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image for Railway Event item typeGala Weekend at Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Railway Event, Fri 1 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Gala Weekend

Gala Weekend


Our biggest event of the year, now over three days; every operating engine will be in use. Traction engines, steam cars and lorries, a model railway exhibition, demonstrations and trade stands, and a shuttle bus to the associated Llanfair Garden Railway Show up the hill at Llanfair High School. Please note that not all attractions will be available on the Friday.

Visiting locomotive Bagnall 0-6-2T 'Superb' from Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, hauling both passenger and goods trains
Intensive service including mixed and freight trains
Eight Miles of Fireworks - Saturday evening train to view fireworks at Welshpool, all intermediate stations and Llanfair (£3 supplement)
Photographers' special trains
Friday Evening Photographic Session - Pre-booking only

At Welshpool:
Permanent Way Display
'Monarch' on display
'Little Layouts' Model Railway Exhibition
Trade Stands

At Llanfair Caereinion:
Grand return of ex-Sierre Leone Hunslet 2-6-2T No.85 (W&L No.14) on Friday
Display by Friends of the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum
Demonstration of works locos 'Ferret' and 'The Wasp'
Workshop open
Display of Model Locomotives
Visiting vintage vehicles, machinery and traction engines
Trade Stands
Renowned Railway Artist Jonathan Clay
Saturday night photography
Real Ale Bar on Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday
Hot Food Van on Friday and Saturday Evenings (from 5.15pm)
A free bus will also be running to the separate entry Garden Railway show on Saturday and Sunday at the leisure centre, Llanfair Caereinion

Facilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshments

Dogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Sep 2017
A special timetable will be in operation.


Advance Weekend Rover - Adult/Senior £29.00; Child 3 to 15 £4.00.
Advance Day Rover - Adult/Senior FRIDAY £15.00, SATURDAY £20.00, SUNDAY £17.00; Child 3 to 15 £4.00.
On the Day Rover - Adult/Senior FRIDAY £17.00, SATURDAY £23.00, SUNDAY £19.00; Child 3 to 15 £4.50. One Return Journey - Adult/Senior £15.00; Child 3 to 15 £4.50.
Children under 3 free.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 26 Aug Fish & Chips Evening Train
Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug Vintage Weekends
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Sep Gala Weekend
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Sep Teddy Bear Weekend
Sat 23 Sep Diesel Day
Sat 28 Oct Halloween



01938 810441


The Station,
Llanfair Caereinion,
SY21 0SF



Plan route to Welshpool and Llanfair Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 105067  Lat: 52.65061 Long: -3.32438

By Rail - The Welshpool Raven Square Station is approx. 1 mile from the mainline (Shrewsbury - Machynlleth - Aberystwyth) station. Passengers arriving by rail should head towards the center of town and continue straight ahead at the crossroads. Beyond here the road begins to climb before dropping back down to the roundabout at Raven Square.

By Road - Both the main stations are located adjacent to the A458 main road. Welshpool Raven Square station (Postcode is SY21 7LT) is at the west end of the town (follow the brown signs or A458 Machynlleth / Dolgellau).

Llanfair Caereinion station (Postcode SY21 0SF) is at the east end of the town. Coming in from the east (Welshpool end) on the A45, the station is first on the left immediately after the 30mph speed restriction starts. From the west continue on the A458 and follow the brown signs.

There is plenty of free parking at both Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion stations. Please note that there are no car parks at the intermediate stations.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Welshpool station


  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted