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Abersychan Limestone Railway
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 07226g Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Abersychan Unitary authority : Torfaen NGR : SO2819904626 Site Type (preferred type first) : Post-Medieval Tramway / Post-Medieval Trackway Status : Scheduled Monument
Summary : Former route of the Abersychan Limestone Railway. Constructed c. 1830 to carry limestone westwards from Cwm Lascarn quarry to the British Ironworks. Of special historic interest given its unique status in South Wales as it was constructed of wrought-iron fish-belly rails as opposed to the usual plate rails or cast-iron bars.
Description : Previously identified as a trackway, this is the former route of the Abersychan Limestone Railway. Constructed c. 1830 to carry limestone westwards from Cwm Lascarn quarry to the British Ironworks. Of special historic interest given its unique status in South Wales as it was constructed of wrought-iron fish-belly rails as opposed to the usual plate rails or cast-iron bars. Thought to be abandoned by 1876, its route can be followed along Lodge Road, Foundry Road, Union Street, Broad Street and Station Street to Ffrwd Road and along a footpath through Lascarn Woods. Approximately 55% of the tramroad still survives in varying condition (see condition description for full details). Surviving features include stone blocks and revetment (Roberts and Jones 2006).
Trackway, presumably in use as a tramway for horse drawn vehicles in 19thC. Meets course of FE road, S through Lasgarn Woods.
Roberts, R. Jones, C. , 2006 , Southeast Wales Industrial Ironworks Landscape Year 2: transport networks
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01/Desc Text/Cadw/New Entry to the schedule of monuments/2007/Copy in further information file.