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

rcAccess Statement

Access Statement

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway welcomes visitors of all abilities.

 

On the train

Being a historic narrow gauge railway somewhat restricts on-train facilities, but MOST of our trains include a carriage that has been adapted to carry a maximum of six wheelchairs, up to two of which can have a maximum width of about 30” / 760mm – the remainder can be the standard width of up to 24”/600mm.    A lift is provided at Welshpool Raven Square and Llanfair Caereinion stations to gain level access to these vehicles from the station platforms, subject to a maximum weight for chair, occupant and carer if necessary of 320kg.  These lifts are suitable for those who have difficulty with steps as well as wheelchair users.

If in doubt about the size of your wheelchair, or to ensure that there are spaces available on your train, you are encouraged to email the railway on info [at] wllr.org.uk or to telephone us on 01938 810441 in advance of your visit.

We regret that our Pickering Carriages (used on Vintage Trains and some other services) and our former Sierra Leone Railway carriages (used on The African Train and some other services) are not suitable for carrying wheelchairs.

None of our carriages have toilet facilities.

 

Welshpool Raven Square and Llanfair Caereinion stations

Both termini have ramped access on to the platforms and the station buildings.  Please ask a member of staff should you have any difficulties in the shop, tearoom or booking halls, where some shelves and counters may not be accessible for a wheelchair user without assistance. Toilets for the physically disabled (and baby changing facilities) are available at both stations.  All toilets have level access.

Car parks are located adjacent to the stations, a short distance from the booking offices.  At Welshpool Raven Square (SY21 7LT) priority parking is available at Welshpool on your left as you enter the car park.  It is possible to ‘drop off’ next to the station entrances before parking your car.  At Llanfair Caereinion (SY21 0SF), priority parking is in the first car park on the left.   Entrance to the station buildings at both termini is via gentle slopes.

 

Intermediate stations

Sylfaen, Castle Caereinion, Cyfronydd and Heniarth stations are not suitable for access by passengers using wheelchairs and have no facilities or car parks.

 

Funding support

The railway gratefully acknowledges funding from the Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition, run by the Challenge Fund of the Department for Transport and the Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB), which supported the purchase of the platform lifts and modifications to improve accommodation for the disabled in two regular service carriages.