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What difference?
At the dawn of the Railway Age, timber
was in widespread use for the construction of railway infrastructure. Explore the story of timber rail structures in Wales, source of materials
vital to the Industrial Revolution.
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Timber Railway Viaducts in Wales
introduction |  use of timber |  Brunel in South Wales |  Rhys William Jones
South Wales Railway |  Vale of Neath Railway |  Cambrian Coast Railway
other timber railway structures |  sources + reading list
Principal sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2
ed. P.M.S. Cross-Rudkin et al .... Thomas Telford Publishing, London, 2008
Brunel in South Wales, Volume I: In Trevithick's Tracks
by Stephen K. Jones .... Tempus Publishing Ltd, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2005
Brunel in South Wales. Volume II: Communications and Coal
by Stephen K. Jones .... Tempus Publishing Ltd, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2007
Brunel in South Wales. Volume III: Links with Leviathans
by Stephen K. Jones .... Tempus Publishing Ltd, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2012
Civil Engineering Heritage: Wales
by Keith Thomas .... Phillimore & Co Ltd, Hampshire, UK, 2010
The Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1
ed. Prof. Sir Alec Skempton et al .... Thomas Telford Publishing, London, 2002
Further reading
Brunel's Cornish Viaducts
by John Binding .... Pendragon Books, 1993
Description of Viaducts Across the Estuaries on the Line of the Cambrian Railway
by Henry Conybeare .... Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, Vol.32, pp.137-145, January 1871
The Tithe Maps of Wales, A Guide to the tithe maps and apportionments of Wales in the National Library of Wales
by Robert Davies .... 1999
Description of the Landore Viaduct, on the Line of the South Wales Railway
by Lavington Evans Fletcher .... Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, Vol.14, pp.492-503, January 1855
Copperopolis: Landscapes of the Early Industrial Period in Swansea
by Stephen Hughes .... Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 2008
The Cambrian Railways: A New History
by Peter Johnson .... Oxford Publishing Company, Hersham, Surrey, 2013
Timber Viaducts: Loughor and Pont Brewit
by Stephen Jones .... ICE Wales Cymru Newsletter, November 2013
Timber Bridges
by Christopher J. Mettem .... Routledge, 2013
The Works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel: An Engineering Appreciation
by Alfred Pugsley .... Cambridge University Press, 1980
esp. Chapter VI Timber Works by Dr L.G. Booth
Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry
by John and Sheila Rowlands .... Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999
Conservation of Bridges
by Graham Tilly .... Spon Press, 2002
River Severn and South Wales Railway
by James Walker .... ICE Record Acc No.1845 WALRSS, London, 1845
Borough of Kidwelly Minutes
23 January 1846, p.361, WHM (Bill Morris collection), Carmarthen Record Office
Design & Access Statement in Support of an Application for Listed Building Consent for Demolition at Pont Briwet, Penrhyndeudraeth
prepared for Network Rail, Gwynedd Council, TraCC for submission to the Snowdonia National Park Authority, undated
Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Local Map-makers of Great Britain and Ireland, 1530-1850, Vol.2
Glamorgan, Monmouth and Brecon Gazette and Merthyr Guardian
2nd September 1837
Obituary: Rhys William Jones, 1804-1864
Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, Vol.28, pp.608-610, January 1869
Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command
H.M. Stationery Office, London, Vol.15, 1842
http://cadw.wales.gov.uk
http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk
www.coflein.gov.uk
www.ice.org.uk
www.nce.co.uk
www.networkrail.co.uk
www.railway-technology.com
www.therailengineer.com
introduction |  use of timber |  Brunel in South Wales |  Rhys William Jones
South Wales Railway |  Vale of Neath Railway |  Cambrian Coast Railway
other timber railway structures |  sources + reading list

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