Vale of Rheidol Railway
Opened in 1902 to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic. The narrow track gauge allows the railway to follow the contours of the terrain with many sharp curves and steep gradients which add to the railway's charm. Sit back, relax and enjoy a nostalgic journey through some of Wales' most spectacular scenery. From the coast at Aberystwyth, watch the scenery passing by your window. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, ancient woodland and rugged mountain scenery as the line twists and turns, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil's Bridge - home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil's Punchbowl. Look out for birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards soaring high above the valley floor and listen to the sound of the narrow gauge steam engine working hard on the climb into the hills. Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines it has been carrying holidaymakers to the beauty spot of Devil's Bridge for over a hundred years! The 12 mile journey takes one hour in each direction.
Opening Times : Daily 16 Feb-1 Nov. Sun Nov.
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My family and I took this train journey from Aber to Devil's Bridge in July 2018. The weather was amazing and the 60 min trip was an absolute pleasure to behold. It had been so hot that summer that a part of the woodland in Cwm Rheidol had been burned a few weeks earlier. The steam locomotive makes it's way through a hidden valley and gem of Welsh beauty. We were so taken with the scenery and woodland that we took another trip by car to the top of the Rheidol Valley to visit the old Iron Working Mines and picnicked by the river. My two boys are the real train enthusiasts but I also thoroughly enjoyed the ride and experience. Can't wait to go back and do it all again! Steph