GWILI STEAM RAILWAY
Myself, my husband and my 5 year old son, Jack visited you today and I just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had. My son is autistic and was so fascinated with the trains that he didn't want to leave the platform, and as a result I couldn't bring him into the marquee to see Santa. After much coaxing I still couldn't get him to go in, so I went to a member of staff and explained the situation and asked if I could take his present. As a result they brought Santa out to meet him on the platform, I can't tell you much I appreciated this small gesture and Jack was pleased to see him and said 'Hi Santa' this is a big thing for him as he is mostly non verbal. I really cannot say enough good things about your staff and the whole experience in general, and just want to say thank you so so much for just making the day for us!
Karen Sherwood - 7th of December 2013
Great day at Santa's Magical Steam day, kids and adults enjoyed the day. Much better than last year. Well done, a Diolch.
Angharad Harding - 7th of December 2013
Been to visit Santa with the children and my family today. Great good day out. Ideas to improve next year, the marquee by thr bouncy castles could have more festive craft stalls.
Catrin Lloyd - 7th of December 2013
A Christmas present from our son and his family which was delayed in taking for various reasons-but what a lovely present it was. The railway is run by volunteers and what a wonderful job they do-they could make a great deal of money by acting as consultants for the FTSE 100 COMPANIES teaching them what customer care is all about!!
We were booked in for lunch on the train and it was excellent-beautifully laid out tables, service by lads from Trinity College Carmarthen who were excellent, orchestrated by the Maitre'D who was brilliant-so relaxed,nothing was too much trouble.
The journey itself was only on a track of approx 5 miles stopping at 2 stations but it is through beautiful countryside in the Towy Valley.Interesting to watch the railway manoeuvres at either end of line looping around the rain to change the direction of the engine and to talk to the staff who knowledgeable about the history and running of the line way back.
Thanks Gwili for a great day-may you go from success to success.
Had a wonderful lunch today on the steam railway. Arrived at 12 to be shown to our table. Had two rides up and back along the track as we sipped wine and ate and watched the world go by. Staff were lovely... knowledgeable, entertaining and funny. Food was excellent. We had carrot and coriander soup, stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon with a wide range of vegetables, and pavlova... followed by coffee and mints! Our fellow traveller's ranged between a very young baby and a gentleman celebrating his 97th birthday! Romantic dinner for two or a family day out... wonderful! Opportunity to get on and off the train. Best way to spend a lazy four hours on a Sunday afternoon!
What a wonderful evening this
turned out to be.
Having booked a "Murder Mystery" evening with three course meal of the Gwili Railway, we boarded the train at 7 pm to be welcomed with a glass of Bucks Fizz (or non alcoholic for those who were having to drive but I wasn't!!).
We were shown to our tables as the steam train pulled out. Provided were sheets of papers for us to take notes.
During the excellent meal, cooked by the Gwili chefs, the characters introduced themselves to us and the story unfolded.
The cast were very good at acting out the plot, taking time to speak to us all individually. All the time the train was gently winding up and back the Gwili Valley.
As dark fell, the murder was "committed" and the "investigation and interrogation" of the characters took place.
We were all invited to the bar/disco area for the unveiling of the murderer. In a way, it was very cleverly done, as the "obvious" murder suspect was in actual fact the perpetrator of the crime but was so obvious only a few guessed her. A clever ruse perhaps, or excess of the excellent wine and beer. I know which one applied to me
As the train arrived back at Bronwydd at 11 pm, a very happy crowd disembarked after an excellent meal and excellent entertainment. Well done Gwili.
I recommend the evening diner trains to anyone for something "different"
Set in the heart of South Wales
near to Carmarthen is the small steam railway of Gwili. This,
entirely volunteer maintained and run, line runs along a short
river valley in a hour long journey.
The people who work on this line are clearly real enthusiasts and they really throw themselves into providing a great experience for the whole family. The small shop and mini train ride at the turn around point are also worthwhile.
It may seem a little pricey but it is wise to think that the ticket value reflects the hard work to keep trains, line, station and signals in working order and help fund the new extension to Carmarthen which will open in 2014.
Visited with my family in August. We had a lovely time - the kids (and the big kids) were thoroughly entertained by the trip on the train. My 9 year old son was transfixed by the signal box and a the signal master gave us a very informative talk. The little museum has some fascinating memorabilia, as do the stations. The mini railway is an added bonus. We were very heartened that this has all been created by volunteers who are passionate about the railway and are impressed by their hard work and dedication. We will definitely return to see the new line extension next year.
We travelled on the Gwili railway late one sunny afternoon - the flowers were in bloom and the views were spectacular. Having visited the signal box we boarded a train for a run along the tracks to a picnic area, passing various working projects on the way. The guides and volunteers were very enthusiastic, had a great deal of knowledge about the trains, related buildings and their origins - they come from far and wide. They were very happy to take the time to answer questions and share information with us - we certainly left knowing more than when we arrived. Highly recommended for train enthusiasts or the curious alike, children (young and old) may be especially impressed with the driver's cab along with furnace.
A highly enjoyable trip; I am not a train aficionado but was highly impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the volunteers which is quite infectious! Some excellent work is being undertaken to provide visitors with an insight into the historical tradition of our railways. The rural landscape as seen from the train is unspoilt and offers an intimate view of the lovely Carmarthenshire countryside. A very pleasant day out for all ages.
Bronwydd Arms Station were we got onto the train was beautiful. There's a small museum which was full of railway memorabilia. A bit of history and a bit of fun hands on for the kids. We arrived an hour before the trin so this kept us entertained while we waited. The cafe was clean and tidy and very interesting history. The carriage was over 200 years old. The scenary whilst on the train was breath taking as ever for Carmarthen. A small mini train ride was provided also which was a bit of fun. The children really enjoyed the train as it reminded them of Harry potters train. The jeourney wasn't too long and enjoyed by all. Incredible attraction provided by volunteers.
we had the most amazing day,
visited the signal box, the cafe and my husband even spent sometime
on the footplate whilst in the station. Lovely friendly
people well worth the money as you can travel up and down the line
as much as you want during the same day. The cafe was good
value for money with fresh rolls made to order and very yummy
Thank you all for making us such a wonderful part of our holiday.
We had a great time travelling on the steam train. We visited the signal box and the man was very accommodating to my sons questioning. The shop had some train type toys as well as souvenirs which weren't too expensive. The train ride was great and there were ample opportunities for photos with the engine and the staff. The short stop at the end of the line involved a miniature railway ride at no further cost. I was a bit disappointed that they had run out of ice cream and the refreshments were basic at the stop however there was a lovely tea shop at the main station.
The staff work really hard to make it a great experience and are raising money to extend the line a further 2 miles. My kids really enjoyed their time here.
Arrived at this very well kept station staff expressed the passion they have with keeping the steam age trains alive. Welcomed the dog which was nice as not many places do Loved riding in the garages brought back child-hold memories stopped for drink and homemade welsh cake while younger children had a free yes free ride on the small gauge railway .Would recommend :)
What a lovely find. Great fun for all the family. A family ticket cost £20 but if you pay an extra £1 per person you can travel 1st class which is worth it because we had a compartment to ourselves.a great way to see the lovely welsh countryside. The staff were very helpful and the station was very pretty with planted pots,tubs etc very Victorian.Great tea room and gift shop.
Well, if you are expecting
something like Bishop's Lydeard near Taunton forget it...but the
Gwili is terrific all the same. We visited with our two small boys
(aged 2 and 3). First impressions...well directed from just outside
Carmarthen into large car park with toilets and display areas below
(bio digester toilets - excellent!). Entry is past a charming
Victorian tea room which served us with a delicious chocolate cake
and lashings of tea (or milk, if you are small). Our family ticket
cost about £20.00 which allowed us to travel back and forward as
much as we liked. It also gave us free use of the miniature railway
at the end of the track (there's another refreshments van there,
There are roughly six trains a day, each one going at 20 minutes past the hour from Bronwydd Arms. Platform shop selling ubiquitous Thomas the Tank Engine stuff which the kids loved but also Gwili specific products. We picked up (as is our family tradition) a Gwili souvenir mug. Staff (of a wide age range) mostly very friendly, obviously enjoying the relationship with the railway which will soon be travelling further than ever due to an extension. We would love to go back. As a family with a great deal of experience of heritage railways, this is one of the nicest. Obvious hard work goes into managing the rolling stock. The platform is scattered with flower tubs (I loved the parsley and lettuce hidden amongst the flower pots and beds!). Really enjoyed the varying environments: sunny and hot at Bronwydd, shaded and cool at the other end. Thank you, Gwili Railway!
We were fortunate enough to be on the June 2nd Sunday lunch. We had to contact you to say what a lovely relaxing afternoon we had. The food was exceptional, our compliments to the chef(s), and the staff were most charming and helpful. We wish you every success with your lovely railway and we look forward to visiting you again.
Stepping back in time on a lovely August afternoon. Fabulous journey through the woods/countryside. Very friendly staff. If you are in this part of Wales I would highly recommend this trip. Reasonably priced. Well done!!
My husband and I wish to inform you
and your staff that we so thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Sunday Lunch train last weekend. We were
quite bowled over by the outstanding service, the delicious
and delightfully prepared food and the length of time you devoted
to the experience - we enjoyed a full four hours if you include the
excited anticipation of waiting and watching the train arrive at
the station beforehand. Wonderful!
Thank you so much! We felt like royalty! We shall certainly be travelling in style with you again when we are next in your beautiful area.
So first things first... It's low budget but authentic and good fun. We went on Easter Monday for a special "driver bob" day and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours on the train and then in the 'entertainment tent' where the kids were entertained by a 'magician' and fair play they loved it! Everyone was very friendly and the valley railway is beautiful, they're extending it further north apparently which will great to see. Will defo come again in the summer.
Visited the railway recently for
the Fathers Day Lunch on board the train.
From the initial booking right through to the wave goodbye on the platform the volunteers who run this wonderful little railway were absolutely fantastic. They couldn't do enough for us and the love and commitment really does shine through.
As for the food, to be honest I wasn't expecting much but they served three faultless courses and the local bottled cider helped it go down. We had leek and potato soup which was rich and creamy, full sunday roast with all the trimmings and as much gravy as you wanted. This was followed by homemade apple pie with a light custard. We would have struggled to finish everything but the service was relaxed and we had plenty of time between each course.
The atmosphere on board was great as we went up and down the railway, stopping to stretch our legs and explore the signal box. The chef came out to greet everyone and four hours after boarding we went back to our car fully satisfied all round.
Sunday Lunch on this amazing steam railway. Excellant 3 course meal served as the train makes its stately progress through the Carmarthen countryside. All the staff including the chef are volunteers and what a good job they do. Well worth a visit for a journey or the lunch.
We headed here on an overcast and chilly day with young daughter. The station staff were very friendly and explained the set up. The track is only about two miles at the moment but there are plans to extend it into Carmarthen. The train staff play their part, waving to the kids as the engine connects up to the carriages. Our daughter loved the trip - on the way back the train stops for 30 mins to allow you to picnic. There are plenty of tables provided and also a place to buy tea and coffee, plus a miniature train to keep the kids entertained. When we were there work was also ongoing to restore an engine and some carriages. The guard comes and lets you know when the train is ready to depart - you are free to stay and get the next train back but at the moment you might be hard pressed to kill hour and a half as there are no walks to do from there. Overall, very good, run very well by hard working volunteers who deserve your support. £8 is very reasonable for what is provided.
Good Sunday lunch, Felt very welcome on our arrival. Good food and good company. Staff are great and make you feel welcome. Recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing day out.+++
One hour return trip. All volunteer staff very friendly and helpful. The railway was used for the film on the life of Dylan Thomas so you might get to sit in the seat either Sienna Millar or Keira Knightley used in the film.
I have just come back from an afternoon tea with Gwili Railway. It was an absolutely lovely afternoon, made all the better by the fine weather. We were served scones with jam and cream, along with strawberries, and tea and coffee aboard the train. The scones were absolutely delicious, and we even had second helpings of strawberries. And cream too, although I declined as I already had plenty of cream. We got off by the miniature railway, so we had an extra little train ride for the price of our ticket! :) There was also a food stand there selling burgers, coffee, etc which was good for those who had not had the cream tea.Then we travelled back to Bronwydd and had a look round the shop, which sells a nice little variety of train related items for children and adults alike. There's also a victorian tea room at the station, selling tea, coffee and cakes, which again is nice for those who didn't choose to go for the cream tea on board the train, and also when special events such as the cream tea aren't running. The journey along the river Gwili really is lovely, and there are picninc tables at the other end of the journey, which brings back happy memories of my childhood. My parents and I often travelled on the Gwili Railway train to go for a picnic when I was a child.
I also went on Gwili Railway last year, when I surprised my father with a Father's Day lunch. We had a lovely meal - starter on the way up to Llwyfan Cerrig, main course on the way back to Bronwydd, then back to Llwyfan Cerrig, having pudding on our way back there, then back to Bronwydd, having coffee and mints on our way back there. We also got to go out to stretch our legs during the journey, and made a toilet stop too. It was a very pleasant journey, and the food was delicious. Definitely a wonderful father's day surprise. My father was thrilled to bits. I couldn't think of anything to top that this year, not without spending a fortune!
Nice little railway, emphasis on little, but well worth a visit. Reasonable fares, nice gift shop, smashing signal box. Tiny museum which is basically one persons collection, however the volunteers here are doing a great job. Nice little ride up the valley and staff approachable and chatty. Good to visit on a rainy day.
A small perserved line that used to form part of the old GWR line from Carmarthen to Aberystwyth. There's only a few miles of line currently open but an extension down to North Carmarthen will open next Spring. Volunteer staff very friendly and just like the old branch line days, running to time does not seem that important! Excellent views.
Had a lovely experience on this delightful steam railway. The staff who are all volunteers were so friendly and could not do enough for you. The trip is only short but with lovely views and the chance so stop off and see more of the engine and learn a little of the history, and a small engine for the children to experience. And the talking suitcase a delight to listen too. We also had the cream tea just delishous a real pot of tea, with extra hot water, lovley scones with butter jam and cream. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon.