The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway kicks off its season on April 1st, with the first weekend offering locals discounted fares.
Anyone proving that they live in an SY21 postcode can take a return trip on the line for just 70p - or 14 shillings in old money. Back in 1963, the year that the Llanfair Line reopened as a heritage railway, 14 shillings was equivalent to what you’d pay for today’s return fare of £13.50.
The 2017 season will be the 54th in which the railway has been operated almost entirely by volunteers. This overtakes the 53 years – 1903 to 1956 – that it was run commercially by the line’s three previous owners the Cambrian Railway, Great Western Railway and British Railways.
“Today the Llanfair line is known the world over but it also remains a very important part of the local community,” said W&LLR general manager Charles Spencer. "We consider it very important that we celebrate that relationship first in this milestone year.”
A number of celebrations are planned throughout the 2017 season, but staff and volunteers on the line feel that this first event should recognise the role the community played in building and operating the railway in its first half century. The opening of the new season follows much maintenance work carried out by staff and volunteers over the winter. The railway has completed the renewal of the level crossing at Dolarddyn Road, while early travellers will notice better views as they steam up the Golfa Bank from Welshpool, thanks to the clearance efforts of the W&LLR’s volunteers.
Full information on the railway, including online ticket booking, can be found on the www.wllr.org.uk website.
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