Post War Years
World War (1939-1945) affected Swansea very badly. Heavy bombing raids
known as 'The Blitz' caused chaos and severe damage to many buildings
in the centre and suburbs. The picture below shows the damage caused after
one of the bombing raids. The roads were often cluttered with rubble.
This made transportation difficult.
Railway became an important form of transport during the war years. The
electric powered trains were unaffected by petrol rationing.
Did you know that the trains of the Mumbles Railway were stored at various
locations along the route during the war years? This was done in order
to minimise potential damage to the trains during bombing raids. If all
the trains had been stored at Rutland Street, they could have all been
destroyed by one bomb!
this video, Mr W. Pickard recounts the steps taken by South Wales
Transport to save any possible damage to the Mumbles Train during
air raids. The Clyne Valley, which Mr Pickard mentions, was a steep
incline which many trains had great difficulty in climbing. If you
look at the Route Map, you can see Clyne Common marked opposite Blackpill
Station. The Clyne Valley railway line passed along Clyne Common.
the Mumbles Railway celebrated its 150th anniversary. Local people dressed
up in period costume to mark the occasion. Special trains also ran.
celebrations displayed replica constructions of earlier horse and steam
hauled trains. The picture above right shows the scene at Oystermouth
station. You can also see a film clip of this event by clicking on the
camera icon. Watch the film clip carefully, listen to the song and write
a commentary to describe the events.
Did you know that during the 1954 anniversary celebrations, the steam
train was actually a diesel locomotive? It was disguised as a steam locomotive
show tramcars at the Depot and the Rutland Street Terminus during the
Did you know that the Mumbles Railway was the only railway in this country
(and possibly the world) which was controlled by a bus company?
Did you know that the Mumbles Railway used four different forms of
motive power? These were horse, air, steam and overhead electric traction.
On the left
below, a Mumbles Train of the 1950's waits at Blackpill Station with the
electricity sub-station in the background. The train on the right is travelling
towards Mumbles and has just left St. Helen's Road Station. The Shrewsbury
line is on the left and the Patti Pavilion is in the top right corner
of the picture.
||Click on the projector icon to see a
film which was made in 1954 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of
the Mumbles Train. The film takes the history and development of the
Mumbles Railway as its theme, depicting scenes of horse-drawn trains,
steam locomotives and the electric tram. Look out for the children
performing tricks, the way in which people are dressed and other features
of importance to the Mumbles, for instance the Mumbles Lifeboat.
below shows a Mumbles Train at the Mumbles Pier Terminus during the 1950's.
The cafe and pier can be seen in the background. The pier provided a major
attraction for travellers on the train, as did the nearby beaches at Bracelet
Bay and Limeslade.
Did you know that the Mumbles Pier was the venue for numerous attractions?
These included local band concerts, choral competitions, firework
displays and aquatic sports, considered by many to be the best in
the Bristol channel!