SM9436 : Bridge across a railway line which never was

taken 7 years ago, near to Manorowen, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Bridge across a railway line which never was
Bridge across a railway line which never was
The story - as told to ceridwen LinkExternal link by the local historian Roy Lewis - is that early in the 20th century the GWR started work on a new approach route to its terminus at Fishguard harbour, along an alignment with easier gradients. Work on the new route was at an advanced stage when war intervened in 1914. From what ceridwen was able to show me I would guess that all of the basic engineering was complete, and little remained to be done other than laying the track and installing signalling.

For whatever reason the project was not proceeded with post-war. Perhaps the reason was shortage of manpower, perhaps it was that the modern locomotive stud introduced by GJ Churchward coped better with the gradients of the existing route.

I have to thank ceridwen for alerting me to the existence of this line, and for navigating to this rather out of the way spot.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 23 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 26 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Railways  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 9406 3677 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:59.4658N 5:0.0533W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 9404 3673
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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