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Railway van home 75 years later.

A HISTORIC railway cattle van has returned to its former home in Aberystwyth after an absence of more than 75 years.

Built as one of a pair by the Great Western Railway for transporting livestock, the wagon was supplied new to the Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) to cater for projected growth in agricultural traffic. Sadly this development never materialised and in 1937 both vans were transferred to the nearby Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, which was also part of the Great Western Railway. There they saw service until the closure of that line in 1956.

In 1960, one of the wagons was sold to the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog where it saw a variety of uses including as a generator van, a bicycle wagon and, more recently, as a storeroom. Late last year the VoR made arrangements to reacquire the van.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2015
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