The Development of Standard Gauge Railways in South Wales & The Borders

Ref: C3125128

The course will follow the development of South Wales railways from the early tramways to the 1920's. The course is of 5 sessions. Session 1 is an introduction dealing with early tramways and the expansion of the coalfield leading to the need to transport coal to the seaports along the Bristol Channel. Session 2 deals with the railways of Newport, the Monmouthshire Valleys and the South Borders. Session 3 deals with the railways of Cardiff and the mid Glamorgan Valleys. Session 3 deals with the railways of Port Talbot, Neath, Swansea and the West Glamorgan Valleys. Session 4 deals with the railways of Llanelli, Burry Port, the Carmarthenshire Valleys and West Wales. Session 5 will deal with some odditites of the system and present an oversight of the chronological development of railways via a discussion tutorial.

Course aim

The course is aimed at exploring and understanding the development of the dense railway network in South Wales and links with seaports for the export of coal.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have a greater understanding of the geography and economic development of the South Wales Coalfield.
  • Understand how the many railway companies came into being and how they physically developed to become one of the densest of railway networks in Britain.
  • Understand the close interrelationship between railways and seaports.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Development of Standard Gauge Railways in South Wales & The Borders Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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