Porthmadog, Beddgelert and South Snowdon Railway Draft Order

Scope and Content

Printed draft order of the Light Railway Commissioners authorising the construction of a light railway in the county of Caernarfon and the transfer to that Company of the powers conferred upon the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways (Beddgelert Light Railway Extension) Order, 1900 and other matters.

Administrative / Biographical History

According to Alan Turner, author of The Welsh Highland Railway, 1996, The Portmadoc, Beddgelert and South Snowdon Railway Co. was incorporated under an Act of Parliament dated 17th August 1901. The Act gave the new company powers to purchase the Croesor Tramway from the Portmadoc, Croesor and Beddgelert Tram Railway Co., and this purchase was made on the 30th June 1901 by the payment of £10,000 to the Receiver of the latter company, James Cholmeley Russell, who was also Receiver of the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways. The P.B. & S.S.R. was authorised to construct a railway between Portmadoc and Beddgelert utilising the Croesor Tramway part of the way. The North Wales Narrow Gauge had already obtained a Light Railway Order on the 3rd November 1900 authorising it to extend from Rhyd-ddu to Beddgelert. Thus by purchasing the North Wales Narrow Gauge, the P.B. & S.S.R. could provide the proposed through route. The P.B. & S.S.R. was further empowered, by and Act of Parliament dated 15th August 1904, to construct a line from Dinas northwards to reach Caernarfon harbour. Although the P.B. & S.S.R. purchased land to this end, no work was ever commenced on this line which would have relieved the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways dependence on the L.N.W.R. at Dinas Junction.


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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, January 2003.

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A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 24529

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