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Great Mountain Railway, Llanelli

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  1. Tim Light

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    I'm trying to update my database of Railway Preservation schemes, and there are a couple that I'm unsure about. One of them is the Great Mountain Railway, Llanelli. My notes suggest that this scheme existed in the early 1990s, and had the following locos on site:

    AE1234 of 1907. No further details.
    Brush 3097 of 1956. 0-4-0DE. Now at Chasewater.
    EE D1199 of 1967. 0-6-0DH.
    RH418790 of 1958. 0-4-0DM.

    Is this scheme now defunct?

    Does anyone have any further info about this scheme, e.g. what were its aims? Did it ever open to the public? Or run any trains?

    Where was its base? When did they move in? When was it wound up?

    What happened to its locos and stock? Were there any other locos not listed above?

    Thanks (in anticipation).
     
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    Do you mean the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway, more information here

    https://www.llanellirailway.co.uk/

    Regards

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    D1199 is ‘Castlefield’ at Peak Rail.
    418790 is at The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries.

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  4. Tim Light

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    Matt

    It could be a continuation/offshoot of the same scheme. The Wikipedia page for L&MMR says that there was a scheme by the Llanelli and District Railway Society to save the L&MMR main line, but this was thwarted when BR sold the trackbed for a cycleway. They then refocused on creating a heritage operation based on old colliery land at Cynheidre. Perhaps Great Mountain Railway was a name used for the original scheme.

    Thanks for your response.
     
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    Thanks for this. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation sounds like an intriguing place!
     
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    Hmmm ... just checking.

    There is a D1199 at Peak Rail, but it's a Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0DM. My notes say that the Llanelli engine was an English Electric 0-6-0DH.
     
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    Further checking reveals a D1199 EE 0-6-0DH at Barrow Hill. Don't know who owns it or whether it is still preserved.
     
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    Literally translated, mynydd mawr means big mountain so that could be where the term great mountain comes from. I’ve certainly never heard of a great mountain railway.
     
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    That would make sense. I think I got my early info from Railways Restored. I don't still have those old issues so I can't check.
     

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