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Gwili Railway Co. Ltd
Bronwydd Arms Station
Tel: 01267 238213
Return Fares: Adults: £6.00 OAP: £5.00, Child: (2-15): £3.00, Family (2 adults & 2 children): £15.00
The volunteer run Gwili Railway is the only standard gauge railway operating steam services in South West Wales and 2010 will see the 150th Anniversary of the original opening of the line.
The first train ran at Easter 1978, using one coach pulled by a Peckett 0-4-0 called Merlin, since then it has developed into one of the principle tourist attractions in Carmarthenshire.
The Gwili Railway is a living reminder of a Great Western Railway branch line set in the breath-taking f Carmarthenshire hills. The trip down memory lane starts at Bronwydd Arms Station, and the steam train follows the route, originally taken by the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line to a delightful halt at Danycoed. Why not treat yourself and travel First Class for a small extra charge!
Next time you watch a period drama on television, look very closely at any railway scenes; they may have been shot on the Gwili Railway. A series of film contracts, which have included Carrie's War, Heidi, The Edge of Love and more recently Andrew Marr with his second series of 'Modern History of Britain' were filmed here, endorsing attempts made to recreate a living section of a Great Western Railway branch line in rural West Wales. This is further reinforced by the friendliness of the volunteer staff.
The Gwili Railway also offers photographic charters. Former GWR locomotives are hired by photographers, moved to the Gwili by road for a few days, so that scenes appropriate to bygone days can be recreated and the once-familiar shapes of 'Panniers', 'Prairies' and even the nifty 14XX tanks have all visited the line in recent years.
Heritage Diesel Railcars came to the Railway in 2009 and it is planned to run these on Saturdays in August offering visitors a different perspective of the line. A Diesel Gala will also take place on August 14th & 15th 2010 with a visiting diesel locomotive.
There are exciting times ahead as plans are in place to extend the Gwili Railway to the outskirts of Carmarthen – to a new terminus at the old Abergwili Junction. This was the point where the line to Llandeilo turned right and headed up the Towy valley.