14th & 15th September 2019

Special weekend timetable will be operating, see below for published timetable.

Following our successful Forgotten Engines event in 2015 we are pleased to announce its return with a fantastic collection of locomotives

See all three GWR Rheidol tanks in steam together for the first time in 20 years.

Three mystery engines, ‘hidden for decades’ will also be on show.

Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST Nesta (704 of 1899) will be seen in public for the first time since being rescued from a swamp in Puerto Rico by Robert Gambrill and repatriation to Britain in 2016.  Nesta, the last remaining unrestored ex-Penrhyn slate quarry Hunslet, will be appearing in Wales for the first time since export to USA in July 1965.

Also being unveiled in public for the first time in Britain will be ex-German army trench railways Maffei-built ‘Brigardelok’ 0-8-0T 4766 of 1916 (DFB No. 968) imported by Vale of Rheidol Railway in 2002 and Borsig 0-4-0WT 20HP Type 2 5913 of 1906 purchased by Vale of Rheidol Railway in 1994.

The Steam Festival Weekend will feature guided workshop tours to view the three ‘forgotten’ engines, along with work in progress on other restoration projects.  These are likely to include Vale of Rheidol Railway’s Hanomag 2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt NG/G13 (10551/1927) No. 60, Welsh Highland Heritage Railway’s Baldwin 10-12-D 4-6-0T WDLR No. 794 (BLW44699/1917) undergoing restoration as Welsh Highland Railway No. 590 and Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s Beyer Peacock 0-6-0T No. 822 The Earl.

All three of Vale of Rheidol Railway’s classic 2-6-2T locomotives, Nos. 7 and 8 of 1923 and 1213 of 1924, will be in action working an intensive timetable each day service on both days.  Between service trains unique ‘Driver for a Fiver’ opportunities at Aberystwyth offer the chance for visitors to take the regulator of a Rheidol Tank loco.  Hunslet 0-4-0ST Margaret will offer further ‘Driver for a Fiver’ opportunities at Devil’s Bridge.

Hunslet 0-4-0ST Nesta (HE704 of 1899) is one of four Small Quarry class Hunslet’s built for Penrhyn Quarry, the others being Margaret, Alan George and Elin.  

Nesta was exported to USA in 1965 and subsequently was moved to Puerto Rico from where Robert Gambrill negotiated its purchase.  Nesta returned to Britain in 2016 and has been stored at a private site awaiting restoration. 

Her sister Margaret was restored by Vale of Rheidol Railway and will be working at Devil’s Bridge during the weekend.  Alan George and Elin are presently undergoing overhauls at the Railways where they are based.

JA Maffei Brigardelok 0-8-0T KLA 4766 of 1916, DFB 968 was built for use on the German army trench railways during World War One. 

Purchased by Ruvenhorst & Humbert in the 1940’s, it changed hands in 1967 and again in 1987 when bought by M Mervaux in Paris in 1987. 

Vale of Rheidol Railway purchased the loco in a French Auction in 2002.  It seems to have done little work and remains in very good, original, condition.

Borsig 0-4-0WT 5913 of  1906 is a 20HP Type 2 fitted with Walscherts valve gear. 

Built for the Briqueteries, Modernes N.V., Knokke – zwevegem, Belgium, where it ran as loco No. 3 the boiler was repaired by Focquet of Belgium in 1930 and it last steamed in 1965.  Following purchase by Edelhart De Lille of Maldegem, Belgium, in 1972 it went into storage until being purchased by Vale of Rheidol Railway in July 1994. 

Another Borsig locomotive is privately owned by Vale of Rheidol Railway Chairman Peter Rampton.

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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!

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