Five workers were killed or injured while constructing works on the line that was to become the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch of the LNWR using dynamite. 
It will be seen from the following extract from a late English paper that the iron tamping bar is as dangerous used in working with dynamite as with the common blasting powder : — A fatal explosion of a charge of dynamite has occurred on the railway works in progress between Festiniog and Bettws-y-coed. Five workmen had to blast a piece of rock. Not knowing the nature of the explosive, they used an iron stamper, instead of a brass one, to ram the charge, and an explosion followed. The stamper passed through the chest and out at the back of the furthest man, who died in a few hours. The other four were more or less seriously injured.
- "LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS". Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 - 1919). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 14 October 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
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