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Location: 53 07N 4 07W; UK National Grid Ref: SH 582 598

Enquiries to:
Vale of Rheidol Railway, Park Avenue, ABERYSTWYTH, Ceredigion, United Kingdom. SY23 1PG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 625819 Fax: +44 (0)1970 623769
Email: info@rheidolrailway.co.uk

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The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales and was the last steam railway owned by British Rail until it was privatised in 1989.
Opened in 1902, it was originally built to serve the lead mines in the Rheidol Valley. Passengers and timber also formed the mainstay of traffic on the 1ft 11 in gauge route which passes through some of the most rugged terrain of any railway in the United Kingdom. Despite the narrow gauge of the rails, the locomotives and carriages - built at the Great Western Railway's Swindon Works between 1923 and 1838 - are as wide as their standard gauge equivalents.
A new 1,000 sq. metre workshop with machine shop, restoration workshop and loco running shed will allow the VoR to launch engineering apprenticeships when the scheme is fully developed.

The line today

(The evocative photograph at left shows No 8 Llywelyn and No 9 Prince of Wales crossing  at Aberffrwd.)
The VoR Railway runs for 11 miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The terminus is adjacent to the national network station at Aberystwyth, and on the hour-long journey passengers have spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley - views unseen for decades until the VoRR began its renovation programme. This programme continues today, and will see more views opened up for VoRR passengers, and improved facilities at both terminal stations.
At Devil's bridge, there are walks to Mynach Falls, Devil's Punchbowl and Jacob's Ladder.

Most trains wait for about an hour before returning, and although you can catch a later train if you need more time for sightseeing, make sure you do not miss the last train of the day. If in doubt, confirm last times with the guard.

2012 Opening times and fares

Full return trips are not possible on the 16:00, 14.15 or 17:15  departures from Devil's Bridge.


Return Fares Adults 16.00; Senior Citizens 14.00; Children (travelling with an adult) 4.00; unaccompanied children travel at half-fare; .
Children 3 - 15 years of age qualify for the children's rate; children two-years old or under travel free.
Dogs are carried at a flat rate fare of 2.50

How to get there

The Vale of Rheidol Railway is adjacent to the Arriva Trains Wales national network station at Aberystwyth.
Aberystwyth is located at the junction of the A44, A482 and A487 roads, and there is long- and short-stay parking in the vicinity of the station.
For details of connecting bus and rail services, including travel planner and timetables, visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Select the link to visit the Vale of Rheidol Railway's official Website

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