The nearest train station to the Vale of Rheidol Railway is Aberystwyth station. Transport for Wales is the main train operator for this station, with regular train services from Birmingham International and Machynlleth. The Vale of Rheidol Railway steam trains depart from their own station at Aberystwyth, which you can access from a pedestrian entrance at the end of Platform one in the mainline station.
Visit the Vale of Rheidol Railway and enjoy a spectacular journey along the Rheidol Valley on a restored vintage steam locomotive. It’s a fun day out for all the family, with plenty of charming stations along the 12-mile stretch to stop at and enjoy the great outdoors, including woodlands and waterfalls.
Visit the Vale of Rheidol Railway’s official website for opening times.
|Weekdays||07:10 - 17:40|
|Saturday||07:15 - 17:40|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Help provided by on train staff
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||Arriva Trains Wales|
|Car parking spaces||15|
|Cycle storage spaces||10|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
On the platform
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
More about the Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway was built in 1902 and provided a link between Aberystwyth’s harbour and the lead mines in the Rheidol Valley. It was also the last steam railway operating as part of the national rail network until 1989.
All trains start from Aberystwyth, running through a number of beautiful stations along the way including Capal Bangor, Aberffrwd, Llanbadarn, Glanyrafon and Rheidol Falls, some of which you have to request to stop at – but are well worth the visit. The final stop before heading back to Aberystwyth is Devil’s Bridge, where you can explore the famous Devil’s Bridge Waterfalls.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway also offers special event trains throughout the year, as well as dining experiences and the chance to drive one of their steam locomotives.