Proposed London to Porth Dinllaen Railway Report

Scope and Content

Report on the various lines by which a railway could be carried from London to Porth Dinllaen in north Wales, made by Charles B. Vignoles, Civil Engineer. It is addressed to the Commissioners for Enquiring into the best system of Railway Communications through Ireland. The document is written in a clear hand and bears evidence to the logical precision and professional ability of the great railway engineer.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1844 the construction of the Chester and Holyhead Railway was authorised in order to speed up communication between London and Ireland. As a result, Holyhead grew into an important port. Previously, proposals had been made for the railway route to go from Bangor to Porth Dinllaen.

For an account of the career of Charles Blacker Vignoles, 1793-1875, Civil Engineer, consult Life of C.B. Vignoles by O.J. Vignoles, 1889.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, April 2003.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 400

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Related Material

Further papers relating to Charles Blacker Vignoles are held at the British Library.