The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway was opened in 1903 to connect the agricultural valley community to the national network. It made nobody rich but opened up the area, offering access to distant markets and allowing farming to prosper. It passed through the hands of the old GWR to British Railways, who closed the line in 1956, bringing to an end just over 50 years of service from a unique railway - but enthusiasts had other ideas. Well-wishers banded together to form a “supporters” organisation which gained control of the railway, leading to its reopening in 1963. The whole line has been restored by the W&LLR Preservation Company and even the two original locomotives are back at work together on a much-improved railway that has recently passed its centenary.
The Company is owned and run by the members who elect a Board of Directors and place day-to-day control in the hands of the General Manager and his staff. The goodwill and fundraising of our supporters is paramount; not everyone is able to work on the railway; some prefer just to support it by being a member of the W&LLR Preservation Company.
New members are always welcome and when you join you become a real part of the railway, one that is a unique enterprise with a fascinating history. To those who would like to help us, we extend an invitation to become members of the Company.
Members’ benefits include free travel and a quarterly magazine as well as a vote at company meetings (voting rights from age 18). Whether coming for the day or staying for a few nights, volunteers can use our railwaymen’s lodge – ‘Keyse Cottage’, at Llanfair Caereinion.
Annual membership lasts for 12 months from the day you join. Alternatively, why not become a life member? Just make a single larger payment (most credit / debit cards welcome) or 10 equal monthly payments.
How to Join Us
Annual membership lasts for 12 months from the day you join. You may also pay for two years together and receive a third year for free.
Alternatively, why not become a life member? Just make a single larger payment (most credit / debit cards welcome) or 10 equal monthly payments.
Annual Membership Fees
|Category||1 Year||3 Years for the price of 2|
|Young Adult (Under 25)||£10.00||£20.00|
|Ordinary (25 to 59)||£28.00||£56.00|
|Joint Ordinary (Couple)||£42.00||£84.00|
|Senior (60 & Over)||£25.00||£50.00|
|Family (Up to 2 adults & 4 chidren under the age of 18 living at the same address)||£55.00||£110.00|
Membership is subject to the Memorandum and Articles of the Company
Become a member of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway On-Line Now
Follow the link to our On-line Membership Page (The page will open in a new window) to join now or to download an application form.
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