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Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Co., records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RHOSEA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Co. Records

Short Title: Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Co., records

Creation date(s): 1883-1898

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.038 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Co.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway (RSBR) was incorporated on 10 August 1882 for the purpose of connecting Swansea with the Rhondda Valley. This extension provided an alternative route for bringing coal from the Rhondda valley to the Swansea Bay ports. The route stretched from Treherbert to Briton Ferry, which included the two mile Rhondda Tunnel. The tunnel, connecting the Afan Valley with the Rhondda Valley, was the longest tunnel in Wales. It was opened to traffic in July 1890. The single-line tunnel split into double track on emerging from Rhondda reaching Blaenrhondda, the RSBR's only station in the Rhondda. From there, the line continued to the Taff Vale lines at Treherbert and had branches to Aberavon and Port Talbot docks. It was later extended to Swansea with a branch to Neath, bringing the total length to 31 miles. The first section of the RSBR was opened to passenger traffic on 25 June 1885.The line was worked by the Great Western Railway from January 1906 under an agreement dated 2nd July 1906 and absorbed into the GWR as from 1 January 1922 by virtue of the Railways Act dated 19 August 1921. The Blaenrhondda Tunnel was closed in 1968, followed soon by the whole of the old RSBR line.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records, 1883-98, relating mainly to a case of alleged breaeh of contract between the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company and William Jones of Neath, building contractor. They include the records of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company, 1878-1894, mainly financial; account books of William Jones of Neath, one of the contractors involved in building the Rhondda tunnel, 1884-1898, and papers relating to the breach of contract, 1884-1896, brought by William Jones against the company.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company contract number 3 records; records of William Jones, Neath, building contractor; papers relating to the claim of breach of contract made by W. J. against the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company; miscellaneous volume

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in 'Minor Lists and Summaries 1986' at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Dylan's Book Store, July 1985.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Minor Lists and Summaries 1986; Lazarus, Bernard, 'Through the Tunnel from Treherbert : Memories of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway', Steam Days, 60 (August 1994), pp. 460-468; Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Railway companies | Wales | Glamorgan
Railway tunnels | Wales | Glamorgan
Railway tunnels | Wales | Rhondda valley
Railways | Wales | Glamorgan
Railways | Wales | Rhondda
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Jones , William , fl. 1878-1898

Corporate names
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company

Places
Rhondda (Wales)
Swansea (Wales)

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