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Suggestions for Heritage railways to visit in and near Wales

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by SouthernDays, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. SouthernDays

    SouthernDays New Member

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    Hi, first post here. I will be in south Wales near Carmarthen on the weekend of 27th July and will have about a week after or maybe a week either side to travel around. I wondered if you could suggest any must see railways in wales and nearby. I was thinking of going perhaps to the Ffestiniog. I prefer standard gauge and steam but quite like the idea of narrow mountain railways. Not averse to traveling by train a bit for instance to the SVR. Thanks!
     
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    Matt78 Well-Known Member

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    Hi SouthernDays

    If you're in Carmarthen then pay a visit to the Gwili- www.gwili-railway.co.uk if you fancy a day where you don't have to go far!

    regards

    Matt
     
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    Thanks Matt looks good!
     
  4. TonyMay

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    Nice part of the country though but tot too much around there as regards steam. Gwilli is small, but worth a visit if you're in the area. Otherwise, it's north to Vale of Rheidol at Aberystwyth (50 miles, 1.5 hrs car) recommended. Go further north than Aberystwyth there's a few more narrow gauge lines, including Ffestiniog. The largest "big" standard gauge line to Carmarthen is... ...Severn Valley at 108 miles, with Llangollen slightly behind at 118 miles. Neither exactly close.
     
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    As well as the standard gauge Gwili Railway, don't forget the Teifi Valley Railway! http://www.teifivalleyrailway.org/
    It's the nearest narrow gauge line to Carmarthen.
    If you're travelling to/from Carmarthen by car along the M4 corridor, the Brecon Mountain Railway (narrow gauge), Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway and Dean Forest Railway can also all be reached fairly easily from that road. Not quite so easy by train, though the DFR Lydney Junction station is only a short walk from Lydney on the Newport - Gloucester line.

    As for travelling to the SVR by train from Carmarthen, one option would be to travel to Shrewsbury on one of the generally hourly ATW services to Manchester, and then get to Bridgnorth by bus. Alternatively, change at Hereford for Worcester and again (if necessary) for Kidderminster. Whether or not you could do the return trip in a day is anyone's guess!

    It's not steam, but a trip up the Central Wales line to Shrewsbury is a scenic delight.

    Cheers,
     
  6. paulhitch

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    W&LLR comes to mind.

    P.H.
     
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    If you're going up the Coast then I'd advise; Vale of Rheidol, Talyllyn Ralway, Bala Lake Railway, Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway and Welsh Highland Heritage Railway Railway.
     
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    paulhitch Guest

    On this basis add Corris.

    PH
     
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    Don't forget the Barry Tourist Railway too! www.barrytouristrailway.co.uk They've got a vintage car rally on on 28th July and an open day on 3rd August.

    Clearly I'm going to plug the Llangollen Railway (home of the Betton Grange Society) and the Ffestiniog Railway (as a former volunteer). Just enjoy Wales while you are there!
     
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    May as well add Brecon, Llanberis Lake and Snowdon...then there's Aberystwyth Cliff railway and is Centre of Alternative Technology thing near Machynlleth still in use?
     
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    When you start looking at the list that has been built up there is certainly a lot of choice! Just don't overlook how much time it can take to travel from one end of Wales to another, particularly going up the coast - slow winding roads with a number of estuaries in the way to prevent easy access - but well worth the effort!

    Steve B
     
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    Thanks for the great suggestions, my itinerary so far is Gwili, then heart of wales line to Aberystwyth and Vale of Rheidol. Then Dovey Junction to Pwllheli and onto the Ffestiniog. Lastly Llangollen on way home!
     

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