Place in Local History

The Swansea & Mumbles Railway has a significant place within the local history of Swansea. It is a history that is looked upon fondly and in many ways as a trip down ‘memory lane’.


The Swansea & Mumbles Railway has left a clear mark on the consciousness of contemporary Swansea. The railway is remembered regularly in newspaper tributes, local television features and in local museums. The disbanding of the railway in 1960 led to the introduction of groups such as the Mumbles Railway Preservation Society. These groups have campaigned for the railway to be re-opened. Whilst these attempts have not been successful, it reflects its place within local affection and demonstrates its fond place in the history of Swansea.

The time of the railway is considered a golden age in the overall history of Swansea. The video below contains an affectionate song about the Swansea and Mumbles Railway and contains a video montage of the route and technolgical developments.

Sources such as these tend to be looked at through ‘rose-tinted’ glasses. They tend to be public cries for the re-opening of the Railway. These attitudes in many ways sum up the overall local feeling towards the Railway.