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July & August 2016

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Upcoming Events

24th & 25th Sep 2016

Our Open Workshop Weekend See page 15 for more information

8th Oct 2016

Music on the Train Join us for a stunning train ride through the Rheidol Valley accompanied by 5 local Artists!

27th, 28th & 29th Oct 2016

November Weekends 2016

Autumn Colours and Sunday Lunches Halloween Ghost Train Join us for a frightfully good trip up the rheidol valley, watch out for things that go bump in the night!

See the Rheidol Valley ablaze in autumn colours. There is also the option of a carvery lunch at the Hafod Hotel at Devil’s Bridge.

Vale of Rheidol Railway News: Two Vale of Rheidol Tank

Engines to appear at Warley Model Railway Show Two of the Vale of Rheidol Railway’s iconic locomotives are to make the journey to Birmingham this November to appear as one of the centrepiece exhibits at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition which will be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 26 and 27th November 2016.

Appearing at the show will be No 1213 alongside No 7 making their first appearance out of Wales for 30 years. No 7 has the distinction of being the last steam locomotive to be operated by British Rail. Withdrawn from service in 1998, it is currently undergoing a major restoration. It will displayed in partially dismantled workshop condition giving visitors an insight into how steam locomotives are constructed.

The restoration of No 7 is progressing thanks to grant funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and it is planned to return the locomotive to service in the next few years. Joining No 7 on the stand will be some of the

railway’s apprentices, representing the next generation of railway craftsmen. They will be on hand to talk about their work and the restoration of the locomotive. This year’s display celebrates the 175th anniversary since the opening of the Swindon locomotive works by showcasing some of the Swindon’s finest locomotive designs. Traditionally the Vale of Rheidol lacked its own workshop facilities so the trio of locomotives periodically returned to their Swindon roots for heavy overhauls. Railway Manager, Llyr ap Iolo said “We are thrilled to be taking two of our locomotives to the Warley show, it is a great opportunity our famous locomotives in the Midlands and an opportunity for us to talk to the visitors about the restoration work we do” The exhibition is one of the largest model railway exhibitions in the country and regularly attracts 17,000 visitors from all around the world. Paul Jones, Exhibition Manager of Warley Model Railway Club said ‘it is a privilege to be able to bring these 2 iconic Swindon built locomotives to the NEC to be one of the star attractions of the UK’s Premier Model Railway Exhibition.They will provide inspiration to the model railway enthusiasts at the event, and will complement superbly the 90 model railway layouts at the Show, many of which will be featuring the work of the Great Western Railway in this Anniversary Year of the works’.

Only once before has a Rheidol locomotive been on display before. No 9 appeared at the National Railway Museum, York between November 1982 and February 1983 as part of the railway’s 80th anniversary commemorations. Page Page22

Vale of Rheidol Railway News:

No.7 Gets Back on it’s Wheels and Gets a New Firebox Around the august bank holiday No.7 was ready to be re-united with its wheels, a key milestone in the restoration process of the engine.

Swindon based Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers of Wanborough, have recently manufactured and delivered a new Firebox, for the ex GWR locomotive No.7, on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth. The loco was originally built in Swindon in 1923, and together with its sister engines Nos. 8 & 9 have regularly been overhauled in Swindon Works, throughout their working lives, up until the 1970/80’s, when still operated by British Railways. Hatch Steam Engineers, run by brothers Colin & Ian Hatch are proud to have kept the link alive between Swindon and the ex GWR line in Mid Wales, still functioning as a major tourist attraction with its Swindon built locos.

The return of the frames to the wheels has turned No.7 into a rolling chassis for the first time in many years. Work will now commence on assembling the valve gear and fabricating new water tanks.

Colin says ‘this year, we are celebrating 175 years of the birth of the Great Western Railway works in Swindon, so it is fabulous that we secured the contract for this major replacement part for a Swindon built loco, which has now been ‘Made in Swindon’, ultimately ensuring the continued operation of the iconic & picturesque Vale of Rheidol Railway in Mid Wales.’

The new firebox delivered to the workshops at Aberystwyth. The works staff on the left, Hatch staff on the right. The boiler for the locomotive is stood upright in the background. Page 3

Painted Lady on the Line By Phillip Ellis

Sunning herself on the line at Capel Bangor with occasional trips for a spot of nectar was not a member of staff but a beautiful long distance migrant from North Africa.

Painted Lady This is a good year for the Painted Lady butterfly with 2 or 3 often feeding on the Buddleia or ‘Butterfly Bush’ at Capel Bangor station. Some years very few reach the UK whist in 1996 and 2009 they came in their millions breeding on the way and some even flying to above the Arctic Circle in Northern Scandinavia. Railway lines both active and disused are good habitat for butterflies. At Capel Bangor where we are keeping an area of wild flower meadow, borders of Lavender and some self seeded Buddleia, 17 species have been recorded this summer.

tillary which might not otherwise survive in the surrounding area.

Small Tortoiseshells Vale of Rheidol Railway Butterfly species recorded in 2016 Small Skipper Large White Small White Green-veined White Orange-tip Small Copper Common Blue Holly Blue Red Admiral Painted Lady Small Tortoiseshell Peacock Comma Speckled Wood Gate Keeper Meadow Brown Ringlet Any other species please let us know.

Green-veined White In recent years there have been many less cabbage whites which should please gardeners. In fact, the most common white in West Wales is the Green-veined White, oddly named as it has grey not green veins on its white wings. It is also unfairly called a cabbage white as it lays its eggs on crucifers like garlic mustard and not cabbages. The Large White and the Small White caterpillars meanwhile continue to do their best to wreck your cabbage patch. The disused Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line maintains a strip of different habitats maintaining small colonies of the uncommon Small Pearl-bordered Fri-

Red Admiral

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Vale of Rheidol Volunteers By Maurice Kyle, Railway Volunteer The work of the volunteers has continued to be heavily influenced by our very variable summer weather over these past months. We have been successively roasted by the sun, and then rained on heavily, which of course makes jobs like painting difficult. However, these excellent conditions for plant growth have meant plenty of alternative work in the various station flower beds, keeping the weeds at bay. Our main concentrated effort has been the transformation of the Capel Bangor station building’s livery...the chocolate and cream of later GWR (and BR Western Region) has been changed to the pre-war GWR colours. This has required a couple of coats to give good coverage, and a steady hand on the corrugations where the two colours meet. The consensus of opinion seems to be very favourable about the new colour scheme, and we are complementing this with new floor paint.We are also giving Capel Bangor station an additional spruce up (after about four years) by the major task of renewed wood treatment for all the vast amount of fencing, and even a new coat of black gloss for each of the lampposts. The wood treatment for the fencing looks and smells like creosote, without its carcinogenic properties; but it splashes and lingers on overalls just the same! We have also been hard at work keeping the steep paths above Rheidol Falls Halt and Aberffrwd station free of brambles and bracken. We are particularly pleased to see lots of evidence that both these have been used by walkers, and are becoming increasingly easy to follow on the ground, both by our clearing, and the footfall. In this edition of the newsletter, I have included the second of the ‘twin ‘ linear walks that uses the path above Aberffrwd, providing a delightful amble to Nanyronen Halt. Not everyone yet realises that a return ticket on the railway is effectively a ‘day rover’, which means you can stop off and do a walk like the one here, as well as complete the full journey, all in one day. We are also in the process of producing the Second Edition of my walkers’ guidebook, ‘Railway Walks in the Vale of Rheidol’ which will be available at the railway shops and Aberystwyth tourist office soon.

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Maurice’s featured walk

Non-circular walk from Aberffrwd to Nantyronen Halt. 3 km a little less than 2 miles, about ¾ to 1 hour. A fairly easy and short walk but with lovely views and varied terrain. A clear path leads steeply up through the woods, and then after a rather less easy to follow section, a descent down a long beautiful valley leads down to Nantyronen. Of course this can be combined with other ‘inter-station’ walks to make a longer route. 1. From Aberffrwd station, go over the level crossing uphill, and walk up the steep lane. Ignore a gate on your right with a wide forest track, but in about 150 m and just before you reach a white painted house, notice a signposted path ascending into the forest on your right, at a small turning place for vehicles.The path is tricky to follow after an autumn leaf-fall, climbing steeply at first, bearing right through the deciduous forest, levelling off a little before you arrive at a stile at the forest boundary.

climbing up into open meadowland beyond. Here there is a choice of ill-defined sheep paths, but choose one that simply goes straight over the brow of the grassy ridge to the left, and you will soon see a gate ahead or to the left of you, with a path crossing our way at a right angle before you get to it.

4. The path ahead skirts round a scrubby area before leading down to a gate and stream in a tiny wooded valley or gully. Then it bears right and becomes a clear track

Note that ‘up’ trains stop at Nantyronen Halt to take on water, but it is a request stop for trains heading towards Aberystwyth.

5. Descend to the right on this crossing path towards the trees lining the bottom of this beautiful small valley then follow it down, descending steadily with a lovely view ahead of you. The right of way runs in the open grass2. Here you cross into a plantation of recently land adjacent to the trees, parallel to the stream; there is also planted mixed trees and if the growth is not yet too dense, here and there the option to adopt a sheep trail down closer you will see the railway and Aberffrwd station well below to the stream. On the crest of the ridge over to the right in you, and a really lovely valley view. The small path levels off the forested area (Coed Lluest) there is an ancient iron age here, meandering between old tree stumps for a while until settlement, but our right of way leads in a straight westerly it starts ascending steeply again towards a copse of conifers. direction heading directly towards Nantyronen Halt. When Through this and into young birches, the way steepens fur- you arrive at the top of a grassy shoulder you will see the ther, finally zig-zagging left towards the top of the hill. This railway below, and to the left at the bottom, the Halt with the next part of the route can be overgrown with bracken and (current) water tower. There is a gate at the bottom of the brambles in mid-summer, when it requires some concentra- hill which would give easy access to the eastern end of tion to find, but persevere as it is short and you are well The Halt platform. rewarded with a great view from the stile at the top. 6. However, from this viewpoint about 120 metres 3. Once over the stile, immediately see another from the gate, the public right of way unfortunately turns stile on your right at the field corner which leads into a sharply right across the field, through a gap in the fence and straight length of an ancient track, descending gradually be- crosses the tween raised ridges alongside a wire fence to yet another railway about 300 m northeast of the station. A muddy track stile. This is an excellent place for a stop to admire the view takes you through Troed-rhiw-ceir farm, then eventually of the lower Rheidol valley below, and the sea in the far dis- onto a small surfaced lane where you turn left. This lane tance. eventually bends left again 400 m further on, ending up at the western end of Nantyronen Halt via a very circuitous route.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway News: An interesting find We recently acquired an Edmondson ticket rack from the Isle of Man with the intent of it being installed at one of our stations. When we had a good look at the ticket rack it was noticed there was some paper stuffed as a wedge down the inside of one of the edges.

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Big Train Little Train Thanks to a competition sponsored by the Department for Transport, travellers to Wales have a new free guide to tell them how to visit the “Great Little Trains of Wales” and many other Welsh attractions by public transport. Taking the big trains to meet the little trains is the theme of a new 100 page guidebook launched at London King’s Cross station on 2nd August. It is published by the little railways, working together with Arriva Trains Wales, and includes ideas for intriguing places to stay and eat, walks, heritage sites and the magnificent scenery of Wales.

our Heritage and Community Railways competition. This new guide for visitors and tourists is a great way of showing the best that Britain has to offer. I look forward to seeing the scheme thrive and be of real benefit to tourists visiting Wales.” In May 2016, a £67,000 UK Government funding boost was awarded to the Great Little Train of Wales (GLTW) from the Department for Transport (DfT) to work together with Arriva Trains Wales to attract tourists from London to Wales. GLTW, which represents eleven railways across Wales, put together an entry for the DfT Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation Competition and secured the grant to implement the plan.

Vale of Rheidol Staff at the Launch on Kings Cross Station

“Big Train meets Little Train” is inspired by the Bradshaw’s Guides of years gone by, and suggests a range of trips into and around Wales, encouraging the novice public transport user or overseas tourist to get out and about by rail. There is a feature on each of the eleven little trains, plus two of Wales’ beautiful community lines, run by Arriva Trains Wales. In addition, there are some real travellers’ tales to whet your appetite, including BBC ‘Antiques Roadshow’ expert, Paul Atterbury. There are suggestions on places to eat, journeys to make and places to stay as well as Alongside the printed guidebook, a new websome local tips to get the most from your site has been set up on which it will be possivisit to this proud little country. ble to read the guide online or to download it from Rail Minister Paul Maynard said: “I am delighted that The Great Little Trains of Wales is Copies of the printed guide are available on one of 17 national winners across Britain in request from Page 8


Locomotive No.7 “Owain Glyndwr”

The third of the Rheidol tank Locomotive is No.7 “Owain Glyndwr” . During British Rail’s ownership of the line, No.7 was regarded as the best of the Rheidol locomotives. The locomotive was withdrawn from traffic in 1998 and dismantled to await restoration. As a result of building the new engineering workshop,The Vale of Rheidol Railway are now able to overhaul the locomotive and here you can follow the progress.

Throughout July and August work has continued on Locomotive No.7 “Owain Glyndwr”. A lot of progress has been made on No.7 throughout the last couple of months.The cylinders have been fitted to the frame, the motion has all been polished ready to be fitted.

The brake blocks are now being attached to the chassis another step forward towards the completion of the rolling chassis and we are also manufacturing a new drain cock linkage.

As seen in the article on page 3, the new inner firebox has been delivered, this will now allow assembly of the boiler to begin. Not forgetting the exciting news that No.7 now is a rolling chassis. Page 9


Other workshop projects

Within the workshop, the team work on repairing and maintaining the Vale of Rheidol Railway’s rolling stock as well as taking on other contract work.


blasting, overhauling the brake gear, rebuilding horn guides and bearing bearing primary suspension mountings and the fitting of shock absorbers to improve secondary suspension. Cattle Wagon

Our unique narrow gauge ‘Permaquip’ personnel carrier known as ‘Thunderbird 4’ is a workhorse of our permanent way gang as well as being used in a variety of railway supporting roles and after 30 years service is now recieving a bit of TLC. to it’s bodywork and interiors.

The restoration of the Cattle Wagon is being used as a training project for our apprecentices and the wagon is almost ready to be placed back upon it’s wheels again after having the frame returned to the correct height. Paintshop

Work being completed includes: Replacing large sections of bodywork Re-wiring the electronics Fitting new lighting Modifying the interior Re-upholstering the seating Full re-paint and signwriting

The team in the paintshop have been busy working on new period cast iron signs that have been cast in our foundry that are being finished in our own paint shop.

New carriage bogies Work is progressing on the overhaul and improvement of a third set of carriage bogies to improve the ride quality and comfort for our passengers. The rebuilding consists of shot

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History in Pictures By Rob Bance, Archives

In this months archive photograph, we see a rather unusual train movement, with locomotive No.9 on a push - pull service from the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show which was held at Blaendolau fields, near Llanbadarn Station in 1957.

Business was very good with 50,520 sixpenny returns issued. The tablet instrument and a telephone were moved into the ticket office at Aberystwyth station and limits were extended to Llanbadarn, and the long train with a loco at either end shuttled out and back as often as it could.

Job Opportunities

There is a job opportunities which has arisen. For more information on the job vacancy go to: or apply at Head of Marketing/Marketing Manager

Our Marketing Manager reports direct to the Managing Director and is responsible for shaping and delivering plans to ensure our stretching visitor number targets are met. You will be numerate, driven by targets and ideally will have a relevant qualification. But most of all, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to deliver results in a related field of tourism, hospitality or transport.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway News: Out & About Over the last couple of months the marketing and booking office teams have been busy visiting various shows and a wedding fayre promoting the railway and what we can offer. In July we had a stand at the Rheidol Fun Day run by Statkraft the owners of the power station. Thankfully the bad weather soon went away giving a lovely day in the valley at the Visitor Centre and it provides a nice view of our railway from the valley floor.

At the end of July we spent 4 days at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, with glorious weather. During august we spent the day with the Aeron Valley Railway Society at their annual Model Railway Exhibition held in Llwyncelyn Village Hall.

Permanent Way

The Track Maintenance Team

As the permanent way gangs trusty work horse is in the workshops recieiving some TLC, the permanent way gang have been using one of our vehicles to get around the line.

the sight lines for the train crews. Also a large section of overgrown scrub area alongside our line between Llanbadarn railway crossing and the river has been been cut back and cleared too, this improving the views for our During the last couple of months the big pro- passengers. jects that have been tackled have been large lineside clearance jobs. The vegetation at a The gang have also been busy performing section of the line known as Smithy’s Corner their usual day to day track inspections and has been cut back and cleared to improve maintenance of our railway.

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The Vale of Rheidol’s Railway Shop featured products: Accucraft War Department Baldwin 4-6-0 An urgent need for narrow gauge locos to operate the lines behind the trenches in WW1 led the Railways Operating Division (ROD) to source locos from America as well as Britain. Both Baldwin and Alco produced designs and the Baldwin 4-6-0 pannier tank was made in huge numbers. Dispersal sales after the war saw them scattered around the globe with a number ending up in the UK on lines such as the Welsh Highland, Ashover, Snailbeach and Glyn Valley Tramway, many having been acquired by Colonel Stephens for his narrow gauge empire. The model is internally gas fired and is constructed from etched brass and stainless steel. The model is only available in manual control version. The colour is satin black. The version we have in stock is designed to run on 45mm gauge track. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge glass. The locomotive comes fitted with Accucraft standard square headed chopper couplings. The wheels are insulated as standard. The cab roof lifts up and tilts sideways to give easy access to the cab interior. This model comes complete with a water filling hose that hangs on the bracket at the rear of the cab and a softback book titled ‘The Railway Gazette - Special War Transportation Number’, this book to buy seperately would cost £14.95. This Model and others from the Accucraft range can be purchased from either our railway gift shop in Aberystwyth or our online store. The Baldwin is priced at £1395.

LGB District Inspector’s Handcar

Handcars are familiar on almost all railways around the world. They were used in the past and are still used in large numbers today and for many decades have been an indispensable aid in maintaining rail routes and sometimes bringing supplies. On the LGB model a powerful motor provides the drive for this comical unit. It is prototypically painted and has separately applied details such as bridges, picks, etc. Page 13

When you turn the knob on the locomotive controller you’ll see how the railway worker appears to make it move prototypically. All 4 wheels on the model pick up current. Length over the buffers approximately 14 cm / 5-1/2”. This item is available from our railway gift shop or our online store priced at £131.

Call our shop on 01970 625819

Pictures from the Month By John R Jones, International Travel Photographer

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Workshop Open Weekend During the weekend of the 24th & 25th September 2016, we will be throwing open the doors to our restoration workshop to allow the general public a behind the scenes look at the projects we are working on.

‘Margaret’ our quarry hunslet engine will be running at our aberystwyth station providing our driver for a fiver experience. There will also be Model Railway Layouts on display within our workshop. We will have a 00 Throughout the weekend members of our en- Gauge Model of the Former Aberayron Branch gineering team will be on hand to discuss the Terminus and a new N Gauge Layout, our open projects they have been working on. weekend being the first outing of this layout.

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Upcoming Events Halloween Trains Music on the Train The Vale of Rheidol Railway is to be hosting a musical event on the 8th October 2016. Join us for a stunning train ride through the Rheidol Valley accompanied by 5 local acoustic Artists!

Listen to the sound of acoustic music in the carriages, each artist will play a set in the each of the carriages whilst the train travels up into the Cambrian Mountains from Aberystwyth. The journey will take an hour to carry you up to the picturesque village of Devil’s Bridge, nestled at the top of the Rheidol Valley. Departing at 6.00pm on 8th October 2016, you board the train at the Vale of Rheidol Railway’s Aberystwyth Station.

During the evenings of 27th, 28th & 29th October 2016, the Railway will become a frightfully good place to be.

Join us for an evening of Ghoulish goings on. Travelling up through the valley as the light fades into darkness outside the carriages. Included in the cost of the ticket is the journey itself, entertainment during the journey, a halloween feast and a drink at Devil’s Bridge station and a goody bag for children aged 3-15.

Donation Return Fares (comes with a voucher for 15% of the ticket value): Adults - £22 Seniors - £21 Students - £17.60 Children - £9 Once at Devil’s Bridge, Passengers will have an hour until the train departs. This gives enough time to do some of the walks, enjoy a coffee at the cafe or even watch the musicians have a “jam” at the station. Booking is strongly advised for this popular event which is rapidly gaining in popularity and becoming an annual event on the Vale of Rheidol timetable.

Why not dress up for the occasion? Fancy dress is more than welcome on our railway. There will be a prize for the best dressed too. Advance booking for these trains is recommended, due to their popularity.

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Vale of Rheidol Railway Timetable and Train times JULY 2016 M T W T 4 11 18 25

F 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29

AUGUST 2016 S 2 9 16 23 30


M T W T 3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25


5 6 7 12 13 14 19 20 21 26 27 28

S 1 8 15 22 29

S 3 10 17 24 31

M 1 8 15 22 29

S 2 9 16 23 30

M T 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29







W 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

F 5 12 19 26


S 7 14 21 28

M T W T 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29

S 6 13 20 27


S 6 13 20 27

NOVEMBER 2016 W 2 9 16 23 30

T 3 10 17 24

F 4 11 18 25

S 5 12 19 26

W T F 1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 16 17 20 21 22 23 24 27 28

No Train Services Available

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S 4 11 18 25

F 2 9 16 23 30

T W T 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28 29

5 12 19 26

F 2 9 16 23 30

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ORANGE 10:30 2:00 10:50 2:20 11:10 2:40 11:30 3:00 12:30 4:15 12:50 4:35 1:10 4:55 1:30 5:15

Aberystwyth Capel Bangor Aberffrwd Devil’s Bridge Devil’s Bridge Aberffrwd Capel Bangor Aberystwyth

dep: dep: dep: arr: dep: dep: dep: arr:

10:30 10:50 11:10 11:30 12:30 12:50 1:10 1:30

12:15 12:35 12:55 1:15 2:15 2:35 2:55 3:15

S 4 11 18 25

S 3 10 17 24 31

S 4 11 18 25

MARCH 2017 S 5 12 19 26

M T W 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28 29

T 2 9 16 23 30

F 3 10 17 24 31

1. Pick your day of travel from the calendar. 2. Match the colour to the relevant timetable below. Please note there are no services on white days.

Aberystwyth Capel Bangor Aberffrwd Devil’s Bridge Devil’s Bridge Aberffrwd Capel Bangor Aberystwyth

S 3 10 17 24




T 2 9 16 23 30

10:30 10:50 11:10 11:30 12:30 12:50 1:10 1:30 GREEN 2:00 2:20 2:40 3:00 4:00 4:20 4:40 5:00

YELLOW 12:15 2:00 12:35 2:20 12:55 2:40 1:15 3:00 2:15 4:00 2:35 4:20 2:55 4:40 3:15 5:00 3:45 4:05 4:25 4:45 5:45 6:05 6:25 6:45

6:00 6:20 6:40 7:00 8:00 8:20 8:40 9:00

3:45 4:05 4:25 4:45 5:45 6:05 6:25 6:45 GOLD 11:00 11:20 11:40 12:00 2:00 2:20 2:40 3:00

S 4 11 18 25

S 5 12 19 26

Have you ever considered chartering a private train? Here at the Vale of Rheidol Railway it is possible to hire a train specifically for an event you have coming up.

recently been taken over by new owners, who are able to provide a venue which can cater for a range of function types.

So whether it is a wedding, a work function or you just want to do something different why not get in touch with us and see what we can do.

The Tynrhyd Retreat is a popular venue for weddings nestled in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of the village of Devil’s Bridge.

You may even like to consider linking in with one of the venues in Devil’s Bridge like the Hafod Hotel or the Tynrhyd Retreat.

For more information please get in touch with us by email ( or by phone (01970 625819) and ask to speak to our marketing team.

The Hafod Hotel shot to fame as a filming venue for the cult television series ‘Hinterland’. It has

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