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Ystrad Meurig Railway

Ystrad Meurig station called Starta Florida - Ystrad Fleur in Welsh, was the name of an Abbey 4km down the road in Pontrhydfendigaid. The station was situated in rural Ceredigion -then Cardiganshire- on the old Manchester and Milford Railway line, which later became part of the burgeoning GWR. The original purpose of the line was to carry on due North East from Ystrad Meurig through the wilds of Pumlimon to connect with the Cambrian Line at Llanidloes as it happened the company ran short of money and it was instead decided to veer left to Aberystwyth through the Rheidol Valley. The buildings are like many on the line of simple construction, but very distinctive and practical. They were built of corrugated iron on a metal and wood frame with brick chimneys. The goods shed was also of corrugated iron and the whole station survived in this sparten format until the early 1960s. It was only the Railway workers cottages and Station Masters house that survived in the same location.Some of the other metal buildings were taken away and used as farm sheds.People in Ceredigion like to salvage whatever they can! These are built of local stone and are occupied today-although much alterred in appearance. The window lintels in the cottages are actually made of old railway sleepers - not replicated in the model I am afraid! If you are interested in the line there is a book published by Oxford publishing that explains the development of the route. It is out of print, I borrowed it from the Library!

[thumbnail]00 platform booking office based on prototype at Ystrad Meurig(Strata Florida)Ceredigion- Model for Pontrhydfendigaid Model Railway Club click for larger image (36k)
[thumbnail]A photo showing the booking office at Ystrad Meurig, modeled above click for larger image (33k)
[thumbnail]Rear view of booking office at Ystrad Meurig click for larger image (55k)
[thumbnail]00 goods shed -prototype as at Ystrad Meurig (Starta Florida) Model for Pontrhydfendigaid MRC. click for larger image (80k)
[thumbnail]00 waiting shelter Ystrad Meurig -Pontrhydfendigaid MRC. See also the photo of a shelter from Tregaron in the Inspiration and Research section. click for larger image (36k)
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