Photo By D J Norton

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

When I found these pictures of a narrow gauge railway in Wales, I just assumed that they showed part of the Ffestiniog Railway.  However, when I investigated I found that Llanfair and Castle Caereinion were not part of the Ffestiniog Railway at all - they were part of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway!

It seems that my father was present as the railway was being restored after being out of operation since 1956.  I'm sure he'd be delighted to see that it is such a successful operation today.  The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway website is well worth a visit, especially the Information page which provides an interesting history of the line.  Narrow Gauge Pleasure also contains a page about the railway.

Llanfair Caereinion Stn - 17/6/62

Llanfair Caereinion Station
The start of the line at Llanfair Caereinion.

"The Earl" nr Llanfair Caereinion Stn - 17/6/62

The Earl nr Llanfair Caereinion Station
There are plenty of spectators as "The Earl" takes on water!

"The Earl" Castle Caereinion Stn - 17/6/62

The Earl at Castle Caereinion Station
The first section of the line to re-open in 1963 only went are far as Castle Caereinion.  The weeds in the track indicate that regular services hadn't been taking place for some time.

"The Earl" is still pulling passenger services today.

Castle Caereinion Stn - 17/6/62

Castle Caereinion Station
The end of the line at the time.  The current railway now goes all the way to Welshpool.