Day trip on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

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Welshpool & Llanfair light railway – Welshpool Station

A Summer’s trip on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Located just on the outskirts of Welshpool, Powys is the ‘Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’.  It was opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush of every day life.

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Steam Engine ‘JOAN’ receives water ready for the journey

 

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A firelady shovels coal into the firebox ready for the off

 

 

 

A wonderful day out that allows the interested public to view these wonderful narrow gauge engines closeup.

Here a firelady shovels coal into the firebox to build up steam before leaving Welshpool Station.

 

The railway carriages have been brought here from many far off countries.

Some carriages were originally built for, and saw service in Austria and Hungary.

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Friendly staff help turn the trip into a special day

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Thomas and friends take a train ride

 

The carriage structures are carefully crafted from wood on a steel chassis and have a lovely continental feel.

You can easily imagine that you are travelling through Austria where the carriages were originally used.

The Ticket collector is both friendly and knowledgeable and happy to relay details of their full history.

 

The onboard Ticket collector also alights at Castle Caereinion, a midway station stop, and ceremonially and safely waves the train off as it pulls away – before quickly hopping back on for the rest of the journey. 

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A stop at Castle Caereinion midway – The Ticket Collector waves off the train

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Beautiful scenery running alongside the river Banwy

 

The passing scenery consists of rolling hills, green fields and wooded copse as the train winds its way alongside the river Banwy and its valley.

The carriages have viewing balconies at either end that allow passengers to get an outside view of the area as the train rolls steadily along.

 

After around 45 minutes travel time we approach railway sidings, a small marshalling yard and engineering workshops as we pull into our destination – Llanfair Caereinion.

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Marshalling yard and repair workshops at Llanfair Caereinion

 

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A Diesel engine used as backup for the Steam Engines

 

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‘Ferret’ – a diesel shunting engine

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Passing another active steam engine

 

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Llanfair Caereinion Station – our destination

 

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Workmen alongside the ‘Countess’ steam engine

 

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Llanfair Caereinion station is larger than Welshpool’s

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Young aspiring Train Driver invests 20p

 

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River Banwy at Llanfair Caereinion

 

 

Just outside the Llanfair Caereinion station flows the beautiful river Banwy with a bridge footpath that leads you across into the small, country town itself.

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A Kiddie play area Rail Station

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Llanfair Caereinion station entrance

 

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Llanfair Caereinion timetable

 

 

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Llanfair Caereinion Cafe

 

 

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Llanfair Caereinion station shop

 

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An Austrian wooden carriage on a steel rolling base

 

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‘JOAN’ the engine joins the other end of the train for the return journey

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View from the 2nd carriage through to ‘JOAN’ as we pull away

 

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Beautiful River Banwy alongside the track from the open balcony

 

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Bridge crossing the river Banwy

 

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Plenty of time for a picnic with cake on the return journey

 

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Back at Welshpool – Uncoupling the carriages for engine ‘JOAN’ to be moved

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End of our wonderful journey

For more detail on the Welshpool & Llanfair light railway see their website here…

We hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘Days Out’ article. Why not look at some of our other local Walks, Gardens to visit and Other things to do in this beautiful region.

 

Dave & Anthea Wilson

 

 

 

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