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Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

   
Address : Raven Square Station
Town/City : Welshpool
County : Powys
Country : Wales
Post code : SY21 7LT
Web Site :  www.wllr.org.uk

Steam railways - a great day (or evening!) out 


Heritage railways are no longer just for train spotters. They're now attractive days out for the whole family - and at attractive prices.

At the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, just 25 minutes from Shrewsbury, of course there are the gleaming locomotives hissing with steam. But there are also comfortable carriages, with covered seating. Or if the weather's fine, stand on the open balconies and watch the rolling hills, rushing rivers, green farmland and grazing sheep and cattle. Wildlife abounds too: spot the deer in Powys Estates, watch for heron at the Banwy Bridge and red kites or buzzards almost anywhere.

The railway offers a sensible 45-minute ride each way, just right for children. At the Llanfair Caereinion terminus, there's a 40 minute to one hour turnaround for you to have lunch or tea with cakes in the friendly tearoom, turn the children loose in the play and picnic area, or set off to explore town and countryside before your return journey. Or explore the neighbouring town and park and take a later train back.
Where do the evenings come in? The railway operates several evening fish and chips specials each season - they leave Llanfair Caereinion at 6:15 pm and travel down to Welshpool where a choice of meals is served to eat on the return journey. There's nothing like eating on a train as the scenery goes by. But these evenings often sell out, so advance booking (and selection of meals) is essential, on www.wllr.org.uk

And the price is right - the family ticket covers returns for four at just £32 - book discounted tickets on-line at www.wllr.org.uk, and it's just £30 - great value to go with the great scenery.

Once you've sampled the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, you'll also want to try the other members of the Great Little Trains of Wales - they're a little further from Shropshire but they're all different and well worth the trip. Full information on all of them (and how to get there by rail if you prefer), is on www.bigtrainlittletrain.com

 

Special Events 2019 for more detail see wllr.org.uk

Easter Bunny Trains 20 – 22 April

Easter fun with the Easter Bunny , eggs to spot along the line and more.

 

Fish & Chips Train 26 May, 3 & 24 Aug
Advance booking and menu selection essential.


NEW Live Music at Llanfair Station "Rock n Rails" 8 June


Father's Day 16 June Any father accompanied by his child travels at the child price and gets a workshop tour.


Welshpool Transport Festival 22 & 23 June Building on its brilliant first year an exciting festival encompassing all types of transport.


NEW Theatre from the train. 7 July A new and exciting theatrical train ride.


Welsh Tea Train 27 & 28 July Advance booking essential.


NEW Hog Roast 10 August Refreshments on the journey and a hog roast at Llanfair station. Veggie options available.

 

Annual Gala Weekend 30 & 13 August and 1 September
Our biggest event of the year. Every operating engine out on show or in action. Traction engines, steam cars and lorries, model railway exhibition, demonstrations and trade stands. A shuttle bus to separate entrance Llanfair Garden Railway Show further up the hill on Saturday and Sunday.


Teddy Bear Weekend 14 & 15 September
Bring your teddies, spot their friends in the woods along the line and meet Big Ted for treats at Llanfair.

 

Halloween Trains 26 October Come in costume, prizes for the best!

 

Santa Specials 8,14,15,21 & 22 December Always very popular! Advance booking strongly advised.

 

(Images © Mike Heath, Dan Abbott & Kevin Heywood)

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