Opened in 1902, this narrow gauge steam railway offers the scenic trip from Aberystwyth through ancient woodlands to Devil’s Bridge, home of the famous waterfalls, high in the Cambrian Mountains.
The railway is mostly single track and is 12 miles long. Journey time is approximately one hour. There are two working steam engines originally built in the 1920s and restored in the railway’s own workshops at Aberystwyth station. Rolling stock incudes both compartment carriages and open sided carriages.
There’s a shop selling a variety of railway merchandise plus confectionary and hot & cold drinks at Aberystwyth station. At Devil’s Bridge station the Two Hoots cafe has hot and cold food options.
The Devil’s Bridge station is a 400 metres from the waterfalls and the Hafod Hotel. Just opposite the station entrance you can find Sarah Bunton’s handmade chocolate shop.
Note that for the 2021 season all journeys must begin at Aberystwyth and all tickets are return tickets; you must return on the same train, giving you one hour in Devil’s Bridge. The trains do not stop at the intermediate stations. Advance booking is strongly recommended.
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