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'Drive a Steam Locomotive' Experience Day at Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway


The Station
Llanfair Caereinion
SY21 0SF

Contact Details

Tel: 01938 810441
Driver Experience Days are designed to give you the thrill of being at the controls of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive, doing the job for which it was designed. You will be hauling one of our standard train sets along a challenging route that abounds with sharp curves and steep gradients.

“Golfa Bank”: Half day for One Person - Saturday or Sunday

Our driver experience days are restricted to one person to maximise driving time, under the guidance of one of our regular drivers. Your course starts with a short health and safety briefing before taking the controls of one of our passenger steam locomotives. Once familiarised with the controls, you will take a standard rake of carriages over the entire railway from Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool and back.

On the outward journey, you will drive from Llanfair Caereinion to Sylfaen, with the instructor taking over for the descent into Welshpool. After running round, you have the challenge of the 1 in 29 Golfa Bank ahead of you. The return journey is a total distance of 16 miles, and will take about two and three quarter hours including a break at Welshpool.

The cost of the Experience Day is £395.00. Drinks are included, and a certificate will be awarded at the end of your journey. Saturdays or Sundays - Only one course is available on a Saturday or a Sunday, starting at 10.00 and finishing by 14.00.

All day (One or Two People) - Mondays
Why not bring a friend or family? Or have two journeys yourself? A discount is available if you wish to book the morning and afternoon Monday sessions. The price for the entire day is £750.00 (a saving of £40.00 compared with two individual courses) and lunch is provided. The day starts at 09.00 and should finish by 16.00.
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By Rail - The Welshpool Raven Square Station is approx. 1 mile from the mainline (Shrewsbury - Machynlleth - Aberystwyth) station. Passengers arriving by rail should head towards the center of town and continue straight ahead at the crossroads. Beyond here the road begins to climb before dropping back down to the roundabout at Raven Square.

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.

Prices and opening

Pre-booking essential.