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Six Railways to Merthyr - The Angus Lewis Photographs


This work features the photographs of local photographer Angus Lewis and depicts the railway scene around Merthyr at the time of the 1922 grouping, thus representing the last days of the individual companies before being taken over by the Great Western and LMS. It describes the six individual companies that were working into Merthyr at that time; the Taff Vale, Brecon & Merthyr, GWR (previously Vale of Neath), L&NWR, Rhymney and Cambrian. Also included is a detailed historical account of Merthyr, which in the early 19th century was the most important town in Wales, before being overtaken by Cardiff. The account is interestingly titled Rise and Fall of Merthyr and traces the history of the town (with Dowlais) through from the early ironworks times to the 1960s when most of the six railways closed, resulting in the present position of 'A Single Line to Merthyr'.


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