Festiniog & Blaenau Railway, Merionethshire Railway, Croesor Tramway, Bettws-y-Coed & Festiniog Railway,
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The Embankment Tramway, Gorseddau Tramway, Festiniog & Blaenau Railway, Merionethshire Railway, Croesor Tramway, Bettws-y-Coed & Festiniog Railway, North Wales Narrow gauge Railway, Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway. In 1971 the First Edition of this title drew readers’ attention from James Boyd’s previous book about the Mid-Wales Narrow Gauge Railways, to a treasury of long-abandoned railways in South Caernarvonshire which, until the 1960s had been hardly investigated. In this Second Edition (in two volumes) the author builds still further on his life-long and close knowledge of the subject. He recounts the politics and infighting of the Cambrian, Great Western and London & North Western Railways to secure a greater foothold and share in the then-lucrative North Wales slate industry traffic, and wrench more of it from the monopoly of an entrenched Festiniog Railway.
Within this theatre of marrow railway plotting, Hugh Beaver Roberts aspired to dominate the scene for over a decade; then Charles Easton Spooner, finding the Festiniog Railway too restrictive for his empirical ambitions, contrived his own ascendancy; finally Henry Joseph Jack cunningly manipulated to dictate electrical and transport undertakings in this part of the country.
Mr Boyd deals with the complexities of competitive promotions which baffled the Board of Trade, and holds our attention with amusing extracts from the documents of those times until the formation of the Welsh Highland Railway…. The subject of the second volume.
The book consists of 320 text pages with 64 pages of art paper containing more than 100 photographs. The book is casebound with a gold-block spine, printed endpapers and a laminated 2-colour dust jacket. Take a ride on the re-newed railway tracks, lookout for old footpaths ideal for walking with care.