Built on 2ft 6inch tracks to allow for the tight curves and steep gradients the railway originally was used to link farming communities and closed in 1956.
In 1960 a group of enthusiasts began to reopen the line and the work still goes on.
Sitting on wooden slatted seats, opening the window with a leather strap and the 'fish and chip' sound as it chugged along were all very nostalgic. The train travelled the eight mile journey stopping at lanes and road crossings through the delightful Banwy Valley.
Half an hour wait at Welshpool and we chose a different carriage to make the return journey in. This time the carriage was a gift from Austria with small compartments. £11.80 return ticket well spent.
|waiting for the train|
|Carriage to Welshpool|
|returning in a different carriage|
|Welshpool Train station|
|The age of steam|