During November the Vale of Rheidol Railway Shop is open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Trains depart on Sundays only at 11:00am

The Vale of Rheidol regrets that we will not be operating Santa Trains this year.



The Vale of Rheidol Railway re-creates the Edwardian spirit of adventure. Step aboard one of our restored steam trains for a stunning journey along the Rheidol Valley.

Since opening in 1902, millions have enjoyed the scenic trip through the ancient woodlands to Devil’s Bridge, home of the famous waterfalls.



See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery. 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.

Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) during the 12 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. 



With shops at both ends of the railway, you can purchase unique gifts and souvenirs, as well as light refreshments and local produce.

We specialise in railway books, garden railway and children’s train sets plus loads more. Please visit our online shop.


sunday lunch specials

3, 10, 17 & 24 November 2019

 End your weekend with an extra special trip to Devils Bridge, taking in the ever changing stunning scenery and stop at the Hafod Hotel for a sumptious roast!


Garratt No.60 – October 2019

The Garratt has been getting fitted out with the necessary pipework and control equipment for the addition of air braking on the locomotive. The pipework has been neatly hidden along the inside of the running board and under the floorboards on the footplate. A new...

Work Begins on our New Carriage Shed

Work has commenced on our new carriage shed building. The westernside foundations have been laid and allowed to set first, as the buildings framework will be constructed from West to East. Each of the foundations has wooden framework holding in place a stud for the...

Carriage No.11 – September 2019

Carriage 11 has been progressing closer towards entry to service with the interior wall panel being lacquered, the intricate detail work being built up within the carriage interior and a storage area being custom built for storage of the guard’s equipment, including a...

Baldwin No.44699 – September 2019

The Baldwin is starting to look like it a 10-12-D, but much is still to be done. The engine has had new cab side and front sheets fabricated for it and the original roof and ironwork has been removed from the old cab and temporarily bolted to the new parts, pending...

Station Project Update

The station project has been a little quiet since the completion of our new platform, whilst drawings and contracts for the next stage of the project have been getting agreed.  One job that has been completing is the rebuilding of the boundary wall and fence, a...

Garratt No.60 – September 2019

Work has been progressing on the Garratt as its entry to service grows closer. The fabrication of the spark arrestor assembly has been completed, and lapping of the joints, to ensure a good seal, has been taking place on the large steam pipes that run beneath the...

Carriage No.11 – August 2019

The transformation of Carriage No.11 has been continuing with the test fitting of the new brass doorsills that have been cast in our forge at our Surrey workshops.  A mock-up has been made for the folding table design for the first class compartment.  Work...

Baldwin No.44699 – August 2019

Since our last update for Baldwin No.44699, the new metal work to enable fabrication of the bunker for the Baldwin has been delivered and the metal panels have been temporarily bolted into position.  Work has taken place on the ‘face’ of the engine, with...

Garratt No.60 – August 2019

Since the last update on Garratt NGG13 No.60, it has had a new, original design, chimney fitted. The kit of parts to fabricate the new spark arrestor has been designed, ordered, delivered and fitting has now begun. The other big job currently underway is...

VoR Team Member Jeff Cargill Honoured for His Work as an Archive Conservator

Archive Conservator Jeff Cargill Honoured by All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and HistoryAn Outstanding Career in ConservationNominated by his peers in the conservation community and the ARA Board, Jeff Cargill (photo below, right) is the first...


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