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Festiniog Railway, Merionethshire

Historical Description

Festiniog Railway, a short line in Merionethshire and Carnarvonshire, North Wales. This railway was constructed as a tram line for the conveyance of slates from the quarries to the sea at Port Madoc, the waggons descending by their own gravitation, and being dragged up again by horses. It was adapted for passenger traffic by the application of the " Bogie " principle, each pair of wheels moving on a central pivot so as to follow the curvature of the line, while the carriage itself remains rigid. The gauge of the line is barely 2 feet, and the trains are drawn by diminutive lt Bogie-Fairlie" engines, whose driving wheels have a diameter of only 2 feet 4 inches. The terminus at the slate quarries is at Duffws, and the line runs past Blaenan Festiniog to Port Madoc.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Merionethshire is available to browse.

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