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Bradshaw’s Guide

Swansea to Merthyr

Vale of Neath Railway

The Swansea terminus of this line is situated in Wind Street. Taking our departure hence, we very soon arrive at Briton Ferry, prettily situated at the entrance of the river Neath. About 2½ miles further are the extensive remains of a Cistercian Abbey, now accommodated with a station. It was built by Richard De Granville, in 1129, and is well worth a visit. A mile and a quarter beyond this brings us to the town of

Glamorganshire : Neath

Neath is a busy place, from its being a coal and mineral port.

We next come to the stations of Aberdylais, Resolven, and Glyn Neath. From this point, Craig-y-linn, the highest mountain in Glamorganshire, with its lakes and ravines, and which here makes a bold horseshoe sweep, raising its huge bulk against the sky, may be reached.

Hirwain, junction of line to Aberdare, Llydcoed, and Abernant stations follow, arriving at

Glamorganshire : Merthyr Tydvil

Merthyr Tydvil is a parliamentary borough, and great mining town, in South Wales, 21 miles from Cardiff, with which there is railway communication by a branch out of the South Wales line.

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