Countess in Steam. Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

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16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside. 

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 everyday life. Built as a Light Railway to avoid some of the costs of railway construction, the narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the countryside. Most of our trains are steam hauled, either by one of our unique original locomotives or one from abroad. The carriages too are special; those in regular use being from Hungary and Austria with access to the enclosed seating area via an open balcony - a great way to watch the world go by.

From the open balconies of our unique Hungarian and Austrian coaches you will see the beautiful mid Wales countryside roll slowly by as you travel into the delightful Banwy Valley.

Your train will be hauled by one of our historic steam locomotives which include 'The Earl' and 'The Countess' supplied new to the railway in 1902 or one of our other operational steam locomotives were built for use in Sierra Leone and Romania.

LLANFAIR STATION, SHOP & TEA ROOM 
As your journey unfolds through this picturesque part of Wales you may well see deer, hawks and even otters. As you approach your journey's end the train travels along the River Banwy into Llanfair Caereinion. Here you can visit the shop, have a snack in the Tea Room that serves hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes,freshly prepared sandwiches and light lunches. On colder days soup is available, on hot days the selection of ice creams are always popular. The tearoom can be found in the same building as the shop and booking office at Llanfair Station.

Please note that the Raven Square Station, Welshpool is closed during the winter.

For group travel at discounted rates please contact the station.
We like to know in advance (if possible) if customers who use wheelchairs are travelling with us. This is because our guards can give extra help and make our wheelchair lifts available for easy access to the carriages.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Group Ticket, low or mid season£170.00 per group
Standard Return£21.00 per adult

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Events

Saturday, 27th April 2024 - Saturday, 27th April 2024

Sierra Leone Independence Days at Welshpool & Llanfair RailwaySierra Leone Independence Days | W&LLRSierra Leone Carriages operating together, see Hunslet 85 on display, learn about the history of the SLGR with visiting displays.
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Saturday, 11th May 2024 - Sunday, 12th May 2024

Paw Patrol Visits Welshpool & Llanfair RailwayPaw Patrol Visits | W&LLRSteam train rides and the chance to meet Chase at intervals and hear tales of daring rescues around Adventure Bay!
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Saturday, 25th May 2024 - Thursday, 30th May 2024

Build in Bricks Activity Day at Welshpool & Llanfair RailwayBuild in Bricks | W&LLRFamily Fun during Half-Term. Unleash your creativity with thousands of plastic building bricks!
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Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Beer and Cider Festival at Welshpool and Llanfair RailwayBeer and Cider Festival | W&LLRCome and enjoy a train ride through beautiful Mid Wales and try the fantastic beers and cider the area has available
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Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Sunday, 7th July 2024

Bluey Visits Welshpool & Llanfair RailwayBluey Visits | W&LLRFamily Fun, steam train rides, and the chance to meet Bluey at intervals.
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Friday, 30th August 2024 - Sunday, 1st September 2024

Steam Gala at Welshpool and Llanfair RailwaySteam Gala | W&LLROur annual celebration. Intensive timetable, road steam, model railways, and lots more to explore.
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Saturday, 5th October 2024 - Sunday, 6th October 2024

Teddy Bears Picnic at Welshpool and Llanfair RailwayTeddy Bears Picnic | W&LLRChildren travel free with accompanying teddy bear. Keep an eye out for our special helpers around the railway!
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering - Llanfair Station has a Tearoom
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Parking

  • EV Charging - Llanfair Station EV charging 22kwh
  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road - Both the main stations are located adjacent to the A458 main road. Welshpool Raven Square station (Postcode is SY21 7LT) is at the west end of the town (follow the brown signs or A458 Machynlleth / Dolgellau).

Llanfair Caereinion station (Postcode SY21 0SF) is at the east end of the town. Coming in from the east (Welshpool end) on the A45, the station is first on the left immediately after the 30mph speed restriction starts. From the west continue on the A458 and follow the brown signs.

There is plenty of free parking at both Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion stations. Please note that there are no car parks at the intermediate stations.

Accessible by Public Transport: Welshpool main line station is 1 mile away from W&LLR Raven Square Station

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Type:Narrow Gauge Railway

The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0SF

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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* For train times, see website.

Awards

  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

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