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Location:
52 39N 3 10W; UK National Grid reference: SJ218 075

The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys, United Kingdom. SY21 0SF

Tel: +44 01938 810441 Fax: +44 01938 810861
Email: info@wllr.org.uk

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The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway celebrated the centenary of the line in 2003, and the fortieth anniversary of its reopening as a preserved railway.
It is one of the eight Great Little Trains of Wales: narrow gauge railways located throughout the principality which have a combined marketing strategy giving bargain travel through purchase of a Wanderer Ticket valid either for eight days out of fifteen, or for four days out of eight. Steep gradients and balcony saloon coaches from Austria feature on an eight-mile trip which starts a mile from Welshpool station on the national railway network.

Once known as The Farmers' Railway on account of the crops which formed its principal freight cargo, the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway was a 9-mile, 2ft 6inch gauge line which was built 1901/3. It opened in March 1903, and although an independent railway until it was grouped with the Great Western Railway in 1923, it was worked by the Cambrian Railway.
Passenger services ceased in 1931, but the line survived for freight until 1956.
The line was purchased for preservation, and was reopened between Llanfair and Castle Caereinion in April 1963. The opening of the extension to Welshpool in May 1982 was marked with a tree-planting ceremony using the same ornate spade used to cut the first sod in 1901.
The railway uses a different terminus from the original at Welshpool, which reduces its operating length to eight miles.
There are intermediate stations at Heniarth, Cyfronydd and Sylfaen which, together with Castle Caereinion, are request stops.

On May the 4th 2001 the railway re-enacted the sod-cutting ceremony of 1901 with speeches and music played by the Newtown Silver Band.

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2014 Days, times and Special Events

 

Standard Return Fares (Special fares apply for Special Events)

    On the Day On line
Adult 13.00 12.20
Senior citizens 12.00 11.20
Children    3 - 15 years of age 4.00 3.50
    Under 3 Free Free

Single and part-journey fares, and Great Little Trains of Wales Runabout tickets are also available.

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Driver Experience Courses

On selected Mondays and Saturdays during the season the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway offers driver experience courses.
Under the guidance of an instructor, the course gives the opportunity of driving your own train over the steep gradients and sharp curves of the route.
Contact the Railway for full details.

Nearby attractions

The town of Llanfair Caereinion stands on the River Banwy, and was once a Roman fort. In the Middle Ages, the Church and Well of St Mary made it a place of pilgrimage; today, its tranquil surroundings make it a favourite with anglers.
Welshpool is the chief market town of Montgomeryshire. From the wharf a short distance from the station, there are boat trips along the Montgomery Canal. Alongside the canal is the Powysland Museum, with a varied collection of artefacts from the local area, including the ornate spade used at the sod-cutting ceremonies.
At the Old Station is the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, while a little further afield is the Moors Rare Bird Collection.
Welshpool's main attraction, however, is Powys Castle, built in the reign of Edward 1 (1239-1307) on the site of a Norman fort.
Towards the end of the sixteenth century, it was restored as an Elizabethan mansion. The spectacular terraced gardens are renowned for their topiary and are the setting for outdoor concerts and fireworks during the summer months. Inside, the Clive Museum - named after the son of Clive of India - contains a wealth of material appertaining to the British Raj.

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How to get there

The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway's station in Raven Square is about one mile via Severn and Broad Streets from the national network station at Welshpool, which is served by trains from Shrewsbury.
Llanfair Caereinion and Welshpool are located on the A458 road between Shrewsbury and Dolgellau.

For details of connecting bus and rail services, including travel planner and timetables, visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Select to visit the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway's official web site.

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