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In Stock ISBN: 978 1 7396 1391 4
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Published by: Welsh Railways Research Circle
Author: Brian P. Mills

Aberthaw and Rhoose: Lime, Cement and the Railway

The area between Penarth and Aberthaw has excellent limestone and as a result there have been quarries in the area for over two centuries. This led to the creation of major Cement Works at Rhoose and Aberthaw. The second half of the 20th century saw Aberthaw chosen as the site for two power stations, now both closed. These industries all relied heavily on the local railway network. The author worked locally in the industry for many years and gained an intimate knowledge of its operations. In addition he has taken close interest in the railways of the area: the Taff Vale Railway branch from Bridgend ot Aberthaw and the Vale of Glamorgan line.

In this book Brian brings together these aspects and explores the histories of the various quarries, the lime and cement production at the various site, the power stations – including those operated by the cement works, and the associated railway systems. The local industries made extensive use of railways both narrow and standard gauge and the book describes these internal operations, with listings of the locomotives known to have been used. The main line railway system was extensively used for delivery of cement, and many of the major contracts are recorded. Coal delivery to the cement works and the power stations is also covered, from 16 ton mineral wagons to modern bogie vehicles. Also recorded are the many changes to the railway infrastructure over the years. All these aspects of the history of the area are extensively illustrated, mostly in colour.

Publication of this book has been assisted through sponsorship by Ty-Mawr Lime of Brecon.

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