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Why is Llanfair line celebrating Canada?

Created on 29/06/2016 @ 08:59
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The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway will be celebrating Canada Day for the first time on Saturday, in honour of its Canadian-born General Manager.

Stations along the line will be bedecked in Canadian flags, photographs and posters, and visitors will be invited to plot their friends and relations on wall maps of Canada.

“Everyone I meet seems to know someone who lives in Canada,” said General Manager Charles Spencer. “So I thought it would be fun to see where they were!”

There will be quizzes on the subject of Canada for adults and children travelling on the train, with Canadian prizes to be won (while supplies last). And travellers will also be able to hear a talk given in one of the carriages en route by Dr. Reg Davies, answering the question, ‘What does Canada Day have to do with railways?’

Any visitors holding valid Canadian passports will travel free on Saturday.

Trains run on both days of this weekend, and Tuesday through Thursday next week, with return departures from Welshpool at 11.15am and 2.05pm.

The line’s summer daily service then starts on July 9 and will run right through to September, with extra trains and freight movements featuring at the next Vintage Weekend, on July 16-17. The Tearoom at Llanfair Caereinion is open every day for light lunches and refreshments.

PICTURE: The Llanfair Line’s General Manager Charles Spencer is looking forward to the line’s Canada Day celebrations on Saturday.

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