About Vale of Rheidol Railway
All aboard the Vale of Rheidol by narrow gauge steam train. An unforgettable journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, through the beautiful Rheidol Valley and sit back, relax on a nostalgic journey through the spectacular Mid Wales countryside.
Hop aboard at Aberystwyth and watch the scenery passing by your window. You will soon see the countryside change travelling 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 railway is a registered charity, dedicated to preserving the heritage railway for future generations to enjoy. The historic coal fired steam locomotives and vintage carriages were built by the Great Western Railway in the 1920s and 30s and are now fully restored.
CHARTER A TRAIN
Yes you really can hire a whole train! You can charter your own private excursion along the scenic Rheidol Valley on board the Vale of Rheidol Railway
SHOP & CAFE
The Railway Shop is located at Aberystwyth Station and sells a range of railway books, gifts and souvenirs including the popular Thomas the Tank Engine ranges as well as hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams and the online shop is also available and stocks a wide range of books with more titles and products being added all the time.
The 'Two Hoots Cafe' is located at the Devil's Bridge Station and is open for light refreshments when the train is running.
"Wales to the World" - All change at Aberystwyth Station with the building of a new station and multifunction display facility at our Aberystwyth station. The £1.6 million project started in late 2018 and will finish at the end of 2020; see https://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/project.htm for all the details.
The 12 mile journey takes 1 hour in each direction. See timetables for departure times.
The railway offers advance bookings through its website, but there is also the option to purchase tickets from the Booking Office on the day of travel. Passengers may upgrade to the the First Class Observation Saloon for a small charge.
Dogs are very welcome on the railway and can travel in all Third Class carriages. A dog rover ticket costs £3.00.
The railway can carry bicycles although owing to space limitations on certain popular trains, please contact us in advance so we can reserve space.