Welsh borders gala and open day 2’6” and 1’3” - W&L and Rhiw Back Contact Geoff
It’s been a little while since I’ve been to the Welshpool & Llanfair on a gala day - and the sun was shining. A visit to the nearby Rhiw Valley Railway might be fun too - my previous visits had been on days of less-than-perfect weather. I started at Sylfaen, where there is a passing loop beside the (noisy) A458, then moved on to Cyfronydd, where there is another passing loop. There, I’d be able to see two pairs of trains crossing, and in between, the delightful little Barclay “Dougal” would arrive with the freight. All very pleasant in the warm(ish) sunshine, though for photography, cooler air would have helped. Both original locos - “The Earl” and “Countess” were in action on the main
Geoff’s Rail Diaries 1 September 2012
line, along with rejuvenated “Joan” and the refettled Resita - which looked surprisingly well with the set of three replica Pickering coaches. Having seen everything at least once, it was over to Manafon and the 15” gauge Rhiw Valley Railway. This little line has plans for expansion - including a new loco, a 15” gauge version of an L&B 2-6-2T, to be named (appropriately) “Rhiw”. Visit the line’s website for more information.  After an enjoyable wander around the fields, recording “Jack” and “Powys” in action, a drink and a piece of fruit cake rounded off the day very nicely... Links:  Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway Rhiw Valley Railway
Countess approaches Sylfaen Resita approaches Sylfaen Resita and the Pickerings at Sylfaen Resita arrives at Cyfronyyd Resita arrives at Cyfronydd Joan and Resita Resita departs The freight arrives at Cyfronydd Dougal in the siding The Earl - train in the landscape Resita leaving Cyfronydd Don't forget the brake van! Dougal heads back to Llanfair Caereinion Powys sets out Powys in the fields Powys in the Rhiw Valley Jack trundles around the circuit Jack in the Rhiw Valley Powys poses Powys returns Midland Red at Manafon