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The Mawddwy, Van and Kerry Branches (Oakwood Library of Railway History) [Paperback]

Lewis Cozens , R.W. Kidner , Brian Poole
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Oakwood Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (18 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853616264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853616269
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Cozens began his series of booklets on minor railways in the 1940s and 1950s, and had become assiduous in searching local and county records. In 1972, Oakwood published an edition of his three Cambrian booklets in one volume. Some 30 years later, Roger Kidner revised and updated the text. The story was brought to life by the stories and tales that Brian Poole was able to collect from those who knew the three lines well. Each of these lines had its own character: Mawddwy served the slate quarries; Van served the lead mines; and Kerry carried quantities of timber, served brickworks, and struggled to cope with the large influx of traffic generated by the annual Kerry sheep fair. Powys contains many abandoned railways, there is something haunting about them, the ghosts of services past. Of all these, the Mawddwy, Van and Kerry were the first to expire. The collection of the local communities' reminiscences of these lines ensures that they will not be forgotten. Presented in A5 format, it contains 240 pages, and 180 illustrations, including photographs, plans and maps. It has a laminated card cover with a square-backed spine.

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This is an excellent and informative study of the subjects, a number of little known railways and tramways, and is recommended for anyone interested in the history of minor Welsh railways. This edition is 240 pages with photographs, illustrations and maps in the text. It is No. 32 in the Oakwood Press' Library of Railway History, the second edition, from 2004. The first edition was a collection of several short works originally self-published by Lewis Cozens in the 1950s, and edited by Roger Kidner. This edition is heavily revised by Brian Poole.

The Contents are -
P005: Introduction to the Second Edition
P007: The Mawddwy Railway
P031: A New Beginning
P051: Mawddwy Locomotives and Rolling Stock
P061: Mawddwy Memories
P079: The Hendre-ddu Tramway
P109: The Van Railway
P133: Van Memories
P161: The Kerry railway
P181: Kerry Railway Memories
P219: The Kerry Tramway
P237: Appendices (x2)
P240: Bibliography

From the Author's original Introduction -
"The Mawddwy Railway, which was of standard gauge, formed part of British Railways (Western Region) and ran between Cemmes Road (Montgomeryshire) - 5 miles 10 chains east of Machynlleth - and Dinas Mawddwy (Merioneth), a distance of 6 miles 63 chains."
"The railway had a chequered career. Constructed at the instance of Mr. (later Sir) Edmund Buckley in 1866/67 it led a hand-to-mouth existence before falling into disuse in 1908. Under Cambrian Railways auspices and the drive of Mr. David Davies of Llandinam (later 1st Baron Davies of Llandinam) it was re-opened in 1911 for all traffic, only to expire in 1951 - 20 years after the last regular passenger trains had run.
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