The heritage railway will be doubling-up with a celebration of two important milestones next week.
The celebration taking place over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June will mark both 60 years operating as a preserved railway and 120 years since the first train in 1903 for Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.
Saturday’s festivities will focus on celebrating the railway’s preservation achievements and include the planned return to traffic of locomotive 699.01 ‘Sir Drefaldwyn’ following a substantial overhaul. It’s first passenger run will depart Llanfair at 10.55am on the 17th.
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Other Saturday highlights include Chattenden and Upnor mixed train including original ‘toastrack’ carriage (non passenger carrying), Steam Locomotive Double Heading, Wickham Trolley at Llanfair, a display of ballast tamper and hopper wagons and an evening dining special hauled by 699.
Sunday will shift the focus to the line’s heritage and will kick off with a morning demonstration goods train hauled by the line’s first locomotive ‘The Earl’.
Also on Sunday, a typical mixed train including Pickering Carriages departing Welshpool at 10:20, re-enactment of the cutting of the ‘first sod’ ceremony in Welshpool at 13:20, a display of artefacts from the Railway’s history in Llanfair Connections Visitor Centre, and vintage vehicles on display at various locations.
Rover tickets allow all day travel, however a number of special trains will require a pre-booked upgrade ticket. Find out more and book your tickets here.