Bethlehem, a P.S.
Tuesday, 28 December 2021
Seasonal Snippets 28/12
Between Llandeilo and Llangadog runs the Towy Valley a k a Dyffryn Tywi, the A40 (GREEN), an unclassified road via Bethlehem (YELLOW on larger scale maps), the Heart of Wales railway (thin BLACK line) and, of course, the River (BLUE).
fbb wondered whether there were any roads or tracks which linked Manordeilo with Bethlehem. But none seemed obvious. But turn up the scale and a possibility emerges, but at 1 inch to the mile (or whatever that is in the new money) there was nothing obvious.
The river always gets in the way!
Maybe turn it up one more notch - and wowsers!
... but, in typical Welsh fashion, the way becomes narrow!
Opened in 1858 on the Vale of Towy Railway's line from Llandeilo to Llandovery, later part of the Central Wales Line, this station closed in 1955. It was known as Glan Rhyd in the handbook of stations. It closed on 20 July 1931 but reopened as Glanrhyd Halt on 19 December 1938. It always remained open for milk traffic! In some timetables it was shown as "Glan Rhyd".
And there, on an old map, is the station, the level crossing and, at the river, the ford as guessed by fbb.
On 19 October 1987, a train on the Heart of Wales line derailed and fell into the River Towy due to the partial collapse of the Glanrhyd Bridge near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. Four people died as a result of the tragedy; the driver and three of the passengers drowned.fbb does no usually refer to accidents, especially if they involve tragic loss of life; but in this case it gives us some pictures of the bridge. And those pictures do show the remains of the footpath that was provided as a replacement for the ford. fine views of the river.
From the far side, there are two walking routes.
Meanwhile, once again thanks to Roy, a few pictures of festive destinations on show in Sheffield.
From First Bus:-
When will they ever learn?
Next X57 blog - plus : Wednesday 29th December