The Great Little Trains of Wales

Coming Events

There is always something happening at the Great Little Trains of Wales.

A complete list of events for 2017 is available here.


September/October 2017

  • Friday 1st. September to Sunday 3rd. September. Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. Annual Gala.


    • Visiting locomotive Bagnall 0-6-2T 'Superb' from Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, hauling both passenger and goods trains
    • Intensive service including mixed and freight trains
    • Eight Miles of Fireworks - Saturday evening train to view fireworks at Welshpool, all intermediate stations and Llanfair (£3 supplement)
    • Photographers' special trains
    • Friday Evening Photographic Session - Pre-booking only
    Further details HERE.

  • Friday 15th. September to Sunday 17th September. Welsh Highland Railway. Superpower Weekend. As is normal for this weekend, there will be an intensive service operating over the three days with many additional departures over and above the standard Welsh Highland service trains. We have set a precedent for unique workings in previous years and we have no intention of stopping now!
    There will be passenger, vintage, freight and mixed trains running throughout the weekend, and consequently many favourites from the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland fleet of locomotives will be in use for people to enjoy.
    The Snowdonia National Park through which the railway runs is well known for its stunning and varied landscapes which of course can be admired from the train during daylight hours, but are you aware that Wales now leads the world in the percentage of its territory enjoying protected status for its night skies?
    Snowdonia National Park is now an International Dark Sky Reserve , only the tenth place in the world to gain this status, and it is our intention to celebrate this achievement at the gala with a number of special opportunities for visitors to enjoy.
    On the Friday evening at Dinas there will be a talk by award-winning local dark sky photographer Kris Williams for members and event rover ticket holders.
    Dinas will also be open all day on the Saturday. There will be the opportunity to checkl the progress on NG/G16 No. 130, NG/G15 No 134, and K1. Quarry Hunslet 'Lilla' will also be in steam offering short train rides.
    'Dark Sky Wales' will also be at Dinas with their 'Digital Planetarium' complete with stunning visual shows designed by professional astronomers. In the planetarium guests will enjoy a tour of the heavens looking at constellations and the mythology including tales from the Mabinogio. Zoom in to the planets and explore them in detail before venturing out of the Milky Way and visit other galaxies. This amazing experience can be booked online here .
    A cafe/bar will be open all day in the goods shed.
    Also on the Saturday, there will be a guided walk from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert, covering local history and the National Park's dark sky status.
    Tickets are available to purchase online here , and we hope to provide more detailed information regarding other special attractions in due course. Further details HERE.

  • Thursdays 8th, 15th 22nd. September. Talyllyn Railway. Victorian Trains. Journey in Victorian carriages behind an original Talyllyn locomotive, with a conducted tour, stops for photographs and a museum tour.A unique day out for enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the past. Further details HERE.

  • September 16th & 17th. Vale of Rheidol Railway. Roaring 20's & 30's Weekend. On 16th and 17th September, we will celebrate 95 years of the Great Western on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Join us for a weekend of time travelling! Several train departures from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge and back throughout the day & shuttle trains to Capel Bangor & Aberffrwd.

    Dress code: 20's and 30's! So that the feeling of time travel can be complete, every member of the staff will be vintage dressed and we will strongly encourage visitors to do the same! We will award the best vintage costume!

    Steam powered Gallopers will be at our Aberystwyth station for the young and the young at heart!

    Open workshop at our Aberystwyth station : First chance to see Garatt No60! You will also be able to see what's going on behind the scenes and meet our Apprentices and Engineers.

    Local Artist, Ag Cain, will be exhibiting his artworks . Ag is a prolific painter and illustrator. He worked intensively throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's as a freelance graphics and lettering artist in the Film & TV industry, working on set and prop decoration - both in the major British studios and foreign locations. He recently did incredible artworks for the Railway.

    Pre-war cars and road steam engines on display at various locations along the railway. Further details HERE.

  • September 16th & 17th. Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. Teddy Bear Weekend. Bring your teddies, spot their friends in the woods along the line, and meet Big Ted for treats at Llanfair. Further details HERE.

  • Saturday 23rd. September . Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. Diesel Day. All passenger trains hauled by our vintage diesels, and our collection of military and industrial diesels out for demonstrations, plus a possible visiting engine. Shock/horror: NO steam locomotives on this day! A special timetable will operate. Further details HERE.

  • September 23rd. Ffestiniog Railway. Trailffest. A trail half-marathon race which follows the route of the railway from Tanygrisiau to Porthmadog. A ‘Family and Friends' train runs alongside to cheer on the competitors. Further details HERE.

  • 30th. September , 1st October . Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. Pickering Specials. Travel on replicas of our original 1903 Great Western liveried bogie carriages, with goods wagons and brake van attached, and watch the shunting at each end of the trip. Each weekend will feature additional historical activities, including demonstration freight movements, trans-shipment, heritage steam-powered road vehicles, agricultural displays Further details HERE.

  • Sunday 8th. October. Vale of Rheidol Railway. Music on the Train. Join us for a stunning train ride through the Rheidol Valley accompanied by local Artists! Listen to the sound of acoustic music in the carriages, each artist will play a set in the each of the carriages whilst the train travels up into the Cambrian Mountains from Aberystwyth. The journey will take an hour to carry you up to the picturesque village of Devil's Bridge, nestled at the top of the Rheidol Valley. Further details HERE.

  • October 6th, 7th, 8th.. Ffestiniog Railway. Victorian Weekend. The Ffestiniog Railway is a living museum. We have been running passenger trains since Victorian times and many of those older vehicles have been lovingly preserved, so what better way to show them off than to have a weekend dedicated to that wonderful era? Further details HERE.

  • Late October/Early November. Halloween Trains. Most member railways will be running Halloween events this year. Check back soon for further details or see the individual railways own website.

The Great Little Gift!

Valid for 2017 Season

For just £10 bring a smile to every train enthusiast’s face! Buying the Great Little Trains of Wales Discount Card entitles the holder to 20% off one adult full round trip fare on normal timetabled trains on the participating Railways listed on the card- which is valid for one year from the first date of use (Terms & Conditions apply).
We have also arranged discounts for Great Little Trains of Wales Card holders with selected accommodation providers close to many of our member railways! This makes the card a real bargain and the perfect present!
More details HERE.


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