Kerry Tramway

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Kerry Tramway
Map of the Kerry Tramway
Diana being restored at Alan Keef Ltd. in 1999
Locale Wales
Dates of operation 1887–1925
Successor abandoned
Track gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Length 3 miles (4.8 km)
Headquarters Kerry

The Kerry Tramway was a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway built in 1887 to serve the timber workings and slab quarry to the south of the village of Kerry, near Newtown in mid Wales.


The railway ran from the Cambrian Railways Kerry railway station at Glanmule to the Brynllywarch estate owned by Christopher Naylor. The line served the timber forests on the estate, as well as a slab quarry and general estate traffic. It was worked by the Bagnall locomotive Excelsior.


In 1895 Naylor inherited Haggerston Castle and left Bryn Llywarch; the rolling stock of the railway was sold and the track was lifted.


During the First World War there was a great demand for timber. In 1917 the government Timber Supply Department (which later became the Forestry Commission) relaid much of the tramway to serve the sawmill on the estate. The railway and timber felling operations were mainly manned by German prisoners of war under military control. During the war, the line was worked by the Kerr Stuart locomotive Diana. After hostilities ceased the tramway continued to operate. In early 1919 a petrol locomotive arrived from Baguely and in 1922 a third locomotive, the Haig class Kashmir arrived.

Final closure[edit]

The line closed again in 1922 and all the tracks lifted except the Lower Rhos to Pentre section. This last remaining section was worked using an unknown 0-4-0 side tank locomotive for several more years.


Name Builder Type Works


Built Notes
Excelsior W.G. Bagnall 0-4-2T 970 1888 Small 3½ ton wing tank locomotive; sold in 1895 and used during the construction of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, later scrapped
Diana (named after it left the Kerry Tramway) Kerr Stuart Sirdar class 0-4-0T 1198 1917 Used on the tramway during the First World War; sold to Oakeley Slate Quarry in 1925. Now privately owned.
Kashmir (named after it left the Kerry Tramway) Kerr Stuart Haig class 0-6-0T 3118 1918 Sold to the Cliffe Hill Mineral Railway in 1925; scrapped in 1957
Baguley 4wPM 777 1918 Sold to the Oakeley Slate Quarry in 1925, scrapped at Oakeley after an accident.


  • Boyd, James I.C. (1965). Narrow Gauge Railways in Mid Wales. The Oakwood Press. 
  • Cox, David & Krupa, Christopher (1992). The Kerry Tramway and other timber light railways. Plateway Press. ISBN 1-871980-11-9. 

Coordinates: 52°30′04″N 3°15′29″W / 52.5012°N 3.258033°W / 52.5012; -3.258033