This a Project I put together to photo document the Kerry Branch Line from the former Kerry station to what is left of the station at Abermule to what is now remains of the disused the Kerry branch railway line which will one day the remains of the course of the line will be lost under overgrown vegetation, erosion from the river and a possible housing development.
I originally started the project February 2017 and then following much interest and comments added I decided to re visit our walk with my son Tom year later on 3/2/18 with some added knowledge and greater interest in this fascinating and interesting branch line hidden in a quiet part of wales, and what we must not forget that this railway played a huge part on world war one, the role was to transport wood from the kerry sawmills that was harvested on the kerry ridge way, that wood was used to in the trenches of northern France, yet it was used also to transport sheep to markets as well as people and goods.
Another important role the railway played was used for the transport of wheat and flour to the three mills that was in the Abermule gorge, you will see the mills on the photographic journey we made- the mills in order from the kerry end are Fron fraith mill,walk mill and finally Rock mill and not forgetting the railway served the goitre brickwork's so we can see for over 4 miles of branch line played a crucial service.
I moved from Newtown,Powys to Abermule Dingle in 1981 and lived next to the disused branch line till 1988, of which it was some were I walked along, played on,fished in the river mule and walked my dog,, at the time as a young person I never appreciated its history .
Saturday the 4th February 2017 I set out with my Son Tom to walk the 4 mile length of the track and photograph our account of what is left of the line.
Firstly I have to point out this is not a designated walk way or path and at one point we found a sign which you will see along the way from the ministry of transport that the line is not a public right of way, I would discourage walking it due to this reason and a few dangers along the way which you will see,
Tracing the route was a matter of trying to follow the best we can and were we can and asking landowners and follow at one point along the road alongside the track..
Source information we used were peoples accounts,, internet, we used OS Explorer Map 214 and our best source of information a book "The Mawddwy, Van & Kerry Branch Line" which is a brilliant book and very in-depth, and of course my trusty GPS. some good local Knowledge and most importantly a sense of adventure.
Please feel free to add any comments of accounts of the Kerry Branch line, I can add these to Project. just by re-editing it..
A SHORT INTRODUCTION OF THE KERRY BRANCH LINE
The Kerry branch line runs approx. 4 miles from Kerry station which is situated at Glanmule which is from 1 mille form the village of Kerry, With a elevation of the 192 metres above sea-level with down to 98 metres above level at Abermule station, the line is of standard gauge. It was opened in 1863 and closed in 1931 to passengers and finally to freight 1956.
The line had a impressive incline passing the Goetre brick works and halt. I have not gone much indepth of the history as there are readings and information on the internet
maps of the the line are archived at Powys council
The Mawddwy, Van & Kerry Branches ISBN-0-85361-626-4
much information was kindly given to us by Mr Andrew Hope of Hodley, Kerry
Starting the walk down the line...
Approaching Walk Mill, another place made impassable, it appears the fence is to stop anyone crossing the bridge the river mule runs under the line. quite an eyesore is such a nice place. I very much doubt anything will be done and this fencing will be left here for years, it just looks so out of place
the Kerry branch line platform would of been on the left of the photo opposite the station, there would of been a double track here. just left of the photo I can remember the signal box and the crossing gates were shut by the signalman, we visited the signal box with our headmaster Mr Penry Thomas on school visit (1981) while in Abermule Primary school, I remember the levers for the signals and a open fire. Now the crossing gates are all automated as well as the signals and the signal box sadly gone