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1804 The Mumbles Railway

The Mumbles Railway of South Wales of 1804 was the first passenger train in history. Horse-drawn rail wagons carted local limestone from Oystemouth and coal from Clyne valley to Swansea. The railway began passenger service in 1804 and, remarkably, continued until 1877.

In 1877 horses were finally replaced by steam power which operated until 1929. Electric power lasted from'29 until 1960.

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