Heart of Wales Line

Heart Of Wales Line

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The Heart of Wales Line () is a railway line running from Craven Arms in Shropshire to Llanelli in South Wales. It runs, as the name suggests, through some of the heartlands of Wales. It serves a number of rural centres en route, including several once fashionable spa towns, including Llandrindod Wells. At Builth Road, two miles (3.3 km) from the town of Builth Wells, the line formerly crossed the route of the earlier Mid Wales Railway, which closed in the 1960s.

History

Historically the line was known as the Central Wales Line () and also included routes through Gowerton, where the railway crossed the West Wales Line and ran through Dunvant and Killay then down through the Clyne Valley to Blackpill, and then along the sea wall to Swansea Bay station, (near the former slip bridge) before finally reaching Swansea Victoria. This section, originally built by the Llanelly Railway and Dock Company to compete with the Great Western Railway and break the monopoly they held on Swansea Dock, closed in 1964. Nationalisation of the railways had removed the need for competing routes, and the running down and closure of Swansea North Dock ended the need for freight services on this section. Trains now use the original LR main line to reach the West Wales Line at Llandeilo Junction and thence and (after a reversal) .

North of , the route was opened in stages between 1861 and 1868 by a number of different companies (all backed by the LNWR) - the Knighton Railway, the Central Wales......
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