Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway (Welshpool) Reviews
Description:Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (W&LLR) / Preservation Co. Limited / The Station / Llanfair Caereinion / Welshpool / ... more
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway (Welshpool) ... Powys / SY21 0SF / Tel: 01938 810441. / The W&LLR was one of the few narrow gauge branch lines to be built under the provisions of the 1896 Light Railways Act. It was opened on 4 April 1903 to aid economic development in a remote area. It never made a profit. It was originally operated by the Cambrian Railways. The line is built through difficult country, having a great number of curves in order to reach the summit of 600ft. The original terminus at Welshpool was located alongside the main line station and trains wound their way through the town, using the locomotive bell as a warning. In the 1923 Grouping of railway companies the line was taken over by the Great Western Railway. On 9 February 1931 the line lost its passenger service, which was replaced by a bus service, and it became a freight-only line. It was temporarily re-opened to passengers between 6 and 11 August 1945 for the Eisteddfod. The W&LLR was nationalised in 1948. Freight traffic lingered on until 1956, by which time British Railways decided to close the line. A group of volunteers and enthusiasts took the line over and started raising money to restore it. On 6 April 1963 the first section of the line was re-opened as a tourist railway. The line through Welshpool however could not be reopened, so the line has a new terminus at Raven Square on the outskirts of the town, originally opened on 18 July 1981. Because of the gauge, unusual for the British Isles, locomotives and rolling stock to supplement the originals have had to be obtained from a cosmopolitan variety of sources. A major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund permitted restoration of both original locomotives together with several coaches and original wagons, and provision of new workshop facilities, ready for the line's centenary.
Newest Review: ... up to book our places, although a little steep at £9.80 each (even for the kids!). Anyway two days later my receipt and ticket arrived, so we all looked forward to going. On the day, we arrived at Llanfair station 10mins early to hear lovely christmas music and a great atmosphere. We boarded the train and were soon on our way, the kids were mesmerised by smoke coming out of a train! When ... more
Customer Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway (Welshpool) Reviews (1)
by - written on 07/01/09 (Very useful, 84 readings)
As christmas was approaching, i had decided to take my partners little boy and my two nephews to see Father Christmas. However, i could not find any Grotto's locally, and remembered being told about the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. I looked them up on the internet and discovered that we could ride the old fashioned steam train with Santa! Great I thought, so i phoned them up to book our places, although a little steep at £9.80 each (even for the kids!). Anyway two days later my receipt and ticket arrived, so we all looked forward to going. On the day, we arrived at Llanfair station 10mins early to hear lovely christmas ... Read the complete review
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