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Oystermouth Railway

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See Swansea and Mumbles Railway.

It was sanctioned by 44 George III, c 55 of June 29th 1804, as a railway or tramroad for the passage of wagons and other carriages from the Swansea Canal at Brewery Bank in Swansea to Castle Hill in Oystermouth, and a branch from the Mount in Swansea to Swansea Pier, and one from "a certain place near Black Pill to or nearly to a certain place called Ynys".

A remarkable feature about this Act was that the "haling or drawing" of the wagons and other carriages was to be done with "men, horses or otherwise." There were, however, no powers to carry passengers. Despite this, the line was more used for passenger traffic than for goods.

1814 The railway opened in 1814.

1816 Passengers were conveyed in horse-drawn stagecoaches, which certainly were running in 1816. Brewster's " Edinburgh Encyclopedia. " (1824) said that " at Oystermouth a stage coach plies daily with passengers, which appears to be its chief trade."

1893 The Oystermouth Company continued its existence until 1893, when a new company was formed - The Swansea and Mumbles Railway.

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