The Plynlimon & Hafan Tramway

The Plynlimon & Hafan Tramway in mid-Wales was a seven-and-a-quarter mile long narrow gauge railway, built to serve the lead mines and quarries in the hills east of Tal-y-bont near Aberystwyth. It was built in 1897 to the unusual gauge of 2ft 3in (686mm), the same as the nearby Talyllyn & Corris railways, but was never successful, and closed just two years later. A full history of the railway is given in The Plynlimon & Hafan Tramway by E A Wade, which can be purchased directly from the publishers, Twelveheads Press. The locomotives and passenger coach are long gone, though some wagons still exist (though much rebuilt) on the Vale of Rheidol, and a replica coach has been built for the Launceston Steam Railway.

Despite having been closed for over a century, much of the trackbed remains intact. Much of the lower part of the line runs across private farmland, and is therefore less accessible, but the upper part runs over open moorland and makes a reasonably easy walk, though proper outdoor gear and good walking boots are necessary.

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