Copyright ©2011 Bruce Yarborough

 

A blast of the whistle and the hiss of steam and you’re away! Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.

 

Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley. Opened in 1902, the railway has been delighting passengers young and old for over a century.

Feel the wind in your hair in one of our Open Summer Carriages or watch the scenery passing by from the comfort of our First Class Observation Saloons. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. Alight at one of our recently restored intermediate stations and explore the many walks the valley has to offer. Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge.

Birds of prey such as Red Kite and Buzzards are regularly seen soaring high above the valley floor and breath taking views can be enjoyed by all. See our timetable below, and book your tickets online here.

The line is a masterpiece of engineering, opened in 1902 to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic. The narrow track gauge allows the railway to follow the contours of the terrain with many sharp curves and steep gradients which add to the railway's charm.

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DRIVER FOR A FIVER???

On both our yellow and green timetabled days, we will be running our popular 'Driver for a fiver' experience - allowing visitors the chance to drive our own Kerr Stuart 'Wren' class engine no. 3114 at Devil's Bridge station. Take the opportunity of a lifetime to make those childhood dreams come true! £5 for an accompanied drive and £3 for a footplate ride. No booking required. (subject to availability).

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PALMERSTON RETURNS

FULL DETAILS HERE

 

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Vale of Rheidol Railway
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
Registered Charity No 1076037

Bookings and Enquiries: 01970 625819
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Special Events...


Palmerston Returns :
20th, 21st, 27th & 28th September 2014.


"Driver for a Fiver" - Selected days during the summer holidays.

Summer Evening Excursions:
30th July, 6th, 9th, 13th, 20th & 23rd August.



Halloween Trains
30th & 31st October and 1st November.

 


Santa Specials
13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December


Sunday Lunch at Devil's Bridge


Afternoon Tea at Devil's Bridge