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Author Hendreddu, Gartheiniog and Maesygamfa (plus more)
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Hendreddu, Gartheiniog and Maesygamfa (plus more)
Posted: 06/09/2018 00:21:35
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I'm in the final stages of writing a new book on the Hendre Ddu Tramway, which ran west from Aberangell. I have fairly extensive coverage of the slate mines associated with the tramway: Hendreddu itself, Gartheiniog/Hendremeredydd, Maesygamfa and the more obscure quarries at Cwmllecoediog and Talymierin.

Several members of AditNow have already helped tremendously with trip reports and photographs.

This is a final call for anyone who has explored any of these mines. I'd love to hear from you. I'm always interested to exchange information, photographs and reports.

My book is due to be published next summer, and I hope will be close to a definitive account of these quarries and the Tramway.

Thanks,

Dan
http://danquine.com/rail.php
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Hendreddu, Gartheiniog and Maesygamfa (plus more)
Posted: 06/09/2018 09:33:15
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Hope it is going well!

All the best
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Hendreddu, Gartheiniog and Maesygamfa (plus more)
Posted: 06/09/2018 17:20:59
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Excellent stuff. I've always been rather fascinated by the Hendre Ddu tramway since I read about it in Boyd many moons ago. Am I imagining it or has the bow frame simplex survived? IP: 31.50.160.95
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Hendreddu, Gartheiniog and Maesygamfa (plus more)
Posted: 06/09/2018 17:27:38
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Yes, it has, owned by Robin Pearman. I don't know (off hand) where it is at present. IP: 81.153.124.238
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Hendreddu, Gartheiniog and Maesygamfa (plus more)
Posted: 06/09/2018 17:48:02
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It is Motor Rail (Simplex) works number 2059 of 1920.
The tramway acquired it in 1922.
It is now at Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire.
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Posted: 16/09/2018 17:58:07
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Thanks John. Yes, the Motor Rail indeed exists. I have been in touch with the Pearman family. Motor Rail 2059 was ordered in late 1920, and arrived at Aberangell on 7th. January 1921. It worked on the tramway until 1938. In 1939, it was sold to Fred Watkins, a light railway dealer in the Forest of Dean. From there it went to the Gillingham Pottery Brick and Tile Company in Dorset in 1940, where it worked for the next decade or so.

In 1968, the pottery closed, although 2059 had probably not worked in some time. It was purchased by Rob Pearman in December 1970 who moved it to Potters Bar. It is now owned by Rob's son.

A lot more detail of the loco in the book.
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