Treforest Tin Works

William Crawshay II first started a tinplate rolling mill on site in 1794, and following a rebuild in 1834, by the mid 1800s it was the largest tin works in Britain. It was managed by Crawshay's son Francis. The works were abandoned by the Crawshay family in 1857 and in 1861, the whole property reverted … Continue reading Treforest Tin Works

TFNation 2017 – My Thoughts

Disclaimer - I've likely missed out LOADS of people. Sorry! I've tried, I really have! What a blast of a weekend! My mental state of mind was in a much better place this year, and it meant I had a much lovlier time. I only went back to my room to drop stuff off for … Continue reading TFNation 2017 – My Thoughts

Cardiff Railway Book Update #3

More progress is being made on obtaining the variety of vintage and modern photography needed for the book - I've had some further conversations with local photographers Ceri Jones and Dave Hilling and secured some great pictures from the 1980's through to the present for the Nantgarw - Tongwynlais portion of the book. I also … Continue reading Cardiff Railway Book Update #3

Cardiff Railway Book Update #2

Preliminary work on my Cardiff Railway book project is still moving ahead. I'm still in the process of trying to nail down some solid pricing quotes for the book, from both local and national printers - it's that tricky compromise between cost and quality. I don't want to skimp, I really want this book to … Continue reading Cardiff Railway Book Update #2

Cardiff Railway Book Update #1

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 … Continue reading Cardiff Railway Book Update #1

Retracing the Cardiff Railway, Part Eight: Rhiwbina Halt

Rhiwbina Halt was opened by the Cardiff Railway in 1911, one of the original stops along it's route into Cardiff. Two lines ran through it's two platforms, which were connected via a footbridge.  The halt was simply renamed Rhiwbina following it's absorption into the Great Western Railway, and the station was reduced to one track along … Continue reading Retracing the Cardiff Railway, Part Eight: Rhiwbina Halt