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The Station Llanfair Caereinion Powys Wales
The railway was built in the opening years of the 20th Century, opening in 1903 to link the rural communities to the market town of Welshpool. The gauge of 2 foot 6 inches allowed for tight curves and steep gradients following the contours of the countryside. Operated initially by the Cambrian Railways, the W&L was taken over by the Great Western Railway and British Railways being run with less and less hope of profit. After 1931 only freight was carried until eventual closure in 1956. In 1963 a group of enthusiasts rallied round and reopened the line. Your journey begins on the edge of the historic market town of Welshpool. Right from the start it is all action as the train battles up the notoriously steep Golfa Bank accompanied by the sound of the locomotive echoing off the hills. From the open balconies of our unique Austrian coaches you will see the beautiful mid Wales countryside roll slowly by as you travel into the delightful Banwy Valley. Your train will be hauled by one of our historic steam locomotives from as far away as Finland, Sierra Leone, Austria and Manchester. As your journey unfolds through this picturesque part of Wales you may well see deer, hawks and even otters. As you approach your journey's end the train travels along the River Banwy into Llanfair Caereinion. Here you can visit our shop, have a snack in the Edwardian style Tea Room or chat to our friendly staff who are happy to answer any questions.
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