A visit to the Talyllyn Railway, Bryneglwys Quarry and Abergynolwyn.
Posted: Tuesday 17 July 2018
As a part of my work experience with the Economy and Community department at Cyngor Gwynedd, we went to visit Bryneglwys quarry, Abergynolwyn and the Talyllyn Railway as it is one of the seven areas that will be included in the nomination for World Heritage Site status.
There are breath-taking views from the quarry, with many piles of slates that were left behind, due to only a very small percentage being good enough to turn into slates. There are signs of industry still there. In the museum by the train station, there was many old models of trains and carts, volunteers run the station and the museum.
One obvious model was the ‘Car Gwyllt’ (Wild Cart) . Its purpose was to carry slates back and forth from the mine down to the train, but the workers also used it to make their trip home easier and faster. It’s obvious that there is value in keeping areas like these under special status, due to the big background behind them.