|The canal and the tramroads
The canal was planned jointly with
the connecting tramroads which would
bring bulk loads from the nearest quarries and mines to the canal banks.
The tramroads were an early form of railway using horse-drawn
wagons or 'trams' running on simple
iron rails, so that the horses could pull much heavier loads than on the
rutted roads of the time.
|The early tramroad or "horse-powered railway" which connected the Watton wharf on the canal at Brecon with Hay and Herefordshire is shown on this simply drawn map of 1848.
of coal at
Further down the canal, other tramroads
were used to bring coal from Clydach
and other mines to loading wharves alongside the canal, and then on by
boat to Brecon.
Because transport costs are so important in the case of bulky and heavy goods, the tramroads and the canal were to make huge differences to the cost of coal.