Pontyllyfni

00, London Midland and Scottish Railway

Description    A projected railway in the 1830’s along the North Wales Coast to Porth Dinllaen did not mature. But November 1844 saw two schemes: these united as the 28˝-mile (45.8km) North Wales Railway (NWR), engineered by Sir John Rennie and Thomas Page, from Bangor to the east side of Caernarvon, thence by the expensive coastal route on the seaward side of Yr Eifl to Porth Dinllaen. The Chester and Holyhead Railway supported the NWR as a useful feeder, and counter to a Bill backed by the GWR. The North Wales Railway received Royal Assent on 21 July 1845, but a general deterioration of NWR affairs led to wide and severe criticism and in 1849 deputy chairman William Chadwick was forced to produce the company's books. They were found to be, illegally, in code, which when deciphered revealed gross financial manipulation. The CHR refused to help, and the NWR was finished. I have rewritten history with the NWR relaunched as the North Wales Coast Light Railway in 1898 but built only as fat as Pontyllyfni and rapidly taken over by the London North Western Railway (LNWR). In 1923 the LNWR and other companies merged to form the London Midland & Scottish Railway. The layout is set in 1938 with the timetable is at its not very high peek. Local passenger services hauled by Jintys at approximately two hours intervals some are ‘semi-fast’ missing the halts. Also goods trains hauled by 4Fs stop frequently to shunt the sidings.