A brief history of the Swansea & Mumbles Railway


An Act of Parliament approved the laying of a railway line between Swansea and Oystermouth, for the transport of quarried materials, namely coal and limestone, to Swansea Docks.

Mumbles Train
Mumbles Train (Horse) early on


The first passenger railway in the world began ferrying passengers from The Mount in Swansea, the world's first recorded railway station.


The railway was re-laid to the standard railway gauge and a horse-drawn passenger service was re-introduced between Swansea and Oystermouth.
Mumbles Train (horse) in 1855
Mumbles Train at Rutland Street Depot


The horse-drawn carriage was replaced with a steam train locomotive named 'Pioneer'.


Work begins to extend the railway line from Oystermouth to the new pier at Mumbles Head
Mumbles Train at Southend
Mumbles Train at Southend


The extension to Southend opens for use.


The Swansea and Mumbles Railway now runs all the way down to Mumbles Pier.
Mumbles Train (steam) at the pier
Mumbles Train (electric) at Norton


The line is electrified and a full electric service begins on March 2nd 1929 using a fleet of eleven double-deck cars built by the Brush Electrical Engineering Co of Loughborough. This would be extended to thirteen cars, each capable of carrying 106 passengers. Some trains were doubled up, increasing the capacity to 212 passengers.


The Swansea and Mumbles Railway is sold to the South Wales Transport Company, the principal operator of motor bus services in Swansea. In 1959, they went to parliament with a proposal to close the railway and, after a bitter campaign to save the Mumbles Railway, won.
Mumbles Train (electric) inside
Mumbles Train (electric) at Ashleigh Road


The railway section from Southend to the Pier was closed on 11 October 1959


On the 5th January 1960, the train ran from Swansea to Mumbles and back. Driven by Frank Dunkin and full of local dignitaries, it was the final time the Mumbles Train would run. Within a very short time of the train returning to Rutland Street depot, work began on dismantling both the track and the cars.

The Last Train 1960
Sad End to the Mumbles Train


The front of Car No 7 was saved for preservation; following years of neglect it was initially restored in the early 1970s and is now on display in the Tram Shed in Swansea's Maritime Quarter.
Lottery Heritage Fund
Mumbles Community Council

Mumbles Railway Trail is a Mumbles Development Trust project funded by: National Lottery Heritage Fund, GWR Community Fund, Swansea Council, Mumbles Community Council, and with community donations raised through Crowdfund Swansea.
CONTACT US at: mdtmumbles@gmail.com

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