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Why Not Have Your Own Special Train on many of the Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways this autumn?
Last week I visited the Welsh highland Railway and the following are some of the photos. They have three Garratts in everyday service.
No. 87. A magnificent machine.
No. 138. Another magnificent machine.
Something Very special This Autumn! Join Us!
Chris Skow of Trains and Travel International is running a superb tour to the Welsh narrow gauge this autumn.
Why not come and join us for what can only be a superb experience? Your own charter trains with so many photo runbys your legs will be worn off you guarantee an unrivalled experience. I know Chris for years and have been on many of his tours and they are always superbly organised and everyone has a wonderful time. This is a once in a lifetime chance to visit pretty well all the welsh narrow gauge railways with superb photo opportunities.
Here is the schedule:
DAY 1 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9: Travel to Cardiff today. Your hotel will be located near the main railway station and a short walk from the city centre. An excellent way to see Cardiff and Cardiff Bay is to use the hop on – hop off open top bus, and Geoff's Trains will give you a free ticket for the day. Gather in the hotel foyer at 18h30 to meet the rest of the group and for dinner (own expense). Meals other than breakfast are not generally included in this tour as it is often more convenient and economical for you to pay for your own meal. All of our hotels will be at least three star with en-suite accommodation. No Meals.
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10: Travel into the south Wales valleys to visit the 2 foot gauge Brecon Mountain Railway. Ride the American outline train behind a 1930 built Baldwin steam locomotive into the Brecon Beacons and back. Visit the workshops at Pant Station. Stop off in Merthyr Tydfal to see the statue commemorating Richard Trevithick and the first working steam locomotive, Penydarren, that ran here in 1804. Cardiff overnight.
DAY 3 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11: This morning, visit the 2 foot gauge Teifi Railway. Travel by chartered steam train to the end of the line to pick up two flat-bed timber wagons loaded with logs. These will be taken back to the station at Henllan, re-enacting a service that the railway runs (normally with diesels) every winter. This afternoon, visit the standard gauge Gwili Railway for a ride on the standard gauge preserved line from Bronwydd Arms to Danycoed before continuing to Aberystwyth for the night. Breakfast.
DAY 4 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12: Drive to Tywyn this morning for a charter train on the 2 ft 3 in gauge Talyllyn Railway, the first preserved line in the world. There will be photo opportunities as we travel from Wharf Station in Tywyn to Pendre Workshops (depot visit) and on to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernor, the end of the line. We will try to once more use their vintage train, featuring original coaches from the Talyllyn and Corris railways. After lunch, motor to Corris where we will have a second charter, this time on the 2 ft 3 in gauge Corris Railway. This small preserved line is a delight, voted by some of the 2013 participants as their favorite. The entire crew who ran our service in 2013 have already volunteered for the repeat in 2014, they enjoyed it that much. They have also agreed to keep the steam locomotive available for our visit, probably the last time that it will be used before a major boiler overhaul. Overnight: Aberystwyth. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13: This morning, visit the workshops at the Vale of Rheidol Railway before taking a 2 ft gauge steam train to Devil's Bridge and back. This was the last British Railways line to operate with steam, continuing into the preservation era with very little change. The journey up the Rheidol valley takes one hour, and can be enjoyed in an open coach. On arrival, you will have an hour to explore the devils bridges before making your way back down the line to Aberystwyth. Photograph the departure of the afternoon train before visiting the town, with an opportunity to ride the funicular up Constitution Hill to the Camera Obscura (small extra cost). Later this afternoon, we hope to return to the station for an evening photo charter on the Vale of Rheidol line followed by a fish and chip dinner on the pier (own expense). Overnight: Aberystwyth. Breakfast
DAY 6 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14: Our first train today will be a steam charter on the Fairbourne miniature railway with run pasts in the sand dunes as the line runs close to the sea. This year we used the Darjeeling and Himalayan steam loco look alike 'Sherpa', a chunky miniature loco which may be available again. This afternoon, ride the 2 ft Gauge Bala Lakeside Railway. This railway uses ex Hunslet slate quarry locomotives on a 4.5 mile line that runs beside Lake Bala. There should be time to ride one departure and photograph the next before continuing to Llangollen for the night. Overnight: Llangollen Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15:Welshpool and Llanfair charter - Our steam charter on the 2 ft 6 in Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway starts at Llanfair Caereinion. After refreshments, visit the locomotive shed and workshops before riding our mixed train to Welshpool. After lunch, return to Llanfair with a number of excellent photographic opportunities on this attractive line. The train should be made up of one of the two original Beyer Peacock locomotives, a replica Pickering built coach and a few goods wagons. Overnight: Llangollen Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16: Llangollen Railway - Ride the standard gauge Llangollen Railway this morning. The journey starts in Llangollen, next to the river Dee. Follow the river for most of the 4.5 mile journey to the village of Carrog. After returning to Llangollen there will be time for lunch before either riding the railway again, or taking a canal boat trip over Thomas Telford's famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (extra cost). Another, shorter, canal boat experience is the horse drawn boat trip that makes a leisurely 40 minute round trip on the canal. Overnight: Llangollen Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17: This morning we will ride to the top of Wales highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, with an 800mm rack operated, Swiss built steam locomotive and open heritage style coach. (Subject to weather.) The journey up the mountain takes one hour, followed by a 30 minute stop at the summit and an hour ride back down again. After lunch, ride the 2 ft gauge steam operated Lake Railway and visit the interesting Slate Museum that offers demonstrations on splitting slate for roofing tiles, the largest waterwheel on mainland Britain and a well reserved belt operated forge and workshop. Overnight: Caernarfon Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18: The steam train ride from Caernarfon, via Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog is a masterpiece of engineering through beautiful scenery. The journey from Caernarfon to Porthmadog is over the 2 foot gauge Welsh Highland Railway, with a Garratt locomotive. We change to the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog's Harbour Station for a ride to Blaenau Ffestiniog, probably behind a Double Fairley locomotive. On arrival at Blaenau Ffestiniog, change to the Network Rail Branch for a diesel multiple unit ride through a 2.5 mile tunnel, the longest single track railway tunnel in the United Kingdom. Leave the train at Betws-y-Coed to see the miniature railway, railway museum and impressive model shop. Overnight: Caernarfon Meals : Breakfast
DAY 11 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19: Today we will return to the Welsh Highland Railway. Drive to Porthmadog to catch our photographic charter train made up of vintage Ffestiniog Railway coaches and a double Fairley Locomotive. We will concentrate on the attractive section of line through the Aberglaslyn Pass with a number of run-pasts before having a second opportunity to ride behind one of the Garratts. Overnight: Caernarfon. Breakfast
DAY 12 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20: This morning, leave Caernarfon and drive to Llandudno to ride the funicular railway up the Great Orme. This interesting and historic operation offers a unique street running section and some magnificent views across the Irish Sea and Colwyn Bay, a fitting end to our Welsh Narrow Gauge tour. Your tour ends on arrival at Llandudno Junction, from where you can travel to Chester and beyond on a regular train service. We will assist with your onward planning.
ALL PRICES PER PERSON
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY............................................................ $3315
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT...........................................................................$748
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE............................................................................$1000
To book contact:
Trains & Travel
Portola CA 96122
firstname.lastname@example.org (Rail Tour Manager)
Or call 001-530-836-1944
Slezské Zemské Drahy Have Twice As Many Steam Trains This Summer.
SZD Slezské Zemské Dráhy are delighted to announce double the steam days for this summer.
SZD Slezské Zemské Dráhy is the only Czech narrow gauge operated by Ceske Drahy and offering both vintage diesel and steam. The Ceske Dreahy service trains are operated by fifty year old class 705 diesels and the steam scheduled services operate from May to September with one of two steam locos either U46.002 or U 57.001.This summer the steam service is doubled.
There will be steam service every Saturday and Sunday from June 21 to August 31 as well as Saturdays September 6, 13 and 20.
On June 21 there will be the special celebration day and both U46.002 and U 57.001 will be in service. There is a winter special on November 8. There is also a special steam train on May 31.
Trains leave Tremesna v Sklezsku at 1050 arriving Osoblaha at 1202. The return trip leaves Osoblaha at 1455 arriving Tremesna at 1642.
To get to Tremesna you go by train from Praha to Olomouc, then connecting train to Krnov and finally a local train to Tremesna. Ceske Drahy regular Trains connect with the steam trains. We recommend staying in the Clarion Hotel in Olomouc overnight before the steam day.
This website is parallel with the www.kellstransportmuseum.com website and the www.corkairport.info website.