1865: Beddgelert and Portmadoc Railway

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We understand that the first sod of this branch of railway will be cut at Beddgelert some day next week, a full report of the proceedings of which will appear in this paper. This line will join the tramway which has been made from the Croesor Quarry to the Port near to the Glaslyn Inn, and will be carried beyond the harbour of Portmadoc to the Borth. As there are a great many mines in the neighbourhood of Beddgelert, some of which cannot now be profitably worked because of the difficulty and the expense of transit; and as during the summer a great number of tourists and business men visit the village and the picturesque neighbourhood, this line will be a great accommodation to the public and will be certain to pay a good dividend. The whole of the land has been already purchased, and an Act of Parliament is only required to grant running powers over the existing Croesor railway, and to extend the same for a few yards to the open harbour at Borth. There will be a grand dinner at the Goat Hotel on the day the first sod is cut.

North Wales Chronicle, 25 February 1865