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Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)

Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June) 1964

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Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June) 1964

12 mins Wales

Record of one of the last train rides – on the “old puff puff” - from Swansea’s Victoria Station to Pontardulais. The line was closed soon afterwards, part of the reshaping of the railway system undertaken by Dr Beeching, chair of the British Railways Board. The footage was shot by Swansea’s Borough Librarian, Leslie M Rees, and his deputy, with Mr Rees later providing a commentary (he happens to mention that the jail, seen in passing, has an excellent branch library).

This line ran from Swansea Victoria to Pontardulais, calling at Swansea Bay, Mumbles Road, both Killay and Dunvant at one time, Gowerton, Gorseinon and Grovesend. Once the Beeching axe struck, the train ran simply from Swansea to Gowerton and on to Llanelli and from Llanelli to Pontarddulais via Bynea and Llangennech. The ‘new face of British Railways’ is seen – a diesel train (“not half so romantic as the old puff puff”) heading for Shrewsbury, few passengers embarking or disembarking. “Of course”, comments Mr Rees, “that probably is the reason why all these trains are being taken off, we just don’t use them.”

National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional

Genres

Amateur film

Tags

Rail transport Railway workers Trains Railway stations

Collection

Most Popular Free 2016 Going Places

Released

1964

Country

Wales

Language

English

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