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Gwili Railway, Carmarthen, Gb

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Access to Gwili Railway

The Gwili Steam Railway is a tourist railway run entirely by volunteers and is often called the ‘Friendly Line’.  We pride ourselves on being helpful to all and will do what we can to make your visit enjoyable.

Due to the nature of our operation, some aspects contain areas which are not accessible to wheelchair users. If you have a specific requirement, please contact us beforehand, so that the Booking Clerk is aware of your visit. We will make the necessary arrangements for you.

Parking: There are three dedicated disabled parking places to the left as you enter the Car Park.

Directions: The Railway is approached off the B4301 road approximately 300m from its junction with the A484. The road to the Railway on B4301 is a steep hill and the entrance to the railway is directly in front of you as you travel down the hill. The road bears right towards Llanpumpsaint across a gated level crossing.Alternatively, the railway can be approached from the opposite direction through the village of Bronwydd. Entry to the Railway is adjacent to the Signal Box (shown on the right).

 

a house with a fence in front of a brick building

Bronwydd Arms Station

a train engine carrying carts down a track

 

Parking: The car park has dedicated disabled parking spaces near the entrance/exit opposite the tearooms.  

On busy days (Cream tea days, special events) the car park can get very congested and spaces limited so allow plenty of time for your journey to the railway and to catch your train. 

  • The car park is a mixture of tarmac and stone surface.
  • There are toilet facilities at the north end of the car park accessed by a ramp and the wide access unit doubles as baby changing facility.

Platform: The platform and ramp are tarmac surface with textured tiles at the platform edge. The platform does have a number of benches on it which can be considered a trip hazard for those with impaired vision.

  • There is a ramp which is a little steep that takes you to the platform.
  • The booking office and shop is located on the platform and there is a small ramped step leading to the shop.
  • There is a small museum which most standard wheelchairs can access.

Access to the platform is around the back of the signal box, across a rubber crossing which surrounds the rails.  Care should be taken when crossing the track as it can be slippery in wet or icy conditions

  • The signal box is accessed by a steep staircase and is not suitable for those with difficulty in climbing stairs.  There is no wheelchair access available to the signal box. The signal box is not suitable for buggies.

The tearooms are accessed by a wooden ramp to the wide access door or by a smaller doorway up 3 wooden steps.  The tearooms have dedicated tables for wheelchair users.

  • The north end crossing which is used for special events is wooden with metal wire covering. There is a stony surface between the crossing and the platform which is also sloped. This is accessible by wheelchair users and those with visual impairments with care.

Llwyfan Cerrig Station

a group of people standing in a train station

 

Platform: The platform has a tarmac surface. 

  • There are toilet facilities on the platform with a wide access toilet unit which doubles as a baby changing facility.  
  • Currently, there is no catering facility at Llwyfan Cerrig Station.

The Carriage and Wagon workshop is accessible with care.  The space available around the carriages in restricted in places.

  • The Miniature Railway is not suitable for those with severe mobility issues or wheelchair users.

Picnic Area: Sloped footpaths allow access to the picnic area which is down from the platform.  Care needs to be taken as the surface is uneven and can be slippery.  Should you require assistance please ask a member of staff.

  • Picnic area is grassy and relatively level.
  • The picnic site has wooden picnic tables and the surface is grass, but uneven in places.
  • The upper picnic area is out of use and not accessible to any passenger at present. 

There are 2 crossings across the track which are used for different events at different times.  The surface is predominantly stony and is a little uneven in places.

Danycoed Halt

a train engine carrying carts down a track

 

 

Both Danycoed Halt and Abergwili Junction have platforms which are level.

Passengers can disembark the train to watch the engine change ends of the train.  

There are no facilities currently at either stations.

Abergwili Junction

a train on a steel track

Carriages

  • Two small steps up to get into the Mark 1 carriages which are normally in use with the steam engines.  
  • There is a toilet in the Mark 1 coaches but is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • The doors are narrow so those with mobility difficulties or are using sticks or walkers may find access to the carriages awkward through those doors.  
  • The guards van offers a wider access and a portable slope is carried to allow wheelchair users etc to have an easier access on and off the train.  
  • The carriages have a narrow corridor which precludes wheelchair users from accessing the compartments.
  • The ramp and guards compartment are also used for buggies and prams. 

Please note – the onboard toilets are NOT to be used in the station limits or when the train is stationary.

The Dining car (TSO) which seats 64 passengers is used for dining events and is not accessible by wheelchair users. However, those with some mobility can be seated with assistance.

There is insufficient space for buggies and prams in the TSO.  

Please note– we do not have high chairs for the smaller children due to the configuration of the Dining car.

Travelling Post Office carriage is not accessible to wheelchair users.

a group of people sitting at a table in a restaurant

The Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) also has an area where wheelchair users can access the carriage.  As with the other carriages, access through the carriages is narrow and precludes wheelchair users form accessing the carriages.

The DMU also carries a ramp which allows access on and off the train.  It also is used for buggies and prams. 

There is a toilet on the DMU and the restrictions in usage are as above.

a group of people sitting on a bench posing for the camera

Special Events

During the year, Gwili Steam Railway runs several special events.  These events may impact the accessibility to the Railway.  

  • During these events, off site car parking is employed at the Bronwydd Village Hall and White-Water Rafting.  There is a free shuttle bus which transports those passengers in the off-site car parks to Bronwydd Arms Station.  
  • Disabled parking is still available at Bronwydd Arms Station but some may be required to park off site. If your mobility is severely impaired, you should contact the office to let us know.