Santa Trains – extra times and dates added…

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains

Due to popular demand we have reintroduced our mid day train at 12:20 to enable customers and their families to book a mid day slot.

Travel by steam train to see Santa Claus every December weekend plus extra dates.

  • Quality gift for every child
  • Bi-lingual Santa
  • Mince pie for adults
  • Goodie Bag for children (1-13yrs)
  • Live entertainment

Departure Times: 10.00, 10.35, 11.10, 11.45, 12.20, 12.55, 13.30, 14.05, 14.40, 15.15

Enjoy a Mince Pie while you wait to visit Santa in his grotto and the children can dive into their goodie bags (for children 1-13yrs). The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Activity Superstore Vouchers

Dear Customers,

Activity Superstore Vouchers:

  • Only valid on standard running days April-October
  • Not valid on Special Events or dining trains
  • Not valid on Santa’s Magical Steam Trains
  • Valid for 12 months but only during April-October not December, i.e. if purchased in October to December you can use them in 2020 between April and October
  • Not exchangeable by our ticket office
  • Any queries you must contact Activity Superstore as the reseller not Gwili Railway
  • Contact details for Activity Superstore can be found on the voucher or online

Please note that Activity Superstore Vouchers are not a Gwili Railway Company. It is a special offer whereby we reduce our ticket price and give a discount. We cannot refund or exchange these vouchers. The vouchers and T&Cs are clearly stated. Although they are valid for 12 months they are only valid between April and October on the railway standard running days.

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains – 4 days to go…

Only 4 days to go for our 1st weekend of Santa’s Magical Steam Trains.

We’d like to thank all our loyal customers new and old who’ve booked so far. We are half way there with over 4698 tickets sold so far.

Help the railway raise funds to get us through the winter months. All profits go to our non-profit organisation and helps the Staff and Volunteers do the projects they love, keeping our Heritage Railway alive and running for you to enjoy!
https://gwili-railway.co.uk/whats-on/

Co-operative Store St. Clears raises over £4300 for GRPS

What a momentous day for the Railway and the Gwili Vintage Carriage Group Charity.

The Coop community fund raised over £4,415.75 from customers who used their Co-operative Store Members Card. They selected the GVCG after Scott and Matt completed the fundraising questionnaire.

Since applying for the Community Fund over twelve months ago we received an invite this month to receive the cheque and money raised. We then went to the store on Saturday 23rd November to say thank you to the customers and explain how it helped the railway.

New teams, new volunteers, new trains what more can we ask? Simple – keep visiting us, donate and keep supporting us, we promise the volunteers and staff will keep up the great work that they do for the little gem that is ours and your heritage railway!

Thank you to Sadie and the team. The money will go towards the ‘Dan Do Shed Appeal’. Groundwork’s start In the new year. Looks like 2020 will be a special year for Gwili.

Full steam ahead for 2020!

Pictured with Matt Bowen Chairman is Sadie Gascoigne – Team Leader @ Co-op Food St Clears

Santa’s on his way!

Gwili Railway – Santa’s Magical Steam Trains

Santa has delivered a special parcel to the railway today. The booking office has received the naughty and nice lists. Make sure you’ve been good and Santa will see you next weekend until the 23rd December.
 
Don’t forget Mums, Dads and Grandparents spaces are filling up fast. Our 14.05 train on the 8th December is already full. Book today to join in the festive fun.
https://gwili-railway.co.uk/whats-on/

Competition winners

Ghost Express Colouring Competition Finalist

The Gwili Railway are proud to announce the winner of our 2019 Ghost Express competition is Emrys Jones. We have contacted his excited parents today and he will soon receive his prize of a family ticket to see Santa this year.
Well done Emrys.

You all still have time to enter our design a Christmas card competition which runs until the 22nd November 2019.

Ghost Express Train – Halloween outfit competition:

The winner of the overall 1st prize for best outfit goes to Mrs S Phillips and family. They will receive a family ticket to the Santa’s Magical Steam Trains 2019. Other winners received a standard travel family ticket plus runner up prizes of toys.

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains
27 days to go…
The elves are busy wrapping the toys. The volunteers are prepping the trains, clearing the yard and tidying up.

The office staff are going through the orders (Tue-Thur 10:00-16:00).

Over 3000 tickets sold so far so don’t miss out, popular dates are booking up fast.

We’ve also ordered special Santa boarding tickets for the grotto experience. When you arrive show the ticket collectors or shop your printed e-ticket and they’ll exchange for a special red ticket.

Please ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes early to allow for parking. If the Bronwydd Station car park is full please use the community hall or white water down the road. The coaches will bring you back and forth from the station. If need disabled access we will try to get you a space nearby. Please be aware disabled access is in the brake van and any large buggies will be stored there. This is due to the narrow carriage corridors.

This years theme for the marquee is the Snowman Family. The marquee is provided by 24 Carrot Events (Best Wales Wedding Marquee provider 2019). Carrot and his team will be providing hot food and drinks every day. See previous posts. Loopy Lews will be our resident Magician and Compere.

When you arrive at the marquee and grotto you will receive a mince pie and children will receive a tray and drink.

Ghost Express a Gwili success story

Ghost Express a huge success…

Ghost Express a huge success…
 
The 2nd annual Ghost Express Halloween trains were a huge success for the Gwili Steam Railway. After last years huge crowd pleaser the team of staff and volunteers organised this years event to cover three days over the half term period. With the help of the local papers and Carmarthen Council tourist teams the railway advertised and delivered postcards to local schools. The family friendly event was a popular and simple crowd pleaser. At Llwyfan Cerrig Station magician ‘Loopy Lews’ provided entertainment with volunteers providing treats etc to a background of a themed station display. Part of the big draw was the redesigned and new miniature railway provided by the team who carried over 300 passengers between services.
 
Over 1000 passengers travelled and enjoyed food on the trains. Prizes were given out for best costumes and the 1st prize winner of a family ticket for Santa’s Magical Steam Trains was Mrs Phillips and her family from Swansea.
 
The Directors and GRPS would like to thank all the volunteers, staff and Carmarthen Council tourist team who made this event a huge success. We now look forward to our popular Santa’s Magical Steam Trains in December. Next years Ghost Express will be back bigger and better than before and it will help that the event is on a Friday and Saturday.
 
Scott Artus Marketing Manager Gwili Railway

Autumn Steam Service Update

Autumn Steam Update…

  • Saturday 26th October – Services running as advertised, Vintage Tea Rooms open, trains depart 11:00/13:00/15:00 seats available. Murder Mystery Dining Service 19:00 fully booked.
  • Sunday 27th October – closed for operational reasons, we apologise for any inconvenience.
  • Monday 28th – Closed
  • Tuesday 29th Ghost Express – Open services run 13:09/15:00/17:00,
    Vintage Tea Rooms Open
  • Wednesday 30th Ghost Express – Open services run 13:09/15:00/17:00,
    Vintage Tea Rooms Open
  • Halloween 31st October Ghost Express – 11:00/13:00/15:00/17:00/19:00,
    catering available on the Dining Car and in the Vintage Tea Room

Apologies we are closed 16th October. We will be open 17th October.

We are sorry to announce we are closed tomorrow…

Due to availability of operational crews we are closed on Wednesday 16th October. We are happy to announce we are open as normal for our Welsh Elevenses and Strawberry Cream Tea service on Thursday 17th October.

Please check our google, facebook and website for updates and opening times over the weekend.

Halloween – Ghost Express Competition

Join in the spooky fun…

Gwili Railway announces four competitions with each receiving a prize of a family ticket to visit our Santa’s Magical Steam Trains 2019.
 
Gwili Railway – Ghost Express Halloween Competition
To celebrate Halloween at this year’s Ghost Express event the Gwili Railway are launching two competitions.
 
Competition 1 – Purchase your ticket for the Ghost Express Train, any day 29/30/31 October and come along in your scariest or funniest Halloween costume. Our team will randomly select the best outfits and our marketing manager will take a photograph of you*. If your outfit is deemed to be spookily outstanding you will win a family ticket for Santa’s Magical Steam Trains.
 
Competition 2 – design a monster and post your entry to the railway FAO of Scott or bring with you when you visit the Ghost Express event days. The winning entries will be featured in a new book written and illustrated by Scott for the GRPS and Gwili Railway next year. The winning art entries will receive a family ticket to Santa’s Magical Steam Trains. Make you monster relevant to the Ghost Express train theme.
Competition 3 – design a Christmas Card, draw a Christmas card design and post your entry to the railway FAO Scott. Winning entries will be scanned/used and printed in a GRPS Card Pack to raise funds for the Loco Fund. All proceeds for the Loco Fund are a charitable donation. The 1st prize will be a family ticket to Santa’s Magical Steam Trains. Make your design relevant to Gwili Railway include a steam train, snowmen, children, elves and let your imagination sparkle.
 
Competition 4 – Halloween colouring competition for younger entrants, colour the ‘My best friend is zombie’ picture and post your winning entry to the railway. The winning colouring entries will receive a family ticket to Santa’s Magical Steam Trains.
Download the pdf and colour in and return asap by clicking the link below.
 
Deadline for entries is the 31st October 2019 for the Halloween design monster competition or 22nd November 2019 for the design a Christmas Card competition.
 
Conditions of entry into the Gwili Railway Competition:
 
Your details will not be used for any direct marketing purposes or used on any internal or external databases.mThe railway will contact the winner by phone or email, please include these on your entry, if it is a child who is entering please only use their 1st name/school/class and the school will also receive a prize.
 
If you decide to enter the design a Monster or design a Christmas Card competition please draw your artwork on a A4 piece of white paper. The winning entries will receive a family ticket to our 2019 Santa’s Magical Steam Train event, you can choose a day and time to travel. If your chosen date or time is sold out we reserve the right to advise and transfer you to another suitable date and time of travel.
 
Your must supply a valid Name/Address/Telephone and up to date email address so we can send your tickets via our booking system. A family ticket entitles: 2 Adults plus 2 Children Max to book for the Santa Train. The ticket cannot be transferred or used on any other service. If you cannot come to the Santa Trains event a normal family ticket can be exchanged for a standard running day during 2020.
 
Entries to the Halloween Fancy Dress competition must allow the railway to use the photo taken for promotion purposes on our facebook and website media channels. Entrants to the fancy dress competition is dependant on you purchasing a ticket and travelling on the train to Llwyfan Cerrig Station where the judging will take place each day of the event.
 
Send your designs and art entries to Gwili Railway, FAO Scott – Gwili Marketing Manager. Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT
 
Illustrations by William Scott Artus

Christmas card competition

The Gwili Steam Railway are holding their 3rd annual Christmas Card Competition. 

  • Cards must feature the theme of Steam Trains, Santa, Snowmen, Elves
  • 1st prize  – Santa’s Magical Steam Train Family Ticket*
  • Please post entries FAO of Scott Artus to Gwili Railway at the address below
  • Entries must be drawn no bigger than A4 in colour, include the child’s first name, school, form and home address on the back*
  • Deadline for entries 22nd November 2019

GDPR – How we use your data: 

We will only use your data to contact you for information/postage purposes.  This may be by phone or email for operational purposes. 

We may contact you by phone or letter to update your details and our database. We do not use your data for marketing and we do not sell or share your information with 3rd parties.

*2 + Adult and 2 + Children Max.

Autumn Steam Running Days

AUTUMN STEAM DAYS

TBC 16th October – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

17th October – Steam Welsh Elevenses 11:00, Cream Tea 13:00/15:00

19th October – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

20th October – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

23rd October – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

24th October – Steam Welsh Elevenses 11:00, Cream Tea 13:00/15:00

*26th October – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

*27th October – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

*2nd November – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

2nd November – Evening Curry Steam Train £20.00: 19.00 departure. 

*3rd November – Steam 11:00/13:00/15:00

Ghost Express – Halloween Train
October 29th, 30th and 31st, day and evening trains. Trick or Treat, fancy dress prizes.
Trains Depart Oct 29/30 13.00/15.00, 17.00, Oct 31 11.00/13.00/15.00, 17.00, 19.00.
Event Prices Tickets: Adult £14, Senior £12, Child £8, Dog £2, Family £36

*Special Event ticket prices may incur an extra charge and will be advertised as such.
Join the conversation online on Facebook  @TheGwiliSteamRailway

www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT
Telephone: 01267 238213 Email: [email protected]

*A diesel locomotive may be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print. The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. 

MPD Job Vacancy

Gwili Railway Job Vacancy:

Responsible Officer and Steam Locomotive Engineer (one post)

With responsibility for our Steam Locomotives.

You should have proven experience:

  • in the maintenance, repair and restoration of Steam Locomotives and an understanding of Diesel Traction, Rolling Stock and Plant;
  • be competent in record keeping and the completion of safety critical documentation;
  • good team leader of staff and volunteers working in the Department.

This is a full time contract working 5 days out of 7
as required. Further details may be obtained by
email and applications including a CV should be sent to; 

Matt Bowen – Chairman & Company Secretary,
email: [email protected]

by 10:00am
Friday 15th November 2019. Salary by negotiation.

www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT 

Tel: 01267 238213

email – [email protected]

Important service changes 24th August – 1st September

Gwili Railway Notification of Important Service Changes 24th August – 1st September

25th August 2019 – Bank Holiday Steam Service, trains depart 11:00/13:00/15:00

26th August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday, all train services cancelled

27/28 August – All services cancelled due to scheduled steam locomotive washout

29th & 30th August – We will be running our normal 11:00 Welsh Elevenses and 13:00/15:00 Cream Tea Dining Train and passenger services.

31st August – Medieval Day and Volunteer BBQ, we will be running a 11:00/13:00/15:00, there will also be a special volunteers BBQ steam train at 17:15, returning at 8:30. Passengers who are not GRPS or volunteers are welcome to stay over at an extra cost of £5.00 please notify the office before travelling.

1st September – Medieval Day, trains depart at 11:00/13:00/15:00

Miniature Railway Relaunch

The Gwili Railway relaunches its Miniature Railway

The Gwili Steam Railway in conjunction with the GRPS (Gwili Railway Preservation Society) are pleased to announce the grand opening of the revised and improved Miniature Railway on the 18th August.
Over the past 6 months the GRPS, in conjunction with the Gwili Steam Railway, have strived to get the Miniature Railway back on track for the visitors who loved this special little train. With a large investment from the GRPS a team of staff and volunteers have worked to rebuild the track, station, engines and carriages.
The railway now has something to be proud of, which will bring delight to those visitors who stop over at Llwyfan Cerrig. A new terminus has been built and will be called Conway Halt in recognition of the bequeath made by George Conway in memory of his brother Herbert Tisdale Conway which provided funding for extending track to this point.
It was decided to hold the event on the first day of our new ‘Pop Up’ event Circus Skills Day. Cllr. Irfon Jones, Mayor of Carmarthen and Chairman of Bronwydd Community Council kindly made a donation to further develop the Miniature Railway. He was accompanied by his wife Jean and were joined by Fred and Celia Bond to formally reopen the Railway along with John Gurmin (Chairman of the GRPS). Fred Bond originally brought the Railway to Llwyfan Cerrig from the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival in 1992 and he was instrumental in setting it up. Local children from the Bronwydd Tiny Tots Nursery were also the first to travel on the train with one child being given the special No.1 ticket as a memento.
Refreshments were provided and representatives of the Company Board and GRPS Committee attended. It was also a special day for those who are now qualified to operate the Railway and our thanks must go to the many volunteers who have been instrumental in getting it back to its former glory.
Scott Artus – Marketing Manager quoted:  “It was a great honour to attend and be involved in this event. It proves with the right attractions we can make the Gwili a must see destination for our visitors. The importance of the Miniature Railway and the Railway in general is critically important to all who visit us”. (pictured passing out as a volunteer miniature driver)

19-26 August running days

Urgent notification due to operational reasons the 11:00 train on the 21st August is cancelled. All tickets booked for the 11:00 train are valid on the 13:00 and 15:00 trains.

We’ve got a week packed full of fun, steam train rides and dining trains…

‘What’s On’ August 19th-26th:

  • Monday 19th August – closed for maintenance.
  • Tuesday 20th August – Circus Skills Day, 11:00/13:00/15:00. Event prices apply.
  • CANCELLED 11:00 Train Wednesday 21st August – Circus Skills Day.
  • The Circus Skills trains at 13:00 and 15:00 are running, tickets booked for the 11:00 are valid on these trains.
  • Thursday 22nd – Steam Train Journeys plus our Popular 11.:00 Welsh Elevenses and 13:00/15:00 Cream Tea Dining Train. Dining train prices apply, standard travel prices apply if travelling by train only.
  • Friday 23rd August – Steam Train Journeys plus our Popular 11.:00 Welsh Elevenses and 13:00/15:00 Cream Tea Dining Train. Dining train prices apply, standard travel prices apply if travelling by train only.
  • Saturday 24th August – Closed for maintenance.
  • Sunday 25th August – Steam Trains, 11:00/13:00/15:00. standard fares apply.
    Bank Holiday Monday 26th August – Steam Trains, 11:00/13:00/15:00. standard fares apply.
  • The miniature railway will be open on selected days please check on arrival. A separate travel charge applies £1.00 payable at Llwyfan Cerrig. All proceeds go to the GRPS Loco Fund to cover running costs and maintenance.

Our Office is open Tue-Fri from 10:00am-4:00pm
www.gwili-railway.co.uk

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August service cancellations and changes

August running days: Due to mechanical and service schedules we have
revised our running days to the following dates: 

Tue 13, Wed 14, Thur 15 and Sun 18 – Steam Locomotive Train Service

Tue 20, Wed 21, Thur 22, Sun 25 & Mon 26 – Steam Locomotive Train Service

Circus Skills Day: 18th, 20th & 21st August

Miniature Railway Relaunch: 18th August, 1.30pm, travel 1.00pm

Medieval Fun Weekend: August 31st & September 1st

Event Prices Tickets: Adult £14, Senior £12, Child £8, Dog £2, Family £36

Strawberry Cream Teas: Every Thursday, Sept – Oct 13.00/15.00

Evening Curry Train £20.00: 2nd November, 19.00 departure 

Service changes August

Service announcement:

On the Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th August we will be operating on a half line service due to trackside clearance. We may change to running south only on the 9 August so please watch for any service announcements.

The 7.30pm Gwili Fryer train on the 10 August is cancelled.

On the 12 and 13 August we will be operating a Heritage Diesel Railcar Service.

Friday 16 August we will operating on the South Section to Abergwili only, half price fares will be in operation.

Service changes for August

Service Changes during August 2019

During August we have had to make some changes to advertised services due to availability of steam and diesel engines.

The following changes have been made and supersede the printed calendar leaflet sent out to tourist information sites in October 2018:

  • Saturday 3rd August – All services will now be steam locomotive trains.
  • Monday 5th – All services will now be Steam trains.
  • Monday 12, 19th August – All services will now be Diesel Railcar trains.
  • Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August – All services will now be Diesel Railcar trains.
  • The 29th August Welsh Elevenses and Cream Tea Trains are cancelled and will operate on Friday the 30th August as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All booked passengers who have booked for Steam services will be contacted and can transfer to another day if they do not wish to travel on the Heritage Railcar Diesel Services advertised above.

New Event – Medieval Weekend

Medieval Weekend

Newsflash – New Family Friendly Event at Gwili Railway…
Medieval Weekend 31st August-1st September 2019
 
Treat thyself to a weekend of ‘Ye Olde Steam Trains’ and join in the medieval fun and games on the Gwili Railway. Come along dressed up as Kings, Queens, Princesses, Knights and Dragons. Prizes for best outfit. Play Ye Olde Archery and Circus Skills and experience the Magic of Merlin!
31st August & 1st September 2019
Medieval Event Prices: Adult £14.00, Child £8.00,
Senior £12.00, Family £35.00, Dog £2.00
Ye Olde Steam Trains Depart: 11.00/13.00/15.00
Use our magical online booking!
  • Two days of Steam, children’s activities and fun for all the family
  • Bring a picnic or pick one up from our Vintage Tea Room
  • Travel to Llwyfan Cerrig and meet the Archer, King and Queen of Llwyfan and the Circus Skills Trainers
  • Meet Merlin and do some magic
  • Come along dressed up in Medieval costume with prizes for best outfit
  • Pull the sword from the stone to be crowned King or Queen of Wales
  • Throw sponges at the gaoled stocks prisoners
  • Learn Circus Skills, juggling, circus tricks and parachute games
  • Archery skills
  • To enjoy the games please travel on an earlier train e.g. 11.00 to stay for the return train at 14.00 or travel at 13.00 and return on the 16.00

Visitors will be able to travel on the steam locomotives throughout the day. Special Event fares apply.

Steam Trains run 11.00/13.00/15.00

New event – Circus Skills Day

Circus Skills Day

Come along and enjoy a fun packed day of circus skills, juggling and magic at the Gwili Railway.

  • Three days of Steam, children’s activities and fun for all the family
  • Bring a picnic or pick one up from our Vintage Tea Room
  • Travel to Llwyfan Cerrig and meet the Circus Skills Trainers and the Gwili Bear
  • Learn Circus Skills, juggling, circus tricks and parachute games
  • Archery skills on Sunday 18th
  • To enjoy the games please travel on an earlier train e.g. 11.00 to stay for the return train at 14.00 or travel at 13.00 and return on the 16.00

Visitors will be able to travel on the steam locomotives throughout the day. Special Event fares apply.

Steam Trains run 11.00/13.00/15.00

Summer services

*Summer services on the Gwili Railway…

  • Our Thursday and Friday trains offer you the chance to enjoy a Welsh Elevenses at 11.00 and a Strawberry Cream Tea on the 13.00 and 15.00 dining trains.
  • Saturdays are traditionally our Heritage Railcar diesel service.
  • Sunday the 14th July is our popular Classic Transport Day.
  • Selected Saturday evenings in July 27th and August 3rd, 10th and 17th are our popular Gwili Fryer Fish and Chip and real ale trains, 18.00 and 19.30 running times.
  • Monday to Friday and Sundays are our steam train services running three times a day. 11.00/13.00/15.00.
*Please check availability on our website, facebook and google, due to scheduled Monday service days and track maintenance other days will be unaffected. We will give you at least 48 hours notification of any cancellation.
Plus our miniature railway which is popular with young and old is back on track. A small charge applies to cover costs and goes toward the GRPS miniature fund.
 
Watch out for new ‘Pop-up’ special events in July/August and September.
 
www.gwili-railway.co.uk Tel: 01267 238213

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains – departure time changes

Changes to departure times for our popular Santa Trains

For 2019 we are trialling a new timetable for our popular Santa’s Magical Steam Trains. To allow staff and volunteers have a mid day break and give the footplate crew a rest we have removed the 12.20 train. This will also benefit the visitors to the grotto and prevent large queues developing at a busy time of the time.

2019 New Departure Times:
10.00, 10.35, 11.10, 11.45, 12.55, 13.30, 14.05, 14.40, 15.15

Travel by steam train to see Santa Claus every December weekend plus extra dates.

  • Quality gift for every child
  • Bi-lingual Santa
  • Mince pie for adults
  • Goodie Bag/Drink and Treat for children (1-13yrs)
  • Live entertainment
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your departure time to help with parking and queues at Bronwydd Station.

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Extra Steam Date added 6th September 2019

Extra Steam Date added 6th September 2019

The Gwili Steam Railway in conjunction with Inside Track Tours have added an extra Steam Train date to their busy summer calendar. Due to a special Inside Track Tour to Carmarthen we have agreed to put on an extra day of steam so that the tour can enjoy the thrill of travelling by steam on the Gwili Railway.

Driver experience day – new format, new team, huge smiles!

New format for Gwili Railway Driver Experience Day a huge success for volunteers and participants…

15th June 2019

As a photographer for Gwili (Scott Artus Marketing Manager) it was a pleasure to capture the drama, teamwork and smiles. It proves we are a must see destination for visitors from across the UK and Europe.

To see the sheer joy of seeing participants and volunteers enjoy our 1st full driver experience day for 2019 on Saturday 15th June at The Gwili Steam Railway.

The first team to start the day driving the ‘Welsh Guardsman’ were Udo Lang (Udo travelled all the way to Carmarthen from Munich) and John Richardson (a fellow Yorkshireman who’s lived in Wales since the 70s).

We had a fantastic day, lots of new friendships were made and the sheer professionalism of our volunteers and staff made this a truly special day.

Driver Experience Day set 2

What a dynamic and cohesive family team the Bowen family were. Father and Son Dennis and Ian were a credit to the railway all their action timed well. Seeing their teamwork proved that families who work and play together are a happy family. What a perfect Fathers day weekend.

Gwili Steam Railway – Driver Experience set 3

Last but not least were the great duo Morris Blake and Phil Battison who had a whale of a time enjoying being signalman, guards then finally driver and fireman. The perfect end to the day for a dynamic team. You can see by their smiles how much we enjoyed the day.

Well done all and we look forward to the next day.

Story and photography Scott Artus

2019 Gala, revised format mixed with new celebrations

Summer Gala 22-23 June 2019

Join us for the 2019 Gwili Railway annual summer Gala, we’re shifting our attention back 41 years to Graig Merthyr Colliery who were still running steam in 1978) –  which has a special connection with our own RSH No.71516 “Welsh Guardsman”. 

Our 2019 gala falls exactly on the 41st anniversary of the end of steam at Graig Merthyr colliery. “Welsh Guardsman” carries the boiler from Bagnall No.2758 – which famously worked the final train out of Graig Merthyr.

41 years on (to the day), we will recreate the spirit of the final day at Graig Merthyr – with an austerity carrying a wreath on the smokebox, as well as both the English & Welsh flags (as it did back in 1978).

Look out for:

  • Intensive timetable in operation on both days
  • Trains crossing at both Llwyfan Cerrig and Bronwydd Arms
  • Demonstration goods train, featuring a series of photographic run pasts
  • Displays and stalls at Bronwydd Arms
  • D2178 on brake-van rides at Llwyfan Cerrig
  • Live music at Bronwydd Arms (Saturday only)
  • Road steam on display at Bronwydd Arms
  • Afternoon ‘non-stop’ from Abergwili Junction to Danycoed on both days
  • Sentinel steam wagon “Typhoo” on display (in steam) at Bronwydd Arms
  • “Echoes of Graig Merthyr”: a photographic opportunity with “Welsh Guardsman” Saturday evening at Bronwydd Arms (approx.5pm onwards)
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Steam” – celebrating the 75th birthday of “Welsh Guardsman” 6.00pm,
    Curry £5.00 plus bar available on production of a valid ticket

Summer Gala Timetable Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 2019

Click to download the pdf files below…

PUBLIC TIMETABLE – Saturday

PUBLIC TIMETABLE – Sunday

Find out more details on Facebook: @TheGwiliSteamRailway

Event Prices:  Adult £14.00, Child £8.00, Senior £12.00, Family £35.00, Dog £2.00

www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT  Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or
attractions. A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Cream Tea anyone?

Fancy a beautiful cream tea served on our steam locomotive hauled dining train?

Every Thursday in June then every Thursday and Friday in July and August. Our dining team who are made up of volunteers and staff. We serve local welsh food including Little Grandma’s Kitchen Jam and Welsh Brew Tea.

See the photo attached for the latest improvements we’ve made to the Strawberry Cream Teas served today. Well done all.

Locomotive Fund

GRPS Locomotive Fund
Help the Gwili Railway restore their fleet of locomotives…

The Gwili Railway and the Preservation Society work hard to support our volunteers and preserve our locomotive heritage for future generations.

We have 3 locomotives in need of your support so we can restore them to their former glory. With your help we need to generate funds for their service and repair. This will help the railway with much needed funding and to be able to run their own fleet of locomotives.

  • Every donation you make will be ring fenced and used to repair and restore our fleet of locomotives.
  • We are presently in the early stages of putting Olwen and Haulwen back into steam but need extra funds for parts and boiler tests.
  • We will create a roll of honour page and certificates for major donations with special offers and incentives for larger donations such as:
  • Donations £2.00-£19.00 receive a certificate.
  • Donations of £20.00-£49.00 will receive a certificate and a photographic print of one of the locomotives, Haulwen or Olwen.
  • Donations of £50.00-£99.00 will receive a certificate, print and a commemorative mug.
  • Donations £100 and over will receive a certificate, print, commemorative mug and a footplate ride on one of our steam locomotives.
  • This can be redeemed on a chosen steam running day or you can wait for the restored locomotive to be back in steam.
  • To donate please make payments by cheque or bank transfer to the GRPS. Include contact details.
    Santander bank:
    Sort code: 09-01-54
    Account No: 74534006
    Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT
    Tel: 01267 238213
    email – [email protected]

Our Steam Locomotives…
Our steam fleet comprises of small ex-industrial locomotives. The fleet is unique in that it encapsulates a century of industrial steam in South Wales, as many of our locomotives have operated in the region during their varied careers.

RSH 0-4-OST No.7058 (1942) Olwen
Originally worked at Earley Power Station near Reading, on its internal railway system. The locomotive is owned by the Gwili Railway Preservation Society.

No.3879 Haulwen
Haulwen is a Hunslet Austerity locomotive, built in 1942 as No.5272. Constructed at the Vulcan Foundry in 1945, she initially worked as the Longmoor Military Railway (named Insein), before being transferred to the Woolmer
Instructional Railway. Sold by the Army to Hunslet in 1959, she was sent to Hunslet Ltd. in 1961 to be rebuilt and renumbered as No.3879. It was then sold to the National Coal Board to work initially at Cambrian Colliery and then at Mountain Ash. The engine was placed on loan at the Caerphilly Railway Society in 1981 and was later bought by them. The name Haulwen means “White Sunlight”, “Bright Sunlight” or “Bright Star” depending on the translation from Welsh and was the name of the Mountain Ash Colliery Manager’s Daughter.

Hunslet No.3829
Was built in Leeds in 1955 and worked at NCB Lady Windsor. It was originally purchased for restoration at the Swansea Vale Railway where some work was carried out in the Upper Bank Works.

Photographs by John Jones
RSH 0-4-OST No.7058 (1942) Olwen livery as it will be after restoration. Black livery.

Find out more details on Facebook in future updates:
@TheGwiliSteamRailway

Bookings online via mobile phone in weak signal areas

Dear Customers,

Please note we have noticed some customers have experienced errors when making bookings via mobile phone. If you try to make a booking in a weak signal area there may be drop off error on the payment section.

We advise customers that you don’t try to put another booking through our system until you have checked the following:

  • When making a booking if there is a drop off in signal and you get an error, this is temporary and your order may still go through our payment system.
  • Please check your card provider if payment has or has not been taken within 24 hours.
  • Check your email (also check if it has gone into spam) for your booking confirmation.
  • Ring our booking office if you get an error and they will check your order. Tel; 01267 238213.
  • If no payment has been taken or no email confirmation has arrived you can try again, but please check.
  • Any order that does go through to our payment system is subject to a Stripe Admin fee which is included in the ticket price. Refund requests due to order error or payment problems will have the admin fee deducted from your refund. See terms at bottom of our website and pasted in this message…

Terms and Conditions

General

Whist every effort will be made to adhere to the published timetable, all dates, times and services are subject to amendment or cancellation. The Gwili Railway Company (GR) cannot be held responsible for any loss or inconvenience should it become necessary to alter or cancel the advertised services.

Before you travel to the railway please visit the website or Facebook page to check for service changes. Please call 01267 238213 no later than 4.00pm the day before you travel.

The GR reserve the right to ask any member of the public to leave the railway if it is deemed necessary to do so, including if they are seen using abusive language, unruly behaviour that is likely to cause themselves or others harm or damage any property.

  • Dogs are allowed to travel, but are not allowed to stand on the seating or tables. You may be asked to leave if they do so.
  • No alcohol other than that purchased on the railway may be consumed on our property. You will be asked to leave if you do so.
  • Tickets should be purchased at the station ticket office before boarding the train. It is an offence to travel without a ticket.

Late Arrivals

We advise you to check the timetable before travelling and allow at least 30 minutes before the time of departure to park your car, purchase your tickets and board the train.
Under no circumstances will the train be delayed for latecomers, even if the rest of the party is already on the train.

No refunds will be given for missed trains.

Bookings

All bookings are subject to availability, varying ticket terms and conditions may apply.

  • You may pay over the phone by credit card or by sending a cheque or you can call in and pay cash. Some bookings can be made over the Internet.
  • An administration fee may be applicable on some bookings.
  • Advance reservations are held for 7 days and are cancelled if payment or deposit is not received in that period. A minimum deposit of 25% will be required for all bookings.
  • All payments should be made in one transaction, unless a deposit has been agreed. Payment by instalments is not accepted for any bookings.
  • When payment has been received your tickets will be dispatched via the method selected when you made your purchase.
  • Tickets will be posted as soon as possible. Please allow 14 – 21 days for delivery. Alternatively tickets can be collected from Bronwydd Arms ticket office.

Changes, Cancellations and Refunds

It may be possible to change the date and time of a ticket once it has been confirmed, depending on the type and availability.

Changes will carry a minimum of £5.00 administration fee.

If you choose not to use your ticket, refunds will depend on the conditions applicable to each ticket type and refunds may not be given on certain types. The issuing of refunds will be at the discretion of the Duty Officer.

Cancellations and refunds will carry a minimum of a £5 administration charge.

Damage

Passengers will be held responsible for any damages they may cause to any part of the railway stock or premises and will be charged the full cost of repairs.

Group Bookings

All bookings are treated as provisional until a minimum of 25% of the total cost has been received as a deposit. The deposit must be received within 7 days of booking or the order will be cancelled without notice.

  • The client must inform the GR of the anticipated group numbers and required train not less than 7 days before the date of travel.
  • Final numbers must be given to the GR at least 48 hours prior to the booked date. The amount payable by the client will be calculated on this final number or who actually attend, whichever is the greatest.
  • Payment of the remaining balance is due on the day of travel and is payable at the Booking Office at Bronwydd Station, unless credit has been prearranged with the GR before the travel date.
  • Where credit is agreed the client should pay within 28 days of the invoice.
  • Deposits paid are not refundable, although it may be possible to transfer the booking to another date. An administration fee of £5 may be charged.
  • Full payment will be required unless 7 days notice of cancellation is given in writing.

Damage

The client will be held responsible for any damages caused by the clients or their guests, agents, employees etc and will be charged the full cost of repairs.

Special Events

Santa, Easter, 40s Weekends, Thomas Weekends and Galas etc

  • Special Fares will apply for these events. See the individual leaflets for details.
  • Tickets purchased in advance may have a discount if purchased 7 days before the event.
  • All tickets are ‘day rover tickets’ and do not have reserved seats.
  • Passengers with tickets do not need to visit the ticket offices and can board the train.
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • When payment has been processed, tickets will be dispatched via the method selected when you made your purchase.
  • Tickets will be posted as soon as possible. Please allow 14 – 21 days for delivery.
  • For late bookings, tickets will be held at reception. The location of this will be advised.

Changes, Cancellations and Refunds

Tickets are not refundable but it may be possible to transfer them to another date.

An administration fee of £5 may be charged.

Murder Mystery Trains

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Tickets include travel, entertainment and a meal. Seating is reserved.
  • Full payment for tickets must be at the time of booking or within 7 days.
  • Parties of more than 8 people may pay 25% of the total cost as a non-refundable deposit. This deposit must be received within 7 days of booking or the order will be cancelled without notice. The remaining balance must be received no later than one month before travel.
  • Bookings will be cancelled if the necessary payment is not received within the required timescale.
  • An administration fee will be charged per transaction at the time of booking.
  • Menu choices must be received no later than 7 days before the date of travel.

Changes, Cancellations and Refunds

Deposits are not refundable.

Tickets are not refundable but may be transferred to another date, depending on availability and providing 7 days notice has been given to the railway.

An administration fee of £5 may be charged.

Late Arrivals

Under no circumstances will the train be delayed for latecomers, even if the rest of the party is already on the train.

No refunds will be given for missed trains.

Santa Specials

Tickets include travel, entertainment, seasonal refreshment and a visit to the grotto. Children are entitled to see Santa and receive a present.

  • Nobody is permitted to travel without a ticket, regardless of their age.
  • Passengers under 3 years of age are classed as infants, children are aged between 1 and 15 years of age and passengers over 15 years old are classed as adults.
  • Only infants and children receive presents from Santa.
  • The railway must be notified of any children or adults with special needs at the time of booking and we will make every effort to accommodate them.
  • Full payment for tickets must be at the time of booking or within 7 days, except for parties of 20 people or more.
  • Parties of 20 or more people may pay 25% of the total cost as a non-refundable deposit. This deposit must be received within 7 days of booking or the order will be cancelled without notice. The remaining balance must be received no later than one month before travel.
  • Bookings will be cancelled if the necessary payment is not received within the required timescale.
  • An administration fee will be charged per transaction at the time of booking.
  • Tickets must be shown at reception and then taken through the grotto with you, in order to see Santa.

Changes, Cancellations and Refunds

Deposits are not refundable.

Tickets are not refundable but may be transferred to another date, depending on availability and providing 7 days notice has been given to the railway.

An administration fee of £5 may be charged.

Late Arrivals

  • We advise you to allow at least 30 minutes before the time of departure to park your car, check in at reception and board the train.
  • Under no circumstances will the train be delayed for latecomers, even if the rest of the party is already on the train. No refunds will be given for missed trains.
  • Seats on later trains will be subject to availability and you may be charged an administration fee of £5.

Taster Experience Day a huge success…

Taster Drivers Experience Day – 18th May 2019…

Wow! What a fantastic day at the Gwili Steam Railway. A day packed full of fun, family celebrations and a new team spirit that was simply infectious and delightful for the visitors and volunteers at the railway.

10 taster day drivers/firemen-women enjoyed an action packed day travelling up and down the track. Driving down and back up then firing on their second run they all experienced the thrill of the footplate.

All led by a loyal team of fantastic volunteers who really made the Gwili Railway a magical place to be.

Plus the weather gods were on our side. Copious vats of tea and biscuits were consumed and we all went home dirty, sweaty and proud at what we have achieved.

A huge thank you and love and hugs to the customers who made our day as good as we made theirs.

The next Taster Experience Day is 5th October 2019.

Photography by Scott Artus on behalf of the Gwili Railway. A selection of photographs from the day…

2019 Gala details confirmed…

Gwili Gala 22-23 June – Events will include…

  • An intensive timetable on both days.
  • All available traction in use,
  • Road steam on display at Bronwydd Arms (full size and miniature)
  • Demonstration goods train in use.
  • Evening trains with on-board bar on Saturday night (curry and rice served on board: £5 with valid travel ticket).

Further details will be published below. We hope to see you there!

The Gala is a day ticket event. Adult £12, Child £8, Senior £12, Dog £2, Family 2+2 £35. Curry train please book on day with proof of ticket purchase.

https://gwili-railway.co.uk/product/gala-22-june-2019-0900/

22-23 June – Gala time is approaching!

Back in 2018, our “Gwili 40” gala showcased the past 40 years of the Gwili Steam Railway in the preservation era – as well as harking back to early days in preservation in 1978. However, there was still steam to be found in industrial service in South Wales at the time.

For the 2019 gala therefore, we’re shifting our attention back 41 years to Graig Merthyr Colliery (who were still running steam in 1978) – which has a special connection with our own RSH No.71516 “Welsh Guardsman”.

Our 2019 gala falls exactly on the 41st anniversary of the end of steam at Graig Merthyr colliery. Our own “Welsh Guardsman” carries the boiler from Bagnall No.2758 – which famously worked the final train out of Graig Merthyr.

In the latter years of Graig Merthyr colliery, the steam workings were extensively photographed – featuring heavily in the enthusiast press in later years (particularly through the work of photographer Geoff Silcock).

There are many stories surrounding the final train before closure, as it was heavily reported in both the enthusiast and local press at the time. The reporter (for a syndicated paper) was a young Anne Robinson (of “Weakest Link” fame), who rode on the footplate for the final run down the Dulais valley.

41 years on (to the day), we will recreate the spirit of the final day at Graig Merthyr – with an austerity carrying a wreath on the smokebox, as well as both the English & Welsh flags (as it did back in 1978). The loco will be working a demonstration goods train (featuring a series of photographic runpasts), to try and capture some of the atmosphere of the final train at Graig Merthyr back in 1978.

In addition, there will also be plenty else to see! All the usual ‘gala’ attractions will be available. Look out for:

  • Intensive timetable in operation on both days, with all available motive power in use.
  • Trains crossing at both Llwyfan Cerrig and Bronwydd Arms, with the signalling at Llwyfan Cerrig in use.
  • Demonstration goods train.
  • Displays and stalls at Bronwydd Arms, from other preservation societies and groups.
  • D2178 on brake-van rides at Llwyfan Cerrig – a rare opportunity for haulage.
  • Live music at Bronwydd Arms (Saturday only).
  • Road steam on display at Bronwydd Arms – featuring both full-size and miniature engines.
  • Unusual movements – including an afternoon ‘non-stop’ from Abergwili Junction to Danycoed on both days.
  • Sentinel steam wagon “Typhoo” on display (in steam) at Bronwydd Arms. It will also make occasional demonstration runs on the A484 between Bronwydd Arms and Conwil, pacing the passenger trains through the valley.
  • “Echoes of Graig Merthyr”: a photographic opportunity (all welcome – no prebooking necessary) with “Welsh Guardsman” on Saturday early evening at Bronwydd Arms (approx.5pm onwards). The loco will work a series of ‘run pasts’ through the station on a demonstration goods, carrying the wreath and flags to recreate something of the spirit of the final run at Graig Merthyr.
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Steam” – a leisurely steam-hauled evening round trip on the Saturday night, celebrating the 75th birthday of “Welsh Guardsman”. Curry and rice will be served on board, and the bar will be open. £5 for food (on production of valid ticket for travel), no pre-booking necessary. 7pm ex Bronwydd Arms.

Further details to be announced in the coming days – including copies of both the public and working timetables. We hope to see you there!

Help fundraise for the Gwili from your armchair!

RAISE MONEY FOR THE GWILI RAILWAY
FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR!

Do you order Christmas presents on-line?
Do you book holidays, hotels or insurance on-line?

If you do, are you aware that you can earn a “commission” for the Gwili Railway simply by accessing retailers and service providers through easyfundraising.org.uk ?

If you haven’t used easyfundraising.org.uk before, simply log in to their website or app, and follow the simple instructions, putting “Gwili Railway” in the Get Started box.

Ordering goods or services is then quite simple. Each time, just log in to the easyfundraising website or app, choose your retailer or service provider from the available list, and their website will appear. (The majority of household names are there, but not all). Then you order as normal. You don’t have to be a GRPS member to do this, so please ask your friends and relatives to follow your example!

Thank you.

Confidentiality: You can browse and order in complete confidentiality. Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, the Gwili Railway is not allowed to know your personal details or what you’re ordering. The Railway is sent a periodic report which shows only a summary of orders, together with the number of persons using the service and the total of commission earned.

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/gwilirailway/

Food and drink trains on the Gwili Railway

Are you thinking of a new idea and place to go on a Saturday night?

The Gwili Railway can cater for your needs. Every Saturday during July 27th and August – 3rd, 10th and the 17th we run a Fish and Chip Supper and Ale train which can cater for small parties up to 30. There is a choice of fish and chips, pies, sausage and you will enjoy a scenic ride on our Heritage railcar diesel unit. We have a small bar and can cater for your drink requirements on request. Contact the office and book through our website on the link provided.

What’s on until the end of May?

Services this week and next…

Please check our website and Facebook for any changes to the advertised services. 

Wednesday service – please check before travel Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday Morning.

Thursday – 11.00 Welsh Elevenses and passenger services.

13.00 and 15.00 Strawberry Cream Tea and passenger services.

 

Saturday 25th May – Diesel Railcar

Sunday 25th until the 31st May – Steam and Cream Service on Thursday the 30th.

 

Saturday 1st June – Diesel Railcar.

Sunday 2nd June – Steam and Pistons 4×4 and Classic Bike Show.

www.gwili-railway.co.uk

4×4 & Classic Bike Show

4×4 & Classic Bike Show – STEAM & PISTONS – 2nd June  2019

Event Prices: Adult £14.00, Child £8.00,  Senior £12.00, Family £35.00, Dog £2.00
Trains Depart Bronwydd Arms: 11.00/13.00/15.00. Book by phone or online

Join us for the Gwili Railway annual 4×4 and Classic Bike Show. For this years event we have merged the two days to bring a varied choice of exhibitors to the railway. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for Best in Show, Custom, Classic and Specialist Vehicles and Bikes. Exhibitors enter FREE and travel on the trains at a discounted fare of £6.00. Entry forms can be downloaded or completed on the day.

Download your exhibitor entry form by clicking this link: 0951 4×4 Bike Show Entry Form

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT  Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Classic Transport Day 2019

CLASSIC STEAM & TRANSPORT DAY 2019 

Event Prices: Adult £14.00, Child £8.00,
Senior £12.00, Family £35.00, Dog £2.00

Enjoy an Intensive Hourly Service
Steam: 11.00/13.00/15.00
Diesel: 10.00/12.00/14.00/16.00

Join us for the Gwili Railway annual Classic Transport Day Show. Enjoy a day visiting the show field packed with classic vehicles and travelling on our steam and diesel trains. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Classic, Custom,  Specialist Vehicles and Motorcycles. Exhibitors enter FREE and enjoy discounted  travel for £6.00. Entry forms can be downloaded or completed on the day.

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT  Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]

Download your exhibitor entry form by clicking this link: 0967 CTS Registration Form

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

New addition to the Gwili Railway Locomotive fleet arrives early February

Gwili newsflash…

Watch out for our latest visiting locomotive Jennifer, she will be used for selected dates at the Gwili Railway for the 2019 season. The hauliers will set off today and arrive early tomorrow morning. Watch out for her coming through Carmarthen. But get up early!

Jennifer will be used as a second locomotive whilst the Motor Power Department do the maintenance and servicing on Moorbarrow. The Welsh Guardsman (pictured with Jennifer) will be used for the majority of our streaming’s as normal.

Pictured are:
Welsh Guardsman and GWR Pannier tack 6430, with Autocoach W 228 W on loan from Llangollen Railway. The locomotives meet at Llwyfan Cerrig – September 3rd 2004.

The popular taster steam driver experience day’s are back!

TASTER STEAM FOOTPLATE ADVENTURE

We are pleased to announce due to the popularity and amount of vouchers booked from last year that we have changed two of our full driver experience days to the simpler taster day’s. This event is for those enthusiasts who want a much simpler experience.

Now’s your chance! During your time on the footplate you’ll be in control of a heritage steam locomotive which is over 60 years old. Feel the power and smell the burning coal whilst you trundle up the line. During the Taster Experience you’ll get turns at driving and firing the locomotive alongside experienced crew.

During the taster day you will be able to visit the Signal Box to see how the trains are controlled and ask the signalman any questions you may have. There are 3 time slots available for the taster day when booking your ticket.

*Every Taster Steam Footplate Adventure booked includes train travel for 2 guests who can ride in the train while you are on the footplate.

*Subject to availability of a coach and guard, otherwise guests and family will watch from the platform and signal box.

The Railway will be closed to the general public but light refreshments; Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be arranged for customers and their guests.

This is an ideal introduction to driving a steam locomotive. For those that want more time on the footplate and the chance to learn more about operating a country branch line, take a look at our full day driver experience.

Pre-booking recommended. Please select one of the times below and arrive at the Railway one hour before departure time to allow time for the Welcome and Safety Briefing.

Trains depart Bronwydd Arms Station: 11.00/13.00/15.00 on the 18th May and the 5th October.

Price: £95 per person (with up to 2 family or friends)

The Taster Steam Footplate Adventure makes an ideal birthday present or treat for a special celebration. Open to over 18s. If you or the person coming on the Taster Steam Footplate Adventure have any physical restrictions, please let us know at least 7 days in advance.

Can you solve the murder on the railway?

Help solve the murder on the Gwili Railway Murder Express! Book your Murder Mystery today…

Murder Mystery Dining Trains – ‘Who Dunnit?’
 
On our special Murder Mystery Dining Evenings, join the super-sleuths and help solve the murder mystery on the Gwili Railway Murder Express. Relax and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a four-course meal and drinks from the bar. But beware, things that go bump in the night might not be just the engine coupling up to the coaches!

Hurry book online today, there only 18 dining places left for this spectacular event!

 
MURDER MYSTERY TRAIN DATES: February 16th (NEW) & October 26th
Adult £50.00, Child £20.00, Empty Seat £10.00 (Ticket price includes train fare).
 
Online or phone bookings welcome Seating is arranged in tables of four. However if you prefer a table for two please contact us and pay for empty seats at time of booking. Visit the ‘What’s On’ page of our website to book.
 
Please advise us in advance of food allergies and intolerances. Vegetarian options available. Your food choices will be emailed with your booking. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early for a 7.30 departure.
 
www.gwili-railway.co.uk
Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]
 
The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.
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New dates added to our Murder Mystery Evening Dining Trains

Murder Mystery Evening Dining Trains – ‘Who Dunnit?’ 

On our special Murder Mystery Evenings, join the super-sleuths and help solve the murder mystery on the Gwili Railway Murder Express. Relax and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a four-course meal and drinks from the bar. But beware, things that go bump in the night
might not be just the engine coupling up to the coaches!

MURDER MYSTERY DINING TRAIN DATES:
February 16th (NEW) & October 26th

Adult £50.00, Child £20.00, Empty Seat £10.00
(Ticket price includes train fare)
Online Pre-booking advised

Seating is arranged in tables of four. However if you prefer a table for two please contact us and pay for empty seats at time of booking. 

Please advise us in advance of food allergies and intolerances. Vegetarian options available.

Your food choices will be emailed with your booking. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early for a 7.30 departure.

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT 

Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions.

A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

NEW – 11.00am Welsh Elevenses Dining Trains available to book now for 2019

Welsh Elevenses on the Gwili Railway Dining Trains

Welsh Elevenses Dining Train Dates: Every Thursday during: April, May, June, July,
August, September and October. *Every Thursday and Friday during July and August

Adult £16.00, Seniors £15.00, Child £10.00 (All prices include standard train fare)
Departure Times: 11.00, Cream Teas 13.00/15.00Online Pre-booking advised.

Treat yourself to a 11.00 Welsh Elevenses aboard our vintage steam train at the Gwili Steam Railway.

Our elevenses on the train will remind you of those genteel days when the pace of life was more relaxed. Go on, treat yourself!

Your elevenses includes Bara Brith, Welsh Cakes and loose leaf Welsh Brew Tea.

Please advise us in advance of food allergies and intolerances.

https://gwili-railway.co.uk/whats-on/
Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT
Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions.

A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Our 2019 Sunday Lunch Dates are filling up fast, book soon…

Celebrate the new year by booking your Sunday Lunch today.

Sunday Lunch Steam Dining Trains

Sunday Lunch Dining Dates: March 3rd, 31st, April 28th, May 19th, June 16th, July 7th, September 15th and October 6th

Adult £35.00, Child £20.00, Empty Seat £15.00*
(All prices include standard train fare, the empty seat charge applies when a party of two wish to dine on a  table alone,
all tables are based on a table booking for 4 diners.)

Please advise us in advance of food allergies and intolerances.Vegetarian option available.  Your food choices will be emailed with your booking. Please arrive 30 minutes early for a 12.00 departure.

Enjoy a four course traditional Sunday lunch aboard our steam hauled vintage dining set including dining car and bar coach. The steam train takes a leisurely trip up and down the line whilst you relax and enjoy table service from our friendly Dining Train Crew. A truly delightful way to catch up with family and friends.

www.gwili-railway.co.uk/whats-0n

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT  Tel: 01267 238213 email – [email protected]

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Strawberry Cream Tea 2019 dates now available to book online

 

Strawberry Cream Tea Steam Dining Trains

STRAWBERRY CREAM TEA DINING TRAIN DATES:

Every Thursday during: April, May, June, July, August, September and October. Every Thursday and Friday during July and August

Adult £18.00, Seniors £17.00, Child £11.00 (All prices include standard train fare). Online Pre-booking advised, departure times 13.00/15.00, Welsh Elevenses 11.00.

Please advise us in advance of food allergies and intolerances.

Treat yourself to a Strawberry Cream Tea aboard our vintage steam train at the Gwili Steam Railway. Our cream teas on the train will remind you of those genteel days when the pace of life was more relaxed. Go on, treat yourself! Your cream tea includes two large scones, Welsh butter, locally sourced preserves and clotted cream. 

www.gwili-railway.co.uk/whats-0n

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT 

Tel: 01267 238213

email – [email protected]

The Gwili Railway can accept no liability for failure to operate advertised services or attractions. A Diesel locomotive may have to be substituted for steam locomotive at short notice for operational reasons. Information correct at time of going to print.

Who you gonna call ‘Ghostbusters!’

Gwili Steam Railway Ghost Express News
VIP announcement…
Due to popular demand the famous cosplay actor Dyfrig Griffiths, AKA the Carmarthen Ghostbuster will be appearing live at the Gwili Railway on the 31st October.
 
The Ghostbusting team will be on the train at 3.00pm, 6.30pm and 8.00pm. He will be using his Ghostbuster kit to hunt the spooky train ghosts for your entertainment. Scott will be taking photos to share on Facebook so book your trains now.
 
Visit the ‘What’s on’ page to book, click on the 31st October dates and choose your train. We will be serving hot food, hot and cold drinks inc Double Dragon in the bar. The trains will be dressed in spooky themes and at Llwyfan with pumpkins galore and dunking for apples included!
At Llwyfan Cerrig we will be open with trick or treats for the children, prizes for best costumes and Loop Lews live magician all day and evening. Enjoy the pictorial highlights from last years 1st event. Come along and make it a spooky night of fun and games. There will also be a pre-christmas toy sale, £3.00 each or two for £5.00, bag a bargain and stock up early for Christmas.
 
Werewolves welcome but not in the dining coach unless they turn back into a assisted dog or guide dog.

https://gwili-railway.co.uk/product-category/ghost-express/

Olwen a rebuilt story

Olwen rebuild update
Work on the frames is progressing at a pace finally. All old paint and filth being removed back to bare metal and degreased then as weather permits is receiving a coat of red oxide. Parts of the motion and the connecting rods being removed, cleaned and a coat of red oxide applied. Motion bearings are being cleaned and examined and measured to see if any machining is required.
 
A few places on the running board have been identified as being rotted and need cutting out and replacing. A couple of regular volunteers are slowly working through the pile of Olwen parts that have been gathered up, and are being cleaned, wire brushed and given a coat of red oxide. No more work will be undertaken on the boiler until the rest of the Loco is almost ready for re assembly. If we complete the boiler and have it tested then the 10 yearly ticket will gradually tick away without getting any use out of it. Donations of Red Oxide and Paint brushes always required.
 
Tony Smith has taken over as Co-ordinator of this project. Anyone wishing to assist getting Olwen back into steam, please contact Tony or Steven.
 
Steven Caws MPD/Director

Dan Do Shed Appeal makes a breakthrough

DAN DO SHED APPEAL BREAKING NEWS…
 
Saturday 30th September saw contractor Robert Jervis clear away vegetation as part of the work to determine the exact position of an underground water main. Although comparatively only a small job, it was significant as it was the first physical work to be done in association with building the Abergwili Junction Carriage Shed.
 
SHED NEWS UPDATE
 
A comprehensive and compelling submission was completed by a small team and forwarded to the Welsh Assembly Government by the stated deadline of 14th September. A decision is now awaited as to whether a grant of £128,000 will be awarded to the project.
 
This, coupled with the sums raised to date (over 40k) and our promise of pound-for-pound match funding by a sponsor (you do the maths!) will go a considerable way to ensuring we have a suitable storage and display facility for our important rolling stock at Abergwili Junction, commencing the second phase of our development of the site.
 
Grant for improving Tourism sites
The Grant Fund applied for is specifically for the purpose of improving existing tourism sites, so the aims and objectives of Dan Do are wholly compatible with this. When we were informed of the stage one pass to the application in July, it was known we only had a short time to complete the application form for stage two. Thankfully much of the work done previously in branding and launching the project has assisted on this occasion. Passenger survey carried out To ensure we could evidence need, a passenger survey was initiated with over 100 replies received. Pleasingly, over 99% of respondents’ confirmed they would make a return visit to the Gwili Railway if Dan Do was open. The results of the survey also highlighted the age ranges of our visitors, and that we have both day trippers and holiday-makers who come to see us, with more of the former in August and more of the latter in September.
 
Letters of Support received
We also sought letters of support from key partners, and it is pleasing to report we had many positive responses from some significant or-ganisations including the National Railway Museum; Transport Trust; Heritage Railway Association; National Museum of Wales; Carmarthen County Council; Carmarthen Town Council and Carmarthen Tourism Association.
 
The support of these bodies we hope will also be a key factor in our vision of a “Welsh” railway museum, something that currently does not exist in South Wales and is (we be-lieve) a gap in the tourism market.
 
Business Plan
As well as promoting the project externally to passengers and or-ganisations, we had to focus on the internal mechanics. The Company’s business plan has been revised and re-incorporated and a marketing plan specific to Project Dan Do has been produced.
 
Thank you
On behalf of the Board can I thank all those who have helped whether by chasing letters of support, handing out survey forms, proof reading documents and general promotion of the project, your assistance is greatly appreciated.
 
Nothing guaranteed
So what are our chances? Nothing is guaranteed but aside from the vision of a “Welsh” railway museum, we already hold some key partnerships, not least with the National Railway Museum and the loan of Taff Vale Railway 28. The Gwili Vintage Carriage Group collection also offers further display items and we are negotiating with the National Museum of Wales to see if any of their items can also be displayed. Therefore we believe that we have made a compelling a case as possible, and combined with the availability of match funding and planning permission, should all count in favour of the project.
 
We now await the result of the submission, which should be known by the end of the year. If all goes to plan then work on site could start before Christmas this year.
 

Help the Gwili Railway preserve the last surviving Welsh built standard gauge steam locomotive.

TAFF VALE NUMBER 28

Taff Vale locomotive number 28 is the only surviving member of the 01 Class. It is also the only surviving standard gauge locomotive designed and built in Wales. After service with the Taff Vale and Great Western Railways, it moved into military service and then onto the coalfields of County Durham before being retired. The locomotive now forms part of the national collection of historically important locomotives, owned by the National Railway Museum in York.  

After restoration in Caerphilly in the 1980s and having work carried out at the Dean Forest and Llangollen Railways, number 28 is now based on the Gwili Railway. Work has now started on its conservation with a view to full restoration. 

It is intended to return the locomotive to its original Taff Vale condition, but significant work is required on the boiler, tanks and bunker as well as replacing missing components. The team currently meets once a month at the Gwili Railway. Any help is greatly appreciated, if you would like to become involved in this interesting project please contact us on the number below.

Any financial donations can be made to the Gwili Vintage Carriage Group and will help us get number 28 in steam once more.

We can be contacted through our Facebook page @gvcguk, email: [email protected] or by telephone: 07961 940651

Contact us at C/O Gwili Railway: Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT

Help shape the future of the Dan Do Carriage Museum Shed

We need your help by filling out this questionnaire to help us unlock grants available for the development, shed and museums. Your information will only be used to prove to our benefactors that the shed and museum facility is a worthwhile attraction to our visitors, supporters, volunteers and staff.

Download your survey here…

Dan Do Museum questionnaire

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO OUR POPULAR SANTA’S MAGICAL STEAM TRAINS*

Fill out the questionnaire and return to the guard or our shop assistants. One of our directors will pick a winner on
3rd November 2018. Winners will be announced on our website and facebook.

*The ticket allows 2 adults and 2 children to travel on their chosen day to see Santa.

Taff Vale No. 28 work update

The Gwili Railway and Taff Vale Vintage Carriage Group need your help and support…

Can you spare your time, expertise or even a donation to help us restore this important engine for the benefit of the railway?

Taff Vale Railway No.28

Workday update: On Saturday we gave the loco a jet wash down and a clean all over. While up there we noticed the cab roof was unpainted so gave it a wire brush down and a coat of primer. In the afternoon we sorted out the slidebars and marked them all up. We also got one con-rod out and cleaned and primed.

Join us every Saturday at Llwyfan Cerrig to help restore and join in the fun. Refreshments provided. More information can be found on the dedicated website. https://gvcg.co.uk

2018 Classic Car Show Winners

Gwili Railway Classic Transport Day – 15th July
This year saw a record number of entrants to our annual Classic Vehicle Show at the Gwili Steam Railway. The prizes for best in show were produce don welsh slate with a image of Welsh Guardsman.
The winners are pictured receiving their prizes with Jeremy John show organiser.
  • 2018 Best in show – Darraq vintage car, Johnny Thomas
  • Best in show Classic Car – Daimler Dart, Anthony Summers
  • Best in show Commercial Vehicle – Pembroke Coach Works Bedford Van, Haydn Bateman
  • Best in show Classic Bike – Douglas, I Smith
  • Best in show 4×4 – Land Rover Police Shawland MK1 armoured patrol car SB300, Clive Elliott
  • Best in show Custom – Ford Mexico Custom, Cliff Mann
  • Best in show Tractor – Massey Ferguson, Graham Baker
Thank you to all who attended with their classic cars, motorcycles, vans and 4x4s. A sunny and fun filled day of steam trains and vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Our next show will be our 4×4 SUV show held on the 27th August – you can enter your vehicle by contacting the office on 01267 238213.
 
Photography by Scott Artus © 2018

Volunteers raise £96 to help the Dan Do Shed Appeal

 

Dan Do Shed Appeal Charity Car Wash at the Plough Hotel Rhosmaen
 
The Gwili Railway and their volunteers who attended the Charity Car Wash would like to thank the Plough Hotel Rhosmaen and their staff and customers. Scott Artus, wife Sarah, Dewi Jones, Mike Sarsfield, Dyfan, Christine and Dave Harrison were the Gwili crew washing the cars and talking to customers about the railway and the shed appeal. The team turned up on Sunday armed with their Jet Wash, buckets and sponges and primed ready to clean the cars of the Plough Hotel Sunday Dinner customers. We managed to clean 19 cars in four hours raising £96 pounds for the shed appeal. With a combined age of 340 and aching arms the team soaped, wiped and jet washed their way into the hearts of the loyal Plough visitors.
 
We now look forward to the next fundraiser in November when we can help raise the next stage of funding for our shed appeal with the kind help of the Plough and Andrews team.
You can still donate to the shed appeal through the fundraiser website…
Help us unlock the funding pledges by donating to the project – Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gwili-shedappeal  For a more information or a appeal brochure you can email the railway or telephone us on 01267 238213.

Friday 2nd November Charity Fundraiser
What’s on at the Plough Hotel Rhosmaen, Llandeilo:

  • Help Gwili Railway raise funds for their new vintage carriage shed
  • 2 course hot buffet starts at 7.00pm
  • Close up magic with Loopy Lews, cabaret entertainment and dancing until late
  • Charity raffle and auction
  • Tickets at £20 per guest, purchase direct from the Plough Hotel

Call today to book the Plough: 01558 823431
The Plough Hotel Rhosmaen Llandeilo SA19 6NP www.ploughrhosmaen.com
@theploughwales

Building on the future of the Gwili Railway’s Heritage Carriage Shed Appeal – Help Us raise £150,000+

With the opening of the new Abergwili Junction extension, the Gwili Railway is now embarking on the next exciting phase of development. Like many heritage lines, the Gwili Railway makes use of the standard British Railways Mark 1 carriages. A storage facility is badly needed to protect them from the worst of the Welsh weather. The new shed will hold four Mark 1 carriages on each road.

We have several historic items of stock which relate to Wales. The public display of such vehicles and artefacts is seen as essential in informing and educating our visitors. The carriage shed will allow us to obtain further historic Welsh carriages for display and create a educational classroom facility. Potential funding partners are fully supportive of a building with an emphasis on display, education and storage.  The full cost of the proposed building will be £300,000 and we have informal pledges of over half this amount provided we can raise the remainder. We are therefore looking to raise a further £150,000 to complete the funding package and to allow construction to begin. Just Giving is the easiest way for you to donate online, cheques can be sent to the railway by post.

Tell us your stories about your visit to the railway

Do you enjoy taking photographs when you visit the railway?

If you do email your stories about your experience and we will feature them on our news section. Fun, informative and positive memories help us engage with the public.

Do you have old photographs and memories of the Gwili Railway?

We would love to show our visitors and railway fans stories and photographs from the past. If you have any stories or photographs email to us and we will feature them here on our news section.

Email [email protected]

Please attach a his resolution photograph as a jpg and your name and contact details. If you have print that you wish to post please include a self stamped address envelope so we can return the photograph. Alternatively tag us into your post on Facebook.

We may also feature your thoughts and stories in our bi-annual messenger magazine that goes out to our members, volunteers, GRPS shareholders and public.

Leaving a lasting legacy to help the railway

Leaving a Legacy to the Gwili Railway

The main objective of the Gwili Railway is to rebuild as much as possible of the railway between the two towns of Carmarthen and Llanpumsaint. The railway is always grateful for and benefits greatly from gifts and legacies received, however small. In recent years these gifts have enabled a range of projects to completed.

Making a will is the most secure way of planning for the future and leaving a gift towards a cause you believe in as well as providing a tangible memorial to your support. Although the writing of a will does need to be carefully considered, it is neither difficult nor time-consuming. However, as your will once properly signed and witnessed will be an important legal document, we strongly recommend you ask a solicitor or other regulated professional to prepare it, to ensure that it is valid and gives effect to your wishes.

It is the Gwili Railways firm policy to honour and respect specific bequests.

Any enquiry will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Please be reassured that legacies and bequests are not spent on administration or the day-to-day operation of the Trust or Railway.

General Purpose gifts and legacies are always welcome.

Gifts of Specific Items:

Should you bequeath an item or a collection, please include the additional following wording: “I give to the Gwili Railway [describe item or collection in full] for the general purpose of the railway and I authorise my executors to pay the costs of transport of the item to Gwili Railway Bronwydd Arms Station and any related costs.”

Gifts for Specific Purposes: If gifts of specific sums or residue are to be for a specific purpose, the following wording should be added:”…and I express the wish that if possible this gift shall be used by the railway.”

AMENDING YOUR WILL BY CODICIL

If you have already made a Will but wish to add a new bequest to the Gwili Railway you can amend your current Will without making a new one by making a Codicil.

Example wording for a Codicil:

In addition to any legacies given by my said Will I give to the Gwili Railway ltd of Bronwydd Arms Station, Bronwydd, Carmarthen SA33 6HT, the sum of £…………… (or specific item(s) to be given) to be used for its general charitable purposes and I declare the receipt of their Treasurer or other authorised officer shall be full and sufficient discharge. In all other respects I confirm my said Will and any other codicils thereto.

In witness whereof I have set my hand this…….day of……….20….

presence of us who at his/her request in his/her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Signature of witness:

Name:

Address:

I………… of ………….. declare this to be a first/second (++) codicil to my Will dated………………

++ insert number as appropriate

COMMEMORATION

The Gwili Railway will treat all bequests with respect and appreciation. A memorial book will be kept for future remembrance unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.

We will be happy to consider providing a suitably worded plaque to mark a commemorative gift or bequest. Such plaques can be displayed in a suitable location.

LIFETIME GIFTS

Some people like to make charitable gifts during their lifetime so that they can see the effect of their donations. The Gwili Railway always has a number of specific projects in progress at any one time. We welcome gifts for specific projects and our Chairman is always happy to discuss particular requirements with donors and their advisers.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to discuss this in confidence with someone from the Gwili Railway, please contact our Chairman Robert Voyle by email [email protected]

Ways you can help us today

The Gwili Railway has a number of ways in which contributions can be made. The intention and preferences of the contribution will be respected as far as reasonably possible.

Share donations – A regular payment aimed at the vital planning and enabling work to extend the railway.

Please donate to the Railway (£10 per share donation), make cheques payable to the Gwili Railway.
Or simply make a donation or a regular bankers order:
Please pay – The National Westminster Bank, 35 Green Street, Neath SA11 1DB Sort Code 54-10-19
for the credit of the Gwili Railway Company Ltd; Account Number No. 11512628.

Reserved for the construction and maintenance of our very splendid Heritage Carriages.

Help us unlock the funding pledges by donating to the project.

Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gwili-shedappeal

JOIN OR DONATE TO THE GRPS:

Volunteering – Helping out at Gwili Railway by promoting the railway, helping to raise awareness and encouraging others to join us as members. Donations and GRPS membership can be done by;

Adult; 1 Year £18, 5 Years £90

Joint: 1 Year £24, 5 Years £120

Family: 1 Year £26, 5 Years £130

Student: £7.50

Please make cheques payable to “GRPS”  and send your details and your payment to: Membership Secretary, Gwili Railway Preservation Society, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen, SA33 6HT.

By bank transfer to: Sort Code: 090154  A/C No: 74534006

Purchasing tickets online and travelling on the trains

Help our ticket office and guards by following these simple guidelines before you travel…

When you book online please ensure you bring a printed receipt of purchase when you arrive at the ticket office. This helps the volunteers and staff who run the ticket office.

Not all volunteers have access to the online booking system for GDPR and security reasons. We always ask to check your ticket or proof of purchase. Therefore to speed up the ticket checking process please bring a print out of your online booking when you travel.

 

Always check the website or Facebook before you travel

Service changes at the railway and how we contact you…

We sometimes do have to close the railway for various reasons. It may be operational or because of a service change or private booking. We will always notify customers, volunteers and staff no later than 1.00pm the day before. Updates may appear as a scrolling banner, Facebook post or by shutting down the online booking for that day. We are a volunteer supported railway and sometimes we cannot always ensure we have enough rostered staff to drive the trains, guard the carriages or operate the signal box. All of these are safety critical posts. Therefore to avoid disappointment please follow the guidelines below:

Before you travel to the railway please visit the website or Facebook page to check for service changes. Please call 01267 238213 no later than 4.00pm the day before you travel.

How we handle your data

This privacy policy sets out how Gwili Railway uses and protects any information that you might send us when you use this website. We believe that your privacy and your data are important and we’re committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. If you provide us with information by which you can be identified when using this website, then we promise that it will only be used as we describe in this privacy statement. The policy sets out:

  • What information we collect from you
  • How we keep it
  • Why we collect it
  • How we use it
  • Your rights

What information do we collect from you?

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk. This includes information you might provide at the time of registering to use certain elements of our site, subscribing to services, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you enter a competition or promotion managed by Gwili Railway, or when you report a problem with our site;
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence;
  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them;
  • You can access and browse our website site without disclosing personal information. We collect standard Internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns to help us identify things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone.
  • The content of emails that you have sent or received.

How we keep it

We really are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to secure and safeguard information we collect online.

We do not store credit card details and we do not share customer details with any 3rd parties.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Why we collect it

We use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you (where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes
  • To carry out our obligations associated with any contract entered into between you and us to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
  • To improve our website

If you do not want us to use your data in these ways, please contact us.

Disclosure of your information

We only share your data with other parties where strictly necessary. We may disclose your information to third parties:

  • Where necessary to fulfil our obligations associated with any contract entered into you between you and us
  • To enable us to provide maintenance, engineering or troubleshooting services to you in connection with goods or services supplied to you
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use or terms and conditions of supply and other agreements
  • To protect the rights, property, or safety of Gwili Railway, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

We will never sell, trade, or rent your personal information with other companies.

Your rights

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. If you do not want us to use your data in this way, please contact us.

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to access information held about you. You can find out what information we hold about you by making a Subject Access Request under the Act. If we hold personal information about you we will give you a description of it, tell you why we are holding it and let you have a copy of it.

If any of the personal information that we hold about you is incorrect or needs updating, or if you want us to delete any personal information, please contact us. We may request that you provide further information and identification to enable us to comply with this request.

Third party links on our website

Our site may contain links to and from the websites of our partner, customers and other third parties. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please be aware that these websites will have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.

Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Acceptance of our policy

By using this website, you signify your acceptance of our privacy policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this website. Your continued use of the site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us.

How we use cookies

Our website may use “cookies” to enhance the user experience. Web browsers places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and to sometimes track information about users. You can choose to set your web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you do this, please note that some parts of our site may not work properly.

Classic Vehicle Shows – Application Form

2018 is the year for classic vehicle shows at the Gwili Steam Railway. Following on from the success of our annual Classic Vehicle Day (held every second Sunday in July) 15th July we will also be holding a Classic Bike Show on the 2nd and 3rd of June and a 4×4 SUV Classic Vehicle Show on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Exhibitors can travel at a discounted rate of £6.00, entry into the competitions will be free with gifts entrants and prizes for best in show. Visitors will pay the standard fare which includes our view and travel entry. The tickets cover travel for all day so you can see the show and travel ups and down the line.

Join us for our yearly exhibitions of Steam locomotives and traction engines, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Buses, 4x4s, Commercial Vehicles, Display Engines and Agricultural vehicles.

View & Travel Prices*:
See the what’s on section of the website and Facebook for details, pricing and how to enter. Exhibitors can contact the office for entry forms.

Facebook: @TheGwiliSteamRailway

Standard TRAVEL Fares:
Adult £12.00, Senior £11.00, Family £31.50, Child £6.00 (3-15 yr), Dogs £2.00

*Exhibitors only pay: £6.00
Trains Depart: 11.00/13.00/15.00

Application form

Vehicle Show Application Form

Classic Bike Show

Bike show – click here

Car Show Page

Classic Car show – click here

4×4 Show Page

4×4 SUV show – click here

Pitch fees for trade stands are available for a fee of £25.00, contact the office for details.

Classic Car Competition

  • Vehicle Details

Gwili Railway launches 2019 calendar

Gwili Railway launches first calendar New for all railway photography fans…

We are pleased to announce our new 2019 calendar which will be available for sale in our shop. The calendar features photographs taken by our photographer Scott Artus. The seasonal scenes of steam and diesel locomotive photographs were taken during our 2016-2017 season. This is the perfect railway enthusiast gift.

A collectible gift – with photographs you can trim and frame

If you catch Scott on the railway he’ll even sign your limited edition copy.The first edition print run is limited to 250. The retail price will be £3.99 in-store.

Gwili Railway – Dan Do Shed Appeal £50,000 raised so far! Help us raise the remaining £100,000

Carriage Shed Appeal

With the opening of the new Abergwili Junction extension, the Gwili Railway is now embarking on the next exciting phase of development. Like many heritage lines, the Gwili Railway makes use of the standard British Railways Mark 1 carriages.  A storage facility is badly needed to protect them from the worst of the Welsh weather.  The new shed will hold four Mark 1 carriages on each road.

We have several historic items of stock which relate to Wales. The public display of such vehicles and artefacts is seen as essential in informing and educating our visitors. The carriage shed will allow us to obtain further historic Welsh carriages for display and create a educational classroom facility. Potential funding partners are fully supportive of a building with an emphasis on display, education and storage. The full cost of the proposed building will be £300,000 and we have informal pledges of over half this amount provided we can raise the remainder.

We are therefore looking to raise a further £100,000 (we have raised 50k so far) to complete the funding package and to allow construction to begin. Just Giving is the easiest way for you to donate online, cheques can be sent to the railway by post.

Help us unlock the funding pledges by donating to the project – click here to donate direct 

Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gwili-shedappeal

For a more information or a appeal brochure you can email the railway [email protected] or phone 01267 238213. www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Little Lady arrives at Bronwydd #ThrowbackThursday

On 11th December 1977, Peckett 0-4-0ST No.1903 “Little Lady” becomes the first loco to arrive at Bronwydd Arms in the preservation era.

Little Lady being unloaded from a trailer

Built in Bristol in 1936, the locomotive originally worked for the South Wales Public Wharf & Transit Company in Penarth. It never steamed at the Gwili, and subsequently moved onto the Chasewater Railway.

In 2007 it moved to Chatham Historic Dockyard, where it returned to steam in 2010 – and can still be seen today.

2018 sees the 40th anniversary of the Gwili Railway in the preservation era. Throughout the year, we’ll be looking back through our archives – to find pictures from the preservation era. Look out for more, coming soon… #throwbackthursday #gwili40