- ISBN: 9781845242602
- Arfon Haines Davies
- Publication March 2017
- Format: Paperback, 150x155 mm
Author Biography: Arfon Haines Davies has always been a locomotive fan. His interest in the steam railways of his country has tied in with his talent to communicate with his public as a broadcaster. Having presented many programmes on Welsh Heritage Railways, he is the ideal person to guide us around the tracks with interest and appreciation.
Further Information: Wales can be proud of its railway heritage: the oldest surviving railway company in the world (Ffestiniog Railway); the first successful volunteers’ railway preservation society (Talyllyn, 1951); the highest railway in the British Isles (Snowdon); one of the first narrow gauge railways in the world (Llandegai Tramway, 1798) and the first steam engine railway in the world (Merthyr, 1804). With its wealth of natural resources – slate, coal, ore – Wales became the first industrialised nation in the world in 1851, when most of its workers were in industry rather than toiling the land. Railways became essential links between the mines and quarries – often in high and narrow valleys – and the sea ports. The Great Trains of Wales offer a wealth of industrial heritage but their journeys also take the passengers from the coast to the mountains, through some of the most spectacular scenery you could imagine. Pastures give way to trees as you steam past ancient woodlands, streams and waterfalls.