Vale of Rheidol Railway is open daily from 08:30am, with trains departing from 10:30am.



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.



Selected dates in July & August 2019

 This summer, the Vale of Rheidol Railway is giving you the chance to realise those childhood dreams and have a go at driving a steam locomotive.

ride & dine

Selected dates in July & August 2019

Enjoy summer evenings with steam hauled excusions along the Rheidol Valley. There will be no need to worry about cooking as we'll serve up a delicious fish & chip supper!

forgotten engines steam festival weekend

14th & 15th September 2019

 Join us for a weekend full of fantastic steam engines past and present in our Steam Festival.

halloween ghost train

29th, 30th & 31st October 2019

 With a spooky trip on one of our famous trains, alongside some extra ghouls and spooks, watch out for the things in the night. Then return for a Halloween feast... 

the 2019 monster ball

1st November 2019

Join us on the ghoulish steam train journey through the Rheidol Valley to the Hafod Hotel, Devil's Bridge for spooky entertainment and buffet.

sunday lunch specials

3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th 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!


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...

Garratt No.60 – July 2019

A small update this month.  Garratt No.60 has had its reverser white metalled and work has started on building the blast pipe arrangement in the smokebox.

Baldwin No.44699 – July 2019

Work on Baldwin No.44699 of 1917 has recently included the test fitting of the boiler in the frames to fabricate new supporting brackets and check alignments.  Work has also begun on fabricating the foot plating and the required support structure.

Carriage No.11 – July 2019

Recently Carriage No.11 has seen work continue to develop the intricate mouldings to be used within the carriage.  The custom made chairs have been lacquered ahead of being sent for upholstering. A sneak peek of some of the brass mouldings, custom made in...

Carriage No’s 14 & 15

Carriage No's 14 & 15 are the first carriages that have been modified to enable wheelchair access. Car 15's chassis and bogies date from the first batch of carriages, rebuilt to its current form in 1923. Carriage 15 hadn’t been used in service since...

Talyllyn Railway No.3 – Sir Haydn

Talyllyn railway No.3 is here under contract overhaul. The engine was built in 1878 by Hughes’ Loco & Tramway Engineering Works Ltd of Loughborough for use on the Corris Railway. The Corris Rly closed in 1948 and in 1951 the engine was purchased by the...

GWR 1923 built Rheidol Tank No.7

After four years of hard work by a dedicated team of engineers, our iconic locomotive No.7 returned to steam in October 2018. The four year project costing £370,000 has not only restored the locomotive, but also re-introduced engineering excellence within...


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