The Last Years of Steam Around Central Wales

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781553121
£13.29 £18.99
A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the 1950s and ’60s covering the railways around Central Wales and Herefordshire.

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The Last Years of Steam around Central Wales is a pictorial record of an area rich in railway history. The northern border of this region is broadly the railway from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury, the eastern border is the line from Shrewsbury to Abergavenny, while the southern border follows the route of the A40 from Abergavenny to Carmarthen.

Routes covered include Brecon to Talyllyn Junction, Three Cocks Junction, Hay-on-Wye, and Hereford; the Golden Valley Railway; Leominster to Titley Junction, Presteign, Kington, and Dolyhir; the Central Wales line from Craven Arms to Llandilo via Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, and Builth Road; the route of the ‘Cambrian Coast Express’ from Shrewsbury to Welshpool, Montgomery, Newtown, Carno, Talerddig, Cemmes Road, Machynlleth to Borth, and Aberystwyth; the mid-Wales route south from Moat Lane Junction via Llanidloes, Rhayader, Newbridge-on-Wye, and Builth Road; Aberystwyth to Tregaron, Lampeter, Pencader, and Carmarthen; and the Aberayron and Newcastle Emlyn branches. Each photograph is accompanied by an informative commentary.

BOOK ISBN 9781781553121
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 128 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 208 colour photographs



Michael Clemens and his late father in the 1950s and 1960s lived in Worcestershire, but travelled all over Britain, from Penzance to the north of Scotland, filming many now long closed railways and the steam locomotives that worked on them. The movie film collection, the largest of its kind in the UK, has been released by the author on thirty videos starting in the 1990s. The author’s website can be visited at and contains many hundreds of pages of railway memorabilia. This is his first book for Fonthill Media. Other titles in the series include: The Last Years of Steam Around Central Wales and The Last Years of Steam in Shropshire and the Severn Valley – all published by Fonthill Media in 2013.