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Vale of Neath Railway
The Vale of Neath Railway was a broad gauge line from Neath to Merthyr Tydfil. It had running rights over the Swansea and Neath Railway which gave it access to the docks at Swansea. The line opened on 24 September 1851. It became part of the Great Western Railway on 1 February 1865.
Brunel's timber Dare Viaduct on the Vale of Neath Railway Dare Branch near Aberdare. The branch officially closed in 1929 but the viaduct survived until 1947 and the occasional Sunday School outing is known to have been run over the line until at least 1935
Accident at the V of N station in Merthyr 16 May 1874. A broken coupling caused goods wagons to break loose and hit a Brecon & Merthyr passenger train. 52 passengers were injured, one fatally
Vale of Neath Railway broad gauge 0-6-0ST No. 19, built by Slaughter, Gruning & Co. in 1861
Iron Broad Gauge Third Class Carriage, Vale of Neath Railway
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