Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
A 16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside.

rcFrequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Prices, Dates, Times and the Experience

Do I have to book beforehand? Can I just ‘turn up’?

All passengers have to book through our website, through this link. We recommend booking as far in advance as possible, to secure your desired train time and date, though remaining tickets will be available on our website up to the time of the train’s departure.

Do I need to print my tickets?

Tickets do not need to be printed. They can simply be shown from a mobile phone.

What are the prices of tickets?

Tickets are £12 for adults, £5 for children, £29 for a family of four and £2.50 for dogs.

Which days will trains be running?

Trains will be running seven days a week from the 1st of August until further notice (updated weekly). Dates and times can be seen on the timetable page.

At what times will trains run?

Trains leave Llanfair Caereinion at 10:30, 12:10, 13:50 and 15:30 for the moment. These may change, and exact times can be seen on the timetable page.

What will my visit consist of?

Your visit will consist of an eight mile round trip from Llanfair Caereinion railway station on a train hauled by a vintage steam locomotive, at least 118 years of age, in railway carriages from around Europe. You will arrive at our Llanfair Caereinion station, be shown to the train, enjoy your 60 minute round trip and conclude with time to visit our shop and / or our refreshment facilities.

How long will my visit last?

Visits will last approximately 90 minutes.

Will I see the engine?

Yes, you will see the historic steam engine pulling your train at several times during your visit.

Are you running your special events in 2020?

All 2020 events, excluding Santa trains, have been cancelled. Please watch for Santa train updates on our website and social media.

Why can’t I board at Welshpool?

The railway has been closed to visitors since mid-February, with the last trains to Welshpool in autumn last year. We are, therefore, taking our reopening gradually and will return trains to the full line in due course. We hope that you will join us for the eight mile round trip you can enjoy from the 1st of August.

What COVID protection measures have you put in place?

We have put a significant number of COVID protection measures in place. These include: reduced numbers on trains, the requirement to wear face coverings during visits, hand sanitisation points, train cleaning between each departure and training of our team.

Can dogs travel?

Yes, dogs can travel at £2.50 per dog.

Bookings

How do I book?

You should book tickets online by here. You will then choose the number of tickets, time and date of your visit.

Can I book / buy tickets on the day?

All passengers have to book through our website, through this link. We recommend booking as far in advance as possible, to secure your desired train time and date, though remaining tickets will be available on our website up to the time of the train’s departure. Numbers are limited.

I or my party are not well, are isolating or are locked down locally. What happens then? Will I get a refund?

If you or a member of your household is not feeling well or are unable to travel because of local lockdowns or isolation, please do not visit the railway. We will be more than happy to see you return in future. A full refund will be issued on tickets as soon as we can. You must notify us that you will not be visiting by email - info [at] wllr.org.uk

Can a wheelchair be accommodated?

Yes. We are proud to be a leader in visitor attraction accessibility. Please book as normal, and email us on info [at] wllr.org.uk to let us know that you or a family member have additional needs.

I am a member - do I still get free travel?

We are now in a position to release a limited number of tickets on each day on the 10:30 and 15:30 trains to W&LLR members, following our assessment of capacity. These must be booked in advance by calling 01938 810441 between 9am and 5pm on any day. Space is very limited. You will be asked to give details in line with Track and Trace.

Before You Arrive

What do I need to bring with me?

All you need to enjoy a visit is a face covering and a smile underneath it! You may also wish to bring a camera or smartphone to capture your experience in images and video for social media.

On Arrival / During Your Visit

Where do I park?

You park in our free, large car park at Llanfair Caereinion station. The postcode of the station is SY21 0SF.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Yes. A face covering must be worn during your visit.

Will food and drink be available?

A range of hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available at Llanfair Caereinion station. We are strongly encouraging contactless payment.

Will the shop be open?

Yes, our shop will be open. We are strongly encouraging contactless payment