London and North
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 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.
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
Description of route
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