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Railway Event, Sat 14 - Sun 15 Sep 2019

Park Avenue,
SY23 1PG


Following our successful Forgotten Engines event in 2015, we are pleased to announce its return with a fantastic collection of locomotives. See all three GWR Rheidol tanks in steam together for the first time in 20 years. Three mystery engines, ‘hidden for decades’ will be on show. A special weekend timetable will be operating.

Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST Nesta (704 of 1899) will be seen in public for the first time since being rescued from a swamp in Puerto Rico by Robert Gambrill and repatriation to Britain in 2016. Nesta, the last remaining unrestored ex-Penrhyn slate quarry Hunslet, will be appearing in Wales for the first time since export to USA in July 1965.

Also being unveiled in public for the first time in Britain will be ex-German army trench railways Maffei-built ‘Brigardelok’ 0-8-0T 4766 of 1916 (DFB No. 968) imported by Vale of Rheidol Railway in 2002 and Borsig 0-4-0WT 20HP Type 2 5913 of 1906 purchased by Vale of Rheidol Railway in 1994.

The Steam Festival Weekend will feature guided workshop tours to view the three ‘forgotten’ engines, along with work in progress on other restoration projects. These are likely to include Vale of Rheidol Railway’s Hanomag 2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt NG/G13 (10551/1927) No. 60, Welsh Highland Heritage Railway’s Baldwin 10-12-D 4-6-0T WDLR No. 794 (BLW44699/1917) undergoing restoration as Welsh Highland Railway No. 590 and Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s Beyer Peacock 0-6-0T No. 822 The Earl.

All three of Vale of Rheidol Railway’s classic 2-6-2T locomotives, Nos. 7 and 8 of 1923 and 1213 of 1924, will be in action working an intensive timetable each day service on both days. Between service trains unique ‘Driver for a Fiver’ opportunities at Aberystwyth offer the chance for visitors to take the regulator of a Rheidol Tank loco. Hunslet 0-4-0ST Margaret will offer further ‘Driver for a Fiver’ opportunities at Devil’s Bridge.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Devil's Bridge Station is a short walk from Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - operated as a separate attraction.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Sep 2019


Park Avenue,
SY23 1PG

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Vale of Rheidol Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 586812  Lat: 52.41114 Long: -4.07912

By Public Transport: The Vale of Rheidol Railway is located in the centre of Aberystwyth and is a short walk from the mainline railway and bus stations.

By Road: The Railway has a large car park off Park Avenue/Boulevard St Brieuc near the Park & Ride site and the SAT NAV Postcode is SY23 1PG.

Please note that if you start your journey at Devil's Bridge, car parking is adjacent to the station platform. SAT NAV: SY23 3JL

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Aberystwyth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Devil's Bridge Station is a short walk from Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - operated as a separate attraction.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesChildren's menu


Trains The railway operates a fleet of historic railway carriages which were built for the line between 1923 and 1938. To access the carriages, there are two steps of 400mm between the platform and the carriage floor. Extra steps are available if required. The carriage doors are 580mm wide and internal gangways are 420mm and 520mm wide. We regret that these vintage carriages are not suitable for customers who need to remain in their wheelchairs.

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