119 Swansea slip bridge

Description

spanning the mumbles road as a route to swansea bay from the mainland is the Slip Bridge

see the up to date progress here
here are the future plans

what trip advisor has to say

The slip bridge was designed to span both road and rail links to the Mumbles at a time when the swansea – mumbles trams . The bridge has recently undergone some alterations as well as more planned for the near future.

more on the railway here

 

initially my bridge will be available in 1/76 to compliment my oo/ho tram. hopefully n and z gauges will follow and will consist of the steel section only, the stone abutments and stairs will follow.

from wikipedia:

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway was the venue for the world’s first passenger horsecar railway service,[1] located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

Originally built under an act of Parliament of 1804 to move limestone from the quarries of Mumbles to Swansea and to the markets beyond, it carried the world’s first fare-paying railway passengers under an agreement effective from 25 March 1807. It later moved from horse power to steam locomotion, and was finally converted to electric power, using the largest tram cars ever built for service in Britain, before closing in January 1960, in favour of motor buses.[1]

At the time of the railway’s closure, it was claimed to have been the world’s longest serving railway, although this distinction has to be qualified because other railways which were used solely for goods traffic (e.g. the Middleton Railway in Leeds, Yorkshire, dating from 1758) had been operating for longer.

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