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Pen-y-darren Tramway

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Pen-y-darren Tramway

This tramway ran from the canal at Navigation House (now Abercynon) on the Glamorgan canal to Merthyr Tydfil and the Pen-y-darren ironworks by Dowlais. The tramway was built to replace a section of the canal which had many locks and consequently took a lot of time to travel along. The route of the tramway was later used by the Taff Vale Railway, the northern portion of which is shown in the schematic diagram.

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Brechin and Edzell District RailwayMontrose and Bervie RailwayNorth British, Arbroath and Montrose RailwayNorth British, Arbroath and Montrose RailwayArbroath and Forfar RailwayAberdare RailwayTaff Vale ExtensionQuakers' Yard and Merthyr Joint RailwayVale of Neath Railway Clickable map of the Pen-y-darren Tramway.
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This line ran through a valley which formerly had many coal mines. At Merthyr Tydfil and Dowlais there were a number of ironworks and later steelworks.



The line was built to replace a section of canal with many locks. Much of its course was later used by the Taff Vale Railway.

Description of route


From Navigation House (Abercynon) to Pen-y-darren.

Page created on 13/11/2000
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford