Barmouth Bridge

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Glad to see you back once more for another week of my desktop wallpaper shots. So far, from last summer’s North Wales holiday I’ve chosen shots showing off the beautiful landscapes of North Wales, it’s fantastic castles (which together form a world heritage site), some more varied shots, and a week of nautical shots. There’s just one week to go, and this week I’m picking a few shots of what, for me, was the subject I kept returning to time and time again during our holiday: the railway bridge across the Mawddach at Barmouth.

One of the distinctive features of the railway bridge are these twin portals for boats to pass underneath the bridge and up the Mawddach. Originally, there was a drawbridge to allow river traffic through, but this was replaced with a swing bridge in 1901. I must admit that it never occurred to me that the bridge was a swing bridge when I walked over it; it looked very permanent!

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Abandoned TVR Bridge Into Hailey Park

This bridge, clearly visible from the modern-day City Line south of Radyr Railway Station, used to carry trains across the River Taff, across Hailey Park upon an embankment, to link up with the main TVR line at Ty Mawr Bridge. This branch line was used to provide an alternative route into the railway sidings at Radyr Yard.

Radyr Yard itself is gone (closed in 1993; replaced by a modern housing estate), the railway embankment through Hailey Park has been removed, and all that remains is the bridge itself, fenced off but still spanning the Taff, serving no obvious useful purpose any more.


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