- Loyalists / UEL - Pioneers' Stories British Home Children England & Wales Ireland & Northern Ireland Scotland United States - American Revolution more countries...Shop Factory has been a leader in e Commerce development since 1995.Trains can pass at Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llanwrtyd, Llandrindod and Knighton and when you see the driver get out at these points, he is not telephoning his wife, but the signal box at Pantyffynnon from where the supervising signalman authorises him to remove a token from the little hut on the platform, thus enabling the train to proceed safely through the next section.In times past, it was much more interesting, with signal boxes and 'proper' old fashioned semaphore signals all along the line and train crews collecting a wooden or metal staff or a ticket from the signalman (often while the train was in motion) before being allowed into the next section.Something to be endured rather than enjoyed, a chaotic commuter crush or elbowing one's way onto an Intercity. It is called the Heart of Wales Line which will get you from A to B, of course, as any sensible railway should, but it also offers you the chance to take a cruise by train with ports of call where a few hours or days can be spent. Above all it runs through some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in Britain.
Throughout its journey the train crosses viaducts and plunges into tunnels. The spa towns of Mid-Wales invite further contrast.Don't jump out as you leave Llanelli; you are still on the right train.It is simply reversing to get back to the junction and to leave the main line.This line crossed the river Towy and then swung west to run south of the river to Carmarthen, stopping at Llandilo Bridge, Golden Grove, Drysllwyn, Llanarthney Halt, Nantgaredig, Abergwili, Abergwili Junction and Carmarthen.There were three platforms at Llandilo station – numbers one and two serving the up and down lines on the Swansea to Shrewsbury route, and the third was for the Carmarthen branch, until this line was closed completely in 1963.Nowadays, the good old semaphore signals can be seen at Pantyffynnon (where the GWR box built in 1892 is still working) and Craven Arms.Leaving Swansea, passing the Landore Locomotive Depot on the right, the train soon begins to climb and to enter the 789 yard Cockett tunnel.With the cut-backs in 1964, alas, all that changed.Most of the signal boxes were taken out of use, some sold, some demolished and one at Llandrindod retained as a museum.And not just any railway either, but the wonderful Heart of Wales line, snaking 120 miles from Swansea to Shrewsbury through some of the prettiest countryside you'll ever find in Britain.Llandilo (that's how Llandeilo was once spelled) used to be a junction for two lines: the Swansea to Shrewsbury line and the Llandeilo to Carmarthen line which had originally been opened by the Llanelly Railway Company in 1865.