Welshpool & Llanfair Railway
The railway was opened in 1903 to link the rural communities to the market town of Welshpool. The gauge of 2 ft 6 inches allowed for tight curves and steep gradients following the contours of the countryside. Operated at first by the Cambrian Railways, the W&L was taken over in turn by the Great Western and British Railways; being run with less and less hope of profit. After 1931 the line was only used for freight traffic until it finally closed in 1956. In 1963 a group of enthusiasts rallied round and reopened the line, searching world wide for suitable rolling stock.
Today the journey begins on the edge of the old market town of Welshpool. The excitement begins as the train battles up the notoriously steep Golfa Bank accompanied by the sound of the locomotive echoing off the surrounding hills. From the open balconies of our unique coaches you will see the beautiful mid-Wales countryside roll slowly by as you travel deep into the delightful Banwy Valley. The train will be hauled by one of our historic steam locomotives.
As your journey unfolds through this picturesque part of Wales you may well see deer, hawks and even otters. As the train approaches the end of its journey the line winds its way alongside the River Banwy into the western terminus of the railway at Llanfair Caereinion.
At this station the traveller can visit our shop, have a home made snack in our popular tea room or chat to our friendly staff who will always be happy to answer any questions. Or, you may want to take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the picturesque river; whatever you do it is all part of the pleasure of a visit to the Country Railway.
Special Events :
Vintage Train : 13th/14th, 27th/28th June, 11th/12th, 25th/26th July, 8th/9th August. In addition to our ordinary steam train services, our Vintage Train will operate on these dates, composed of one of our original locomotives and replica Pickering carriages. Normal fares apply but On-Line advance booking is recommended for this popular service.
Annual Steam Gala : 5th/6th September A special weekend for the railway enthusiast with all our working engines in steam. Special trains, sales stands and extra attractions. Special timetable and fares on this weekend
Santa Trains : 12th/13th, 19th/20th December. Trains leave Llanfair Caereinion frequently to take adults and children to meet Santa. Please book in advance.
Whilst you are in the area, why not visit some of the other nearby places of interest:-