John Speller's Web Pages Newtown & Machynlleth Railway (Cambrian Railways)

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Newtown & Machynlleth Railway (Cambrian Railways)
The Newtown and Machynlleth Railway was one of the small companies that built the line from Shrewsbury to Pwhelli and Aberystwyth. It was incorporated by an Act of 27 July 1857 to build a 23-mile line from Newtown to Machynlleth in Montgomeryshire. The first sod was cut by Countess Vane in 1858. Construction began in 1860 and the company employed Messrs. Davies & Savin (Edward Davies and Thomas Savin) of Llandinam as contractors. The opening at Machynlleth took place in 1863 at a ceremony at which Earl Vane, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn and the Marquis of Blandford gave celebratory speeches. The line was merged into Cambrian Railways in July 1864, and became part of the Great Western Railway on 1 January 1922. It is currently served by Arriva Trains Wales.
Machynlleth station on opening day in 1863. Print from the Illustrated London News
Map of the Newtown & Machynlleth Railway extracted from theRailway Clearing House map of Central Wales
Machynlleth station in 1885 with the celebrated Cambrian Railways 2-4-0 locomotive "Albion," built by Sharp, Stewart & Co. in 1863, and shown as later fitted with cab. Image courtesy of the National Library of Wales
The former station house in the village of Llanbrynmair, where my great-grandfather was born in 1858. The station was one of the smaller ones on the line and closed under the Beeching Axe. Image reproduced under this Creative Commons License
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