|Pages for Further Reading|
|This list is
not intended to be comprehensive-- railway resources on the Net, even
for a small land like Wales, are vast and growing larger each day.
Rather, I offer here a select roster of the sites I found to be most
valuable while researching this project. Each is intriguing, informative,
accurate and entertaining on its own; several will link you in turn
to other, vast libraries of information and further reading.
The invaluable official
site, including news of the line, a history, equipment specifications,
and a virtual tour of the route. Richard Huss, curator.
Ffestiniog Railway. The official site of the Queen of the Narrow Gauge, including timetables, events listings, a map of the line, and detailed descriptions of the engines and historic rolling stock.
at Penrhyn Slate Quarry. If
you enjoyed meeting the FR's Linda in these pages, you must
hasten to R.G. Roscoe's fascinating pages showcasing Linda
and Blanche during their final working years at the Penrhyn
Slate Quarries near Bangor. His elegant black-and-white images
offer a priceless glimpse of these archetypal Welsh quarry engines during
their working lives.
Highland Railway Project/Project Rheilfordd Eryri. The
Welsh Highland Railway was the last of the great Welsh narrow-gauge
lines to be completed, the final spike being driven only in 1923.
Its 25-mile route from Porthmadog to Dinas Junction near Caernarfon
traversed western Snowdonia, some of the most spectacular scenery in
Wales. Even so the line was a commercial failure, finally closing in
1937 after a mere fourteen years' corporate existence. Now, sixty
years after the last wheel turned, the Welsh Highland is rising from
the ashes. A group led by the Ffestiniog is relaying and revitalizing
the entire railway. Discover this epic of preservation-- and catch
a glimpse of the line's fascinating South African Garratt locomotives--
in Ben Fisher's excellent pages.
Highland Railway Ltd./Rheilffordd Ucheldi Cymru. Since
1964 the memory and equipment of the historic WHR have been kept alive
by the Welsh Highland Railway Ltd. of Porthmadog. Their preservation
site at Gelert's Farm in Porthmadog is home to the Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell,
the last original WHR engine, as well as an impressive collection of
other preserved WHR stock and memorabilia. Today the Porthmadog
group is more active than ever, cooperating with the Ffestiniog-led
project to relay the entire WHR. This official website offers
an superlative history of the railway in text and historic photographs,
as well as schedules of operations at the Porthmadog preservation site
and news of the WHR Ltd. society. Richard Beton, curator.
Railway Society. The
Corris Railway between Corris and Machynlleth was a near-twin of the
Talyllyn: the lines shared the same "broad" 2' 3" gauge,
as well a common dependence on slate as their lifeblood. Now a
scrappy band of preservationists is revitalizing this abandoned railway
as well. Follow their achievements-- the fruit of hard labor more
than money-- in these pages.
Mountain Railway. The
official site of the Snowdon Mountain route, offering timetables, directions,
and a short introduction to the line's locomotives and rolling stock.
See also the SMR
entry in Mark Dewell's UK Heritage Railways pages.
North Wales Coast Line.
British fan Charlie Hulme's valentine to his favorite Welsh standard-gauge
line, the former LNWR North Wales Coast Line. A well-written site
filled with intriguing observations about standard-gauge railroading
in Wales in the current era of transition.
Though the railways are reason enough to go, Wales offers much, much
more. For a broader look into the language, culture, heritage,
and ecology of this lovely land, visit Data-Wales, an Internet resource
on Welsh culture and history. The good people at Data-Wales take special
interest in encouraging first-time visitors, and offer a great deal
in the way of useful maps and guidance.
Heritage Railways. In
cooperation with the Heritage Railway Association, Mark Dewell maintains
this essential clearinghouse for news, information and events in and
around preserved railroading throughout the United Kingdom, be it steam
or diesel, standard or narrow gauge. Includes a vast library of
links to further reading.
European Railway Server. Be
careful here-- you might get lost in this vast and sprawling thicket
of links, images and information on European railroading today.
Marco van Uden has created one of the world's premier railway sites,
offering vast link libraries, comprehensive stock lists, motive power
image libraries, and other goodies. An essential stop for anyone
planning a railway holiday to Europe.