Vintage Day Out

Four vintage steam train journeys offering the best scenery in mid-Wales

When you travel along the Cambrian Railway, you’ll not only get the chance to explore our golden coastline; you can also experience some of the best heritage railway journeys in Wales. So, grab a cuppa and start planning your trip — taking inspiration from our little guide below to help you…

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

There’s plenty to capture the imagination along this picturesque 8.5-mile-long journey through the rural countryside of Mid Wales.

Find this pretty little track hissing away at the end of the high street in Welshpool, ready to take you on a 45-minute round trip through the beautiful Banwy valley!

As you run through the grounds of the impressive Powis Estate, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a goosander or woodpecker resting within the trees.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

It’s no coincidence that the Vale of Rheidol railway is the happy owner of so many awards and accolades. A simple trip along its tracks and you’ll probably be wondering why it hasn’t won more!

Running from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge, uncover the rich history of this brilliant railway as you navigate through dense and colourful woodlands towards the mountainside, offering spectacular views of the valley below.

Talyllyn Railway

Situated in beautiful southern Snowdonia, the Talyllyn Railway has written itself into the history books as being the world’s first preserved railway.

Affectionately known as ‘The Railway with a Heart of Gold’, this is a journey that’s truly bursting with personality and it’s easy to see why it’s won over the adoration of countless travellers in its long existence!

From rolling countryside, to streams and waterfalls – there’s plenty to keep your eyes busy along the journey!

Fairbourne Railway

It might be the smallest of Wales’s narrow-gauge railways, but you’d be foolish to give it a miss! Running for just two miles, this sweet little journey packs in epic viewing opportunities of the Mawddach Estuary and Snowdonia mountain range – what could be better?

What’s more, the railway seamlessly connects passengers to the Barmouth ferry – allowing travellers to hop across to Barmouth village with ease!

Have you been inspired to take a ‘Vintage Day Out’ along the Cambrian Railway? Don’t forget to share your experience on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WalesonRails.