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Mumbles Railway Trail

Funded on Spacehive 17 November 2022 Delivered 20 May 2024

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Mumbles Railway Trail

Mumbles Development Trust By Mumbles Development Trust

Celebrating the Mumbles Railway, 1807-1960, the first passenger railway in the world, with a walking trail along the original route, including replica station signs and information codes.

Blackpill Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 Nov 2022!

The aim of the project is to build a permanent record and celebration of the iconic Mumbles Railway by creating a walking trail along the original route. Exteriors of remaining railway buildings, such as the waiting room at Southend Gardens in Mumbles will be restored and interpretation information provided. Replica station signs at the 11 station points along the route will be erected, again with interpretation material, such as at The Junction, Blackpill. Trail guides will be published online and available as leaflets, with information QR codes on the station signs accessed by smartphones. Guided walks will be conducted along the trail.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install replica station signs at each of the former station stops.
  • Provide interpretation and information material including video footage via QR codes on each of the signs.
  • Refurbish remaining railway buildings and paraphernalia on the route and provide information material.
  • Provide leaflets to accompany the walking trail.
  • Create a mural showing the different modes of Mumbles Railway transport through history.
  • All information/interpretation material to be provided in both Welsh and English as required by Welsh Government policy.

Why it's a great idea:

The benefits brought by the project will include: - recording and celebrating this major and much-loved element of the heritage of Mumbles and Swansea, and of the industrial, maritime and transport history of Wales, thus ensuring that this heritage will be in a better condition and available for future generations. - dissemination of local history to both the community and visitors to the area, thus ensuring that heritage will be identified and better explained. - provision of a guided walking trail to encourage physical activity, which in turn enhances both physical and mental well-being. - encouraging new visitors to the Mumbles and Swansea area thus bringing financial benefits to those communities.

Steps to get it done:

  • creating walking trail guide, available both digitally and in print
  • installation of 11 station signs along the route, each with QR code digital information
  • refurbishment of railway heritage items in situ along the route

While the production of leaflets to accompany a walking trail is often popular, increasingly heritage projects are also looking to develop digital solutions using QR codes. These are now appearing everywhere and provide an accessible way to get information (that can be updated) for people on the move, without issues such as paper wastage and litter. We plan to create bespoke videos to accompany each station sign, with historical, social and geo-industrial information specific to that part of the Mumbles Railway route. The videos will be accessed via QR codes using walkers' smartphones. Additional information posters will also be provided at certain points along the route, and leaflets will also be available at key outlets for those who prefer a paper guide.


Location Blackpill

About the space

Along Mumbles foreshore following the original railway route adjacent to Mumbles/Oystermouth Road, starting near LC2 in Swansea and ending at Mumbles Pier.


City and County of Swansea Council

How will the money be spent?Total £35,916

refurbish exterior former MR building - £10,000 (28%)
production team for videos - £5,500 (15%)
installation of signs - £4,356 (12%)
Railway posters - £2,922 (8%)
project co-ordination & administration - £2,880 (8%)
production costs for videos and QR codes - £2,200 (6%)
station signs x 11 - £2,106 (6%)
leaflet design - £1,470 (4%)
camera hire for QR code videos x 11 - £700 (2%)
design of Mumbles Railway Trail logo - £600 (2%)
Other - £3,182 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

refurbish exterior former MR building
production team for videos
installation of signs
Railway posters
project co-ordination & administration
production costs for videos and QR codes
station signs x 11
leaflet design
camera hire for QR code videos x 11
design of Mumbles Railway Trail logo
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • information board on former MR building
  • planning application fee
  • Welsh translation of text
  • VAT
  • leaflet printing
  • location block plans for planning application
  • Transaction fees
  • OS map for planning application


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • further heritage work on Mumbles Railway project, e.g. setting up permanent museum display
  • record Mumbles Railway memory archive of local population
  • gather memorabilia and ephemera relating to Mumbles Railway for museum display

Total £35,916

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