Pwllyrhebog Incline

A dog-walking friend told me about this line, which he could see from his house when he was a lad. (From the ‘Rhondda Leader’ 2000)

The rope-worked 1 in 13 Pwllyrhebog Incline on the former Taff Vale Railway branch from Tonypandy to the Clydach Vale Colliery in the Rhondda Valley was three-quarters of a mile in length and was operated by a stationary engine which drove two inter-geared drums, so that a descending train counterbalanced an ascending one. A design feature of these locomotives was a coned boiler which prevented the water level falling below the top of the firebox whilst on the gradient.

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