Cargo

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway did far more than just transport people, or industrial goods. An interesting aspect of the railway itself is the diverse range of cargo it carried on its 7 mile stretch of railroad. Using parliamentary papers within the archive it can be tracked the exact goods the railway transported and the price they charged to transport such goods. This is interesting because it portrays the importance the railway had to the area, not just the industry and potential leisure excursions.

The train would carry animals to markets and farms for the town. It would also carry medication to areas of the Swansea quicker than other forms of transportation. The railroad went on to carry parcels, acting as a postal service for the people and business’ of Swansea. And finally, it carried passengers as we have seen already – we can see the price each passenger paid, as well as their luggage allowance due to their respective class of travel. This is all through the use of parliamentary papers housed in the archives.

Animals/Minerals

Cargo Price (Per Mile)
Horse 4d
Ox/Cow/Bull 3d
Calf/Pig/Sheep/Lamb 2d
Coal/Iron/Limestone/Sand/Clay 2d (Per Tonne)
Charcoal/Tiles/Stone/Copper/Lead/Tin 3d (Per Tonne)
Sugar/Grain/Corn/Timber/Flour 3d (Per Tonne)
Cotton/Wool/Drugs 6d (Per Tonne)

Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University, Catalogue Reference LAC/85/A2

Parcels

Weight Price (Per Mile)
3lb 3d
7lb 4d
14lb 6d
28lb 8d
56lb 10d

Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University, Catalogue Reference LAC/85/A2

Passengers

Class Price (Per Mile)
1st 3d
2nd 2d
3rd 1.5d

Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University, Catalogue Reference LAC/85/A2

Luggage

Class Weight Allowance
1st 56lb
2nd 28lb
3rd 28lb

LAC/85/A2, Source: Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University