Category Archives: Llanfair Caereinion

Never A Dull Moment

On Friday morning I set off early to drive to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and arrived at Llanfair Caereinion just after nine o’clock. After finding a room in the volunteers’ hostel I went up to the Duty Mess … Continue reading

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Brake Blocks & Running Repairs

  On Sunday 9th of April I was rostered as ‘Driver 2’ on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. On this turn of duty crew ‘2’ look after the loco while crew ‘1’ have their breakfast and lunch breaks then … Continue reading

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An Inspector Calls

With just a few weeks to go before the start of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s 2017 operating season things have been busy at Llanfair Caereinion. On Friday 10th March three locomotives were in steam for a visit from … Continue reading

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Workshop Week – Part 2

In this instalment: New parts for couplings Ashpan damper door for The Earl Crinoline for 699.01 #17 overhaul Grondana Couplings The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is unique in the UK for using Grondana Couplings. These feature a centre buffer … Continue reading

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Workshop Week 2017- Part 1

At the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway every year, in mid February, we have what we call Workshop Week. The aim is to push on with getting the locomotives and rolling stock ready for the fast approaching operating season. This … Continue reading

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Replica Private Owner Wagon – Update

This is a quick update on the progress of the replica J Lloyd Peate & Sons private owner wagon being built at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. Unless credited otherwise photographs are from the author’s collection. The timber components … Continue reading

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A Replica Private Owner Wagon

Readers of this blog will be aware that the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway has a small fleet of heritage goods wagons. When the line was first preserved only a small proportion of the rolling stock could be preserved and … Continue reading

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Shooting Trains !

No not with a twelve bore shot-gun but a lot of very expensive cameras. Over three days in mid October the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway played host to a group of people who were taking part in a ‘Photo … Continue reading

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Tending To The Tamper

Maintaining railway track involves hard physical work. The sleepers and rails are heavy. Then there is the ballast. Each individual lump may only weigh a few tens of grammes but it is required by the ton. The ballast not only … Continue reading

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The Yard Supervisor’s Tale

Many heritage railways break out their normal routine at least once a year and hold a special event where there is a more extensive timetable for a few days. The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is no exception and over … Continue reading

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