Merthyr Tydfil Tramroads and their Locomotives, by G Rattenbury & M Lewis

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Merthyr Tydfil Tramroads and their Locomotives, by G Rattenbury & M Lewis

Merthyr Tydfil Tramroads and their Locomotives, by Gordon Rattenbury and M.J.T. Lewis

Book published by the Railway and Canal Historical Society in 2004, 88 pages. Paperback (N3950P1)

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From the rear side cover: By 1800 an abundance of raw materials had attracted four large ironworks to Merthyr Tydfil, high in the uplands of south Wales. There was just one drawback, and that was the distance from the sea. Efficient transport was essential if the industry was to flourish. The Glamorganshire Canal of 1794 was a partial solution, but it was prone to serious delays, caused by its numerous locks, and so in 1802 the Merthyr Tramroad (sometimes known as the Penydarren Tramroad) was opened to by-pass the most heavily congested sections.

Just two years later, in February 1804, this tramroad was the scene of the epoch-making run of Richard Trevithick’s locomotive, the first known steam locomotive to run on rails. Later many more locomotives were used on the tramroad, most of them highly idiosyncratic designs from the Neath Abbey Ironworks.

In this book, published to mark the 200th anniversary of the momentous events of February 1804, two authoritative writers describe the history of the Merthyr Tramroad and the other tramroads in the district and the locomotives which ran on them.

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