The Great Little Trains of Wales

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway
The Station,
Llanfair Caereinion,
SY21 0SF

Telephone 01938 810441

Map Link: Here

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.



Powis Castle Whilst you are in the area, why not visit some of the other nearby places of interest:-

  • Powis Castle is a medieval castle rising dramatically above the celebrated garden.
    Built by Welsh princes and now home to the Earls of Powis it is renowned for its world famous garden with Italianate terraces and one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales. A beautiful collection of treasures from India displayed in the Clive Museum. Visitors can now gain access to the east front, the original grand entrance into the castle.


  • Powysland MuseumThe Montgomery Canal runs for 33 miles from Welsh Frankton in Shropshire to Newtown in Powys. Built between 1792 and 1821 it was abandoned in 1944. Restoration commenced in 1969 and continues today under the organisation of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust. Two of the restored lengths have now been linked with the construction of the new Gallowstree Bridge. The Friends of the Montgomery Canal have Canadian styled canoes available for a donation, they are located at Pool Quay, about 3 miles from Welshpool. There is a very unusual information board about the Montgomery Canal, at the town lock, there is also a wharf area for launching trailed boats and canoes at the back of Church Street car park. Several new seats are also alongside the canal in the Welshpool area. Further information on the canal can be found HERE.

  • Welshpool Town HallWelshpool market is in the heart of the town held beneath the clock tower, its Charter dating back to the mid 17th century. Formerly a street market it is now largely held indoors on Saturdays, & Mondays, with over 50 traders attending. It has an active branch of the Market Traders Federation and a Shoppers Charter is being introduced to encourage customers to be able to shop with confidence in its friendly atmosphere. It provides a warm and friendly atmosphere in which you can purchase: Fruit and Vegetables Bread and Cheese Pies and Cake Clothing China Pet Foods Antiques Underwear/Nightwear Bedding Hardware Jewellery Local Crafts Ethnic Crafts Shoes/Accessories Bric-a-brac Books Plants/Flowers and much more.


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