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Join us for what will be a celebration of small engines working on one of the most iconic narrow gauge railways in Britain.

EXCLUSIVE first opportunity to ride behind recently restored locomotives "Margaret" (Hunslet Small Quarry Class No 605 of 1894) and "Diana" (Kerr Stuart Sirdar Class No 1158 of 1917). "Diana" is the only example of the Kerr Stuart Sirdar Class in operation.

Both will be hauling their first trains in over 65 years after restoration in the new Vale of Rheidol workshops at Aberystwyth.

Also fresh from restoration is "Winifred" (Hunslet Port Class No 364 of 1885) making its first in steam appearance away from its home at the Bala Lake Railway. Shipped to America in 1965, Winifred was purchased by Julian Birley and bought back to the UK in 2012. This will be one of Winifred's last appearances in its original quarry paintwork prior to repainting.

"Sybil Mary" (Hunslet Large Quarry Class No 921of 1906) from the Statfold Barn Railway. Withdrawn from service in 1955, Sybil Mary returned to steam in 2013 after a 58 year absence.

This is the first time these locomotives have been together in preservation providing a unique spectacle.

They will be supplemented by the resident Rheidol Tanks No 8 "Llywelyn" and No 9 "Prince of Wales" which will be operating services to Devil's Bridge.

All locomotives are subject to availability.

  • Margaret 's first ever passenger trains. It was withdrawn from Penrhyn Quarry in 1950.
  • Diana's first ever passenger trains. It was withdrawn from service in 1950.
  • One of Winifred's last appearances with original quarry paintwork, prior to repainting and first visit to another railway since restoration.
  • Quarry wagon shunting at Aberystwyth
  • Footplate rides at Aberystwyth (donations welcome)
  • Double headed quarry engines hauling passenger trains
  • Loco Line-up photo opportunities showing the Small Quarry, Large Quarry and Port Class locomotives together.
  • Exclusive guided tours of the new restoration and conservation workshops at Aberystwyth. See the progress on the overhaul of VoR No 7 Owain Glynd w r which has been out of traffic since 1998. (Donations Welcome)
  • Exclusive opportunity to see never seen before locomotives in the workshops.
  • Become and Engine Driver with "Driver for a Fiver" & Footplate rides at Devil's Bridge with Kerr Stuart Wren 3114


You are advised to check the timetable for updates before travelling.  The latest version is available HERE.


Diana appears courtesy of Phil Mason, Winifred appears courtesy of Julian Birley and Sybil Mary appears courtesy of Graham Lee.

Whilst every care will be taken to ensure the trains run as advertised, the railway reserves the right to vary the published timetables and locomotive allocations with or without notice. All locomotives subject to availability.


A variety of tickets are available. If you are wanting to make the most of the weekend, we recommend our weekend rover tickets. (N.B. Tickets purchased in Sunday allow for travel on the regular services on Monday)

As a charity (No 1076037), the railway can claim Gift Aid on your admission if you pay our donation fares. Everybody who chooses to pay the donation fare receives a voucher for 15% of your total ticket spend which can be redeemed in our Shops at Aberystwyth and Devils Bridge or the Two Hoots Cafe in Devil's Bridge saving you money on your visit.

If you do not wish to pay by donation, please ask for standard fares, but you will not receive a voucher.


Donation Fare

Standard Fare

Adult Weekend Rover



Child Weekend Rover



These prices include unlimited travel on all trains including shuttles to Capel Bangor


If you are just visiting for the day and want to be able to ride on all available trains, then a Day Rover is the best value.


Donation Fare

Standard Fare

Adult Day Rover



Child Day Rover



These prices include unlimited travel on all trains including shuttles to Capel Bangor


If you just wish to travel to Devil's Bridge and not travel behind our visiting locomotives, then our regular fares apply for the Devil's Bridge passenger services.


Donation Fare

Standard Fare

Adult Return



Senior Return



Child Return



One trip Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge or vice versa. Excludes Capel Bangor Shuttles.


Or if you just want a short trip to Capel Bangor and back behind our visiting locomotives:


Donation Fare

Standard Fare

Adult Return



Child Return



One trip only between Aberystwyth to Capel Bangor.


Tickets can be purchased in advance via our website or from the Booking Office on the day.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
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