A Railway Journey from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth in 1964; Pure Film Gold

Of all the environmental transport projects mooted for West Wales this must be the most romantic. Traws Link Cymru campaigns for the restoration of the rail network in west Wales, believing it be a sustainable and, perhaps more importantly, socially inclusive project. In effect you would be able to travel by railway from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth. And who wouldn't like THAT journey? To find out how it was, try this fascination 20 minute excursion. This film (courtesy of Michael Clemens Railways) is a classic railway journey. Taking in Carmarthen, Bronwydd Arms, Henllan, Newcastle Emlyn, Bryn Teify, Maesycrugiau, Llandysul, Lampeter, Aberayron Junction, Talsarn, Felinfach, Derry Ormond, Llangeitho, Tregaron, Strata Florida, Caradoc Falls (!), Trawscoed, Llanilar, Llanrhystud Road, the trip to Abersytwyth would have taken 2 - 3 hours.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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