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Volume Ten - Pre-Victorian to the Present Day - Even more aspects - The Ely River Subway 1900 - 1963 . . .

The following article was retrieved from the archives of the Welsh Railway Research Circle of which I am a member. The original publication was written after 1976 and the publisher is unknown, and nothing is known of the author, Mr. T. E. Ashton, so I apologise in advance if I have inadvertently infringed copyright and welcome your educated assistance with respect to the background of the author and date and source of the publication. - [WRRC Resource : TV 143] [737]



                              The Ely River Subway 1900 - 1963.

April 12th will be the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Taff Vale Railway from Cardiff to Merthyr. This Article by Mr. T. E. Ashton sheds light on one of the TVR Company's lesser undertakings.

The decision to construct the Ely River Subway was made by the Chairman of the Taff Vale railway Company, Mr. Arthur E. Guest, and his General Manager, Mr. Ammon Beasley, to whom the responsibility had been delegated by the Board of Directors.

Arthur Guest was the seventh child of Sir Josiah John Guest, proprietor of the Dowlais Ironworks, first MP for Merthyr Tydfil,  and founder and first Chairman of the TVR Company. Mr. Beasley was appointed General Manager in 1892 after many years service with the GWR.

At a meeting of the Board of Directors held on March 2nd, 1897, Mr Beasley reported "that the tender of Mr. Tom Taylor for the construction of the subway, for the sum of £36,203, had been accepted." [£36,203 equivalent to c.£4.74m in 2019] [771]

Mr. Tom Taylor was a well-known mining, quarrying and civil engineering contractor in Pontypridd. He was also an Urban District Councillor, and was Chairman of the Pontypridd UDC both in 1907/08 and 1923/24, the year of his death.


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