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Welshpool and Llanfair Railway

Welshpool, Powys

Welshpool bound train between Cyfronydd and Dolarddyn
GWR train arriving at Llanfair Caereinion station on the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway 

This railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, and runs now for 8 miles. The original line ended at a different point at Welshpool, the original line being a mile longer, but a bypass and car park got in the way of opening it to its original terminus. This line has a line gauge of 2ft 6 inches, and has one original and several imported engines, the carriages too are special, those in regular use being from Hungary and Austria with access to the enclosed seating area via an open balcony, providing more views. The railway includes many other parts from around the world.

It was built to for freight and in particular farm produce and was once known as 'The Farmers' Railway'. The gauge of 1ft 6 inches is unusual and like most narrow gauge railways this was used so as to both cut costs and allow the trains to have tighter curves and possibly smaller bridges. The are several interesting bridges and viaducts along this line.

Further information Grid



Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, Powys

Ceremonial County: Montgomeryshire

Grid Reference:

SJ 106067

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8 miles of 2'6" track

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Other useful websites:

Great little trains of Wales

Railways in Wales

Wiki   Wiki Images

Narrow gauge pleasure  

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Other Relevant pages: Great little trains of Wales article



Date Updated: 06/2008


Planning Grid


Welshpool and Llanfair Railway

Grid Reference:

SJ 106067

Getting there:

Both of the main stations are located adjacent to the A458 main road.  Welshpool Raven Square station is at the west end of the town (follow the brown signs or A458 Machynlleth / Dolgellau).  

Llanfair Caereinion station is at the east end of the town.  Coming in from the east (Welshpool end) on the A458 the station is first on the left immediately after the 30mph speed restriction starts.  From the west continue on the A458 and follow the brown signs.




free parking at both Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion stations, but no parking at in between stations.



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Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys


SY21 0SF


01938 810441

Opening times:

See website for dates and times


(Some, there are other options)

Adult 11.20
Children (under 3 years) Free
5-15 years (First child per adult) Free  All other children 5.60
Senior citizens, National Trust members and students with railcards 10.20

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Dogs Allowed: For a small fee, but must be kept on a lead.

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Date Updated: 06/2008

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