Photo: Old Miwl via Flickr
Once a working link between local lead mines and the harbour, the Vale of Rheidol Railway now runs a steam train service through the Rheidol Valley for visitors and sightseers.
Built in 1902 to provide a link between the lead mines of the Rheidol Valley and Aberystwyth's harbour, this narrow-guage steam railway was the last steam railway operated as part of the national rail network, before being sold in 1989.
The line was a considerable engineering feat, with the railway rising nearly 200 metres along its 11¾ mile (19 km) route.
As it passes through the valley on the hour-long journey, the train provides excellent views of the beautiful countryside. The route is notable for its narrow gauge (the rails are just 60 cm apart) and sharply winding curves.
The railway terminates at Devil's Bridge. Here you can choose to go and see the three bridges over the river, or visit some of the other, separately-operated attractions such as the famous Mynach Falls, Devil's Punch Bowl and Jacob's Ladder.
Trains leave from the railway's own station on Park Avenue - just a little way past The Co-operative, heading away from the town centre. You can choose to ride in first class, normal carriages or open-sided observation cars, if you prefer!
There are generally two departures a day, or four on certain summer days. Santa Specials and private hires are also on offer on other days. Trains normally wait for an hour at Devil's Bridge before making their return journey which gives time to see the key sights - or you may wish to stay longer and return on a later train.
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Most days from Easter until to late October, as well as various other dates in February, December and rest of year. Fare payable.
Tel. (01970) 625819