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 I have researched the history of the Red Wharf Bay Railway and have a considerable collection of photographs that can be seen on my Power Point presentation.

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The Red Wharf Bay Railway was built for the L&NWR and opened 100 years ago in 1909 between Holland Arms station on the Amlwch branch to Red Wharf BAy & Benllech station. 

It closely followed a proposed coal tramroad route of c1812 for most of its length. Three tramroad routes were considered together with a couple of canal proposals to move coal to the coast, but the costs were too high.

It was almost a century later that the standard gauge railway finally arrived in the form of a single line branch, or more like a 'twig' off a branch.

Passenger traffic finished in 1930, after just 3 years in the ownership of the LMS (London Midland & Scottish). Goods traffic struggled on until 1950 when it finally closed for a trial period, but to never reopen. Track was removed by 1953 and nature left to take over once more.

Parts of the trackbed can be seen today, but it is all on private land.

If you wish to explore the old line please take care where you walk and seek permission first wherever practical. Also beware of wildlife and farm animals and always keep gates closed. Take decent walking boots and clothing as some parts of the route are a fair distance from shelter. Some parts are heavily overgrown and most bridges have been removed. 

 

 See the short article and some sample photogrpaphs on the two-page  BBC website and the reader's comments:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northwest/sites/history/pages/wharfbayrailway.shtml

 

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