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Cover of 'The Buckley Railway Album and Associated Industries' compiled by Davies, Dawson, Thomas"


June 2007

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A thousand copies of the book were published by the Buckley Society in early June 2007 priced £9.95, with the aid of a Lottery Grant. The compilers worked hard over several months to collect, collate and describe as many photographs as possible of the Buckley Railway and the brickyards and collieries along its route, the oldest dating from 1896. Some of the photographs were taken from this archive, a good example of how the archive is being used to produce other publications.


Sale copies were placed in some Flintshire libraries, Chris's barber's shop in Mill Lane, David Speed's pharmacy in Mynydd Isa, Bethany Books in Shotton, Wrexham Museum, Bersham Heritage Centre, Mold Bookshop and Siop yr Siswrn, Mold. Details were also added to the Society's web site and the BBC's local history site. By the middle of July over half of the stock had been sold.



The Buckley Railway Album

A collection of over 200 photographs many of which have never been previously published.


They recall a local, standrad gauge mineral railway that connected the two industrial towns of Buckley and Connah's Quay in Flintshire, North Wales.


The compilers have combined their knowledge and research to take the reader on a nostalgic trip back in time to experience something of the difficulties in working this steeply graded, antiquated industrial line.


The album charts the journey from the docks at Connah's Quay up line to Buckley Junction and includes many views of industries served en-route.


The photographs are complemented by informative Ordnance Survey maps of the period.



Paul G. Davies

The sight and sound of a steam engine working the sidings along the railway was a daily experiance for me in the 1950s. Putting this collection together has brought back many memories and given me a great deal of pleasure. As Honorary Secretary to the Buckley Society I thank all of the donors for use of their material and the Heritage Lottery Fund "Awards for All Wales" programme for their support.


Christopher J. Dawson

After moving to Buckley in 1970, Chester born Chris became very interested in local railway history and began amassing a large collection of photographs. A keen model builder, he has exhibited a number of model railways including one based on Padeswood and Llong in L.N.W.R. days. Chris is also Secretary to the Mold Model Engineering Society.


John R. Thomas

I managed to see and walk the Buckley Railway in the early 1950s, just prior to the first closures. I have retained a fond interest in the line ever since. Working on the production of this album with Paul and Chris has refreshed my memory and given me the opportunity to revel in nostalgia by once again "travelling" up the line.

Author: Davies, P., Dawson, C., Thomas, J.


Year = 2007

Month = June

Event = Historic

Transport = Rail

Work = Transport

Extra = 2000s

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