The old stations visited by the Mumbles train which was once used by thousands of passengers
The world’s first passenger railroad began with horse-drawn service.
Following an Act of Parliament in 1804, permission was granted to move limestone from the quarries of Mumbles to Swansea and to more distant markets, and three years later the first fare-paying passengers took place.
Horse power shifted to steam locomotion, and then eventually to electricity, and it turned out to be extremely popular – Dylan Thomas was a regular user and wrote about his journeys to the Mumbles.
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But it closed in 1960, with growing popularity of motor cars and buses, which also sealed the fate of more than 2,000 stations across the UK four years later, under the Beeching Cuts, which sought to optimize the efficiency of the country’s rail network.
But here are a few examples of the stations where the Mumbles train stopped along Swansea Bay – and what they look like now.
It is one of Mumbles’ top destinations for tourists, visitors and residents, but the iconic pier has changed significantly since the days it was visited by train.
BSouthend doesn’t look much different from the days the train has passed.
Nowadays, Mumbles Square is a parking lot, despite a number of development plans hinted at over the years, but it was once the destination for the eponymous rail service.
Halfway between town, the train stopped at West Cross, near where the popular West Cross Inn now stands.
The lido halfway between Swansea and Mumbles is a popular tourist attraction today, with a busy cafe, but the building was once a train station
A short distance from St Helens, Brynmill Station served passengers visiting Singleton or Brynmill Parks, or another part of Swansea Bay.
Situated next to St Helen’s rugby and cricket ground, the resort was ideal for sports enthusiasts
The Bay View remains a popular pub and restaurant on Oystermouth Road, but at the height of the Mumbles train it was a major stopover for travelers, known as The Slip, who came in their thousands to enjoy the sand and the sea.
At the other end of the bay to Mumbles was Swansea Victoria station. One of the victims of the Beeching ax, this was the site of what is now the LC
The service would end at Rutland Street, which was once located next to St Mary’s Church, but disappeared under part of the old St David’s Shopping Center when it was built in the early 1980s.
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