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Winter Warmers on the Llanfair Line

 
Created on 05/02/2018 @ 10:10
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The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is awakening for a new season – rather earlier than usual.

This year for the first time, the popular heritage line will be running ‘Winter Warmer’ trains during two weeks in February, coinciding with school half-term holidays in the West Midlands and Wales.

Trains will be based at the railway’s Llanfair Caereinion headquarters, and operate return services – steam hauled and with all carriages heated – to the mid-point station of Castle Caereinion, a distance of just over four miles. Running over the full eight-mile route to Welshpool is not possible due to essential winter track relaying currently taking place just outside Welshpool station.

The trains will effectively recreate the first decade of services after the W&LLR was reopened as a heritage railway in 1963, and all trains terminated at Castle Caereinion. On this occasion all trains will operate from Llanfair as parking is not possible at Castle Caereinion.

Return trips, lasting approximately one hour, will depart at 11am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm over the weekends of 10th-11th, 17th-18th and 24th-25th February, and Wednesday and Thursday, 14th-15th and 21st-22nd February. Tickets cost £9.50 for adults and £4.00 children, and each ticket includes a hot drink for adults and a juice box for children.

“We have never run passenger services in February before but it is a great time to take a ride,” said W&LLR general manager Charles Spencer. “The lack of leaves on the trees opens up the views, and the Banwy Valley looks very different at this time of year.”

Following the February trains, the W&LLR will reopen for services over the full length of the line on March 24.

More details are available at www.wllr.org.uk where travellers can book the day they intend to visit, check the timetable timetable and travel on their preferred train that day. More details are also available by calling 01938 810592.


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