Vale of Rheidol Railway
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1897 an act of Parliament authorised the building of a narrow-gauge light railway between lead mines in the Cambrian mountains to the coastal port of Aberystwyth, on Cardigan Bay.
The difficult terrain between Devil's Bridge and Aberystwyth meant that a standard gauge line would be too difficult to build without exhorbitant cost. Construction was delayed due to diffulty raising the money, but in 1901 construction began, and the line opened on 22 December, 1902. There were originally five stations, at Devil's Bridge, Nantyronen, Capel Bangor, Llanbadarn, and Aberystwyth.
The main stations are at Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge, but there are intermediate stations at Llanbadarn, Glanyrafon, Capel Bangor, Nantyronen, Aberffrwd, Rheidol Falls and Rhiwfron, where the train will stop on request.
Photos are © Vale of Rheidol Railway
About Vale of Rheidol Railway
Address: Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY23 1PG
Attraction Type: Museum - Heritage Railway
Location: Free car park on Park Avenue (near the Co-op), signposted from nearby roads.
Website: Vale of Rheidol Railway
Phone: 01970 625819
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of the Vale of Rheidol Railway
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Ceredigion Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Aberystwyth Castle - 0.5 miles (Castle)
Llanbadarn Fawr, St Padarn's Church - 0.8 miles (Historic Church)
Castell Gwallter - 4.1 miles (Castle)
Landre, St Michael's Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
Plas Llidiardau Gardens - 5.4 miles (Garden)
Caer Penrhos - 7.6 miles (Castle)
Devil's Bridge Falls - 10.2 miles (Countryside)
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