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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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