Reality series following the people of Tenby. It is one of Wales's busiest holiday resorts, where people work hard during the summer to feast or famine in the winter.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Tenby 24/7 - Pembroke and Tenby Railway - Netflix
The Pembroke and Tenby Railway was a locally-promoted railway line in South West Wales. The South Wales Railway had earlier been authorised to build a branch line to Pembroke, but had failed to do so: Pembroke Dock was a short ferry crossing from Neyland, the South Wales Railway terminus. The line was built by local supporters; it opened in 1863. In 1866 the line was extended to Whitland; Whitland was on the South Wales Railway broad gauge main line but being on the narrow gauge – later known as standard gauge – it was not possible to run Pembroke and Tenby trains on the South Wales Railway lines to Carmarthen. The intention of the Pembroke and Tenby Railway was to make an alliance with other narrow gauge railways at Carmarthen, and the Great Western Railway (as successor to the South Wales Railway) did provide a narrow gauge link to Carmarthen. Experiencing financial difficulties, the company sold its line to the Great Western Railway in 1897. The line remains in use at the present day, as the Pembroke Dock branch line.
Tenby 24/7 - The Pembroke and Tenby Railway authorised - Netflix
This was the last straw for local people, and they resolved to prepare their own bill for a line from Pembroke Dockyard to Tenby. At Pembroke there was to be a short branch to a pier at Hobbs Point, from where a ferry ran to Neyland. On 21 July 1859, their line was given the Royal Assent and the South Wales Pembroke and Tenby Junction Railway was authorised. It was to be 11.5 miles in length, with authorised capital of £80,000. Significantly, it was to be built on the standard gauge, not the broad gauge of the South Wales Railway. However it was one thing to be authorised to raise £80,000 and quite a different matter to persuade investors to commit the money. Interest in the company was low, and many shareholders’ meetings failed to achieve a quorum. By 1861, the company changed its name to the less cumbersome Pembroke and Tenby Railway. It seemed likely that the company’s plans were in vain, but the dynamic contracting partnership of David Davies and Ezra Roberts entered into discussions with the directors and on 4 July 1862 they committed to build the line and provide rolling stock for £106,000. They were to be given nearly the whole capital of the company in cash in hand and fully paid up shares. They were financing the construction themselves. They undertook to complete the work by 21 July 1864. In fact the work progressed faster than that. The first locomotive was brought overland, dragged on the public road by 33 horses, possibly on 6 May 1863.