Prior to my announcement of my plan to do this book, I had already made some arrangements to get official use of photographs for it. Through Rhondda Cynon Taff council, National Library of Scotland, through to individual photographers via eBay and Flickr, I wanted to make sure I had enough content.
This past Thursday, I was able to look through the National Waterfront Museum archives and I’m very happy to report there at least 15 photographs there that would be perfect for the book. I am just in the process of sorting out commercial usage rights for them, but hopefully it will be straightforward. It was a fantastic morning spent with David Jenkins at the archive, and a real treat to see photos that will be of such use to me!
I also received some interesting modern-day information about the former end of the line in Treforest from Dr Jocelyn Kynch, which will provide some nice historical parallels about the lines legal issues then and now.
So all in all, it’s been an interesting few days in the further prep work for the book – here’s hoping the process continues smoothly!