The Santa’s Magical Steam Trains are nearly full, book now to avoid disappointment

Santa's Magical Steam Trains - 24th December 2018 - 13:30

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains, last chance to book…
There are a limited number of seats remaining on these dates for the last two weekends;
15th December – 12.55, 14.40, 15.15
16th December – 10.00, 14.40, 15.15
22nd December – 10.00, 10.35, 11.45, 12.20, 12.55, 13.30
23rd December – 12.20, 12.55, 13.30, 14.05, 14.40, 15.15
24th December – 10.5, 11.45, 12.20, 13.30
Please book early to avoid disappointment. Walk-ons may no longer be possible.

Walk-ins welcome for our Santa’s Magical Steam Trains

Santa’s Magical Steam Trains

Every ticket you purchase helps keep our volunteer led railway running through to the spring, helps us preserve our railway for future generations.
 
If it’s rainy outside and you want to get in the festive spirit our staff and volunteers will make your Sunday special. Visit us tomorrow for a ride on our Santa’s Magical Steam Trains.
 
Our grotto is larger and improved to make your visit a relaxed and enjoyable day.
 
There’s no rush, plenty to enjoy including, face painting, live magician, Dave’s Magical keyboard, bouncy castle, kiddies drawing corner. Mince Pies, Sherry (for adults) plus a children’s goodie bag with drink and treat inside.
 
Great food from 24 Carrot Events and our vintage tea rooms. Plus: a great nostalgic steam train ride (think Polar Express/Harry Potter) and visit to Santa with a lovely Christmas present for each child.
 
Book online at www.gwili-railway.co.uk or phone the office tomorrow for next weekends train on 01267 238213. Walk-ins welcome tomorrow and next weekend.
 
Tickets cost: Adult £12.95, Child 1-15 £9.50, Infant £6.00. Bring your dog with reindeer antlers £2.00!
Santa's Magical Steam Trains - 24th December 2018 - 13:30

Storm Callum update

Service update 27th October
We are pleased to announce we will be running our normal full steam service from 27th October – 4th November. Day trains run 11.00/13.00/15.00, Halloween evening service 18.30/20.00. Curry Train 3rd November 18.30. Murder mystery train please arrive by 18.30 for 19.30 departure. The last cream tea service of the season will run on the 1st November.
 
Telephone 01267 238213
Website: https://gwili-railway.co.uk
Facebook: @TheGwiliSteamRailway

Extra steam dates added for October and November season

Diesel Railcar withdrawn for repairs in October.

We have therefore changed our advertised services on the last October and November weekends for 2018. This will mean more help and support will be required by our volunteers and staff to crew the steam locomotives. A double crew is also needed to man the day and evening dining trains on the 27th October and 3rd November.

We are therefore pleased for our passengers who enjoy steam to be able to book these extra services.

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.
 

3rd November, Evening Curry Train – book now limited spaces

Full steam ahead for the annual Gwili Railway Evening Curry Train

The train will depart at 7.00pm (arrive for 6.30pm) and travel through the Carmarthenshire countryside by night. The train will not visit Abergwili due to operational night reasons. Curry is self service with a choice of 3 types to hot curry as well as a vegetarian option. Served with rice and Onion Bhaji. Book today as their are limited spaces of 34 for public. The volunteers and GRPS please book through the office.

End of season Curry night:
Saturday November 3rd
  • Three courses
  • £20 incl train fare
  • Arrive by 18.30
  • Train leaves at 19.00
  • Entertainment
  • Bingo, quiz and more.
  • Limited availability.

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

New Christmas cards arriving soon

Gwili Railway Christmas Card Competition update…
Featured in the photograph are last years winners to give you some inspiration. It’s never too early to get in the festive spirit. The winning cards are going to print next week and will be available to buy from our shop soon.

Card design 1: Marysia, Y2 Penygaer School Llanelli. 
Card design 2: Willow, Y2 Burry Port Primary School. 
Card design 3: Izzy, BL6 Ysgol Peniel. 
Card design 4: Caitlin, Y5 Craig Cefn Parc School. 
Card design 5: Dafydd, Canolfan Elfed Queen Elizabeth High School.

Plus we still have some of the cards illustrated by our resident designer Scott Artus for sale in the shop 5 card pack for £5.00 all proceeds to the GRPS for fundraising activities. At the moment we are rebuilding our own steam engine called Olwen, after that we mov eon to Haulwen. So there will be a few surprises on the Gwili railway by 2020. Any donations to help the rebuild will be appreciated. Anyone who needs information or wants to help can contact our Director and Head of MPD Steve Caws.

Design a Christmas card competition

Gwili Christmas Card Competition – School Drawing Sessions

Does your primary school in West Wales, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Llandovery, and Brecon areas enjoy local artists coming into the school to show children how to draw?

Scott Artus our resident designer and illustrator is available to visit your school to reach children how to draw and design their christmas card competition entries. If you like us to visit, each child will receive a goodie bag and an day with Scott (Scott previously worked with primary schools in the Stockport for 10 years doing art and literacy projects). He also illustrated our famous book ‘Norris and Gertie Gobstopper on the Gwili Railway.

Contact the office on 01267 238213 to register your interest or email [email protected]

Spaces are limited so contact the office in September. Examples of Scott’s work can be found under his publishing name www.artuscreative.co.uk
Design A Christmas Card Competition
The Gwili Steam Railway are holding their 2nd annual Christmas Card Design Competition. Cards must feature the theme of trains and Santa. For dreads check out our photo gallery here, google or on our website.

WIN A SANTA’S MAGICAL STEAM TRAIN FAMILY TICKET*
There will be 3 prizes to be won of a Santa’s Magical Steam Train Family Ticket (2 + Adult and 2 + Children Max).  Winning card designs will be printed for our 2019 Christmas Season. All proceeds from card sales are used for the Gwili Railway Preservation Society fund raising projects.

Please post entries to Gwili Railway. Entries must be drawn no bigger than A4 in colour, (no cut out photo’s please) please ensure the child’s first name, school, form and home address are on the back*. Deadline for entries 18th November 2017

GDPR – How we use your data: We will only use your data to contact you for information/emergency 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.

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT Tel: 01267 238213

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.

Save 20% when you book online this Saturday and Sunday

Saturday and Sunday Diesel Offers
ONLINE VOUCHER CODES*
*Diesel Saturday Service Save 20%
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*Diesel Sunday Service Save 20%
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*These voucher codes are only applicable when you book online through our website. Offers cannot be used when purchasing tickets by phone or on the day in our ticket office.

Change to advertised services on the 12th August

We are sorry to announce we have changed our steam service on Sunday 12th August. We are now running our Heritage Railcar for operational reasons.

Board our Heritage Railcar Locomotive and carriages for a beautiful ride through the Carmarthenshire Countryside.

2 Car Scenic Explorer Heritage Railcar – DMBS W51347 and DMS W51401

DMS W51347 was withdrawn from British Rail service in 1993, as part of set L142. it was initially preserved at Mangapps Farm in Suffolk, before moving to the Colne Valley Railway in 1995. It then moved to the Nene Valley Railway in 1997, where it ran in BR blue and grey livery. It was moved to the Gwili railway in 2009 where it was repainted in BR green (with whiskers) in 2014.

DMS W51401 was withdrawn from BR service in April 1994 and preserved at the Battlefiled Railway in Market Bosworth. It moved to the Nene Valley Railway before moving again to the Gwili Railway in 2009 where it was repainted in BR green (with whiskers) in 2014 at the Llwyfan Carriage Workshops.

Both cars  (as well as centre car TCL 59508 – not in use today) are now owned by the Llanelli and District Railway Society (a Gwili Steam Railway Supporting Body). The first phase of restoration has been completed and over the next few years work is planned to reverse the interior condition from 1980s to a 1960s design.

The unit is in regular use on high days and low days, running throughout the summer season. It is used as the ‘Gwili Fryer’ special throughout July and August and also includes a full length bar (with dummy hand pump) in the brake area of DMBS W51347 using components from a closed Brecon Pub.

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 August – 11th/18th/25th 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.

https://gwili-railway.co.uk/product-category/dining/dining-gwili-fryer/

High Tea and Prosecco Steam Train 14th October – CANCELLED

Our last high tea train on the 14th of October has been withdrawn due to lack of demand, we apologise to any passengers who have booked, you can be transferred to our popular Strawberry Cream Tea or ask for a refund.

Summer services are back to normal after line side fire risk

Standard Timetables

When you book online please ensure you bring a printed receipt of purchase when you arrive at the ticket office.

Our steam service is running as normal during August, every Sunday-Friday the Heritage Railcar service will run every Saturday. 

Please call the office before you travel to check availability.

Gwili Railway standard timetable has departures leaving Bronwydd Arms at:

11.00   13.00   15.00

Our standard timetable is in operation on the following days in 2018:

February 17*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*, 25*
March 4*, 18*
April 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21*,25, 29
May 2, 9, 12, 13, 16, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30
June 1, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 7*, 9, 10, 11, 14*, 16, 17, 18, 21*, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28*, 29, 30, 31
August 1, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11*, 13, 14, 15, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25*, 26, 28, 29
September 1*, 2, 4, 5, 8*, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 22*, 23, 25, 26
October 3, 7*, 10, 13*, 14, 17, 20*, 21, 24, 27*, 28*, 29, 30
November 2, 3*, 4

* Denotes diesel 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.

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

HwylNos is back in August, book your tickets now!

Carmarthenshire Tourism Association’s new Hwyl Events will be held at a variety of fantastic locations – including historic houses, gardens, award-winning restaurants, working farms and the first will be held on our steam railway as it chugs along through stunning scenery!

Enjoy an evening of ‘Hwyl’ (fun) on the move – on the Gwili Railway. Enjoy authentic Welsh food and entertainment on a historic steam train as it travels through the countryside. A truly unique experience – and one not to be missed if you’re visiting Carmarthenshire and West Wales, or if you live locally.

The Event

Step back in time when you arrive at Bronwydd Station, the home of Gwili Railway – and be welcomed by the enchanting sounds of the harp being played. Then it will be time to be seated in the 1950s dining carriage ready for the train’s departure on its journey through the Carmarthenshire countryside.

Whilst the train travels slowly along its tracks, you’ll be treated to 3 courses of Welsh delights – beginning with a selection of Welsh canapes, followed by a hearty bowl of lamb cawl (the national dish of Wales), served with local bread and cheese, and ending with a delicious dessert. During the journey you’ll also enjoy an evening of entertainment, showcasing some great Welsh performers.

At this HwylNos evening, sit back and enjoy beautiful harp music performances from talented young harpist – Lucy Jones; be mesmeried by stories of Welsh myths, legends and folklore from professional storyteller, Carl Gough – and be entertained by the songs and voices of a local Choir.

An unique experience not to be missed.

So, whether you’re visiting or on holiday in the area and would like to discover more about the music and culture of Wales – or whether you live locally and would like to join in our celebrations – there will be a warm Welsh ‘croeso’ (welcome) awaiting you!

Tickets

Tickets are just £30 per person.  The ticket price includes a 4-hours long HwylNos event – with the journey on the Gwili Railway, a 3-course meal (a selection of Welsh canapes, a bowl of cawl served with local bread and cheese, followed by dessert) and the entertainment. Please email the railway your food choice quoting ticket number to [email protected]

A pay bar will be open on the train throughout the night, where you can buy a variety of soft and alcoholic drinks.

Members of Carmarthenshire Tourism Association can access a special rate for their visiting guests and customers.  Please contact them to find out more.

Changes to advertised services

CHANGES TO OUR ADVERTISED SERVICES DURING JULY-AUGUST

Due to the risk of line side fires on the advice of the Fire Brigade an emergency timetable is now in place. 

STEAM TRAIN SERVICES

Steam trains will now run between Bronwydd Arms and Abergwili, Tuesday to Friday only during July and August. 

HERITAGE RAILCAR DIESEL TRAIN SERVICES

Diesel Heritage Railcar services will run the full length of the line. Saturday, Sunday and Monday during July and August. 

Please call the office before you travel to check availability. 

The leaflets distributed between October 2017 – June 2018 are incorrect at time of going to press and do not reflect changes made recently.

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.

 

Celebrate Welsh food and culture on our dining train in July and August

Celebrating All Things Welsh with Hwyl Events

An exciting new visitor experience is coming to Carmarthenshire this Summer… Hwyl Events.  Visitors to Carmarthenshire and West Wales, as well as those of us living locally, can expect to see regular events being held throughout the County, which will bring to life the traditions and culture of Wales – with food, music, dance, storytelling, sport and most importantly, some ‘hwyl’ (fun).

You can book through the What’s On section – July 14th, this will take you to the external booking system.

Tickets are now on sale for the first two of these events. ‘HwylNos on the Gwili Railway’ on the evening of 14th July – where lucky guests will enjoy authentic Welsh food and entertainment on a historic steam train as it travels through the countryside.  And ‘HwylNos at Llety Cynin’ is on Friday 27th July, a relaxed evening of traditional Welsh food, dance, stories and music held on a working farm on the outskirts of St Clears.

Other locations for this summer’s Hwyl Events include Llanelly House, the Plough Inn at Rhosmaen and the National Botanic Garden of Wales – with full details on these coming very soon.  

Hwyl Events offer two types of events: ‘HwylNos’ which offers visitors an evening of top Welsh entertainment and food and ‘[email protected]’ designed for children to enjoy interactive Welsh experiences, from dancing workshops to storytelling walks at some of the County’s finest visitor attractions.

Nia Ball, Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire Tourism Association, who are behind these events said “We’re delighted to offer a new tourism product to visitors to South West Wales. We’ve received funding from the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund to get these established this year – and our aim is to offer regular events into future years, which showcase a true taste of Wales to our County’s visitors – and to hopefully help attract new visitors to our area too.” 

For more information on Hwyl Events and to book tickets for any of our events head to www.hwylevents.wales 

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.

Classic Transport Day 15th July

Don’t forget to register your classic vehicle or book online for our annual classic transport day.

CLASSIC TRANSPORT DAY: Sunday 15 July

Join us in July for our annual exhibition of Steam locomotives, traction engines, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Buses, 4x4s,Commercial Vehicles, Display Engines and Agricultural vehicles.  Prizes for best in show including: Best in show – Classic, Custom, Commercial, Bike, 4×4, Tractor.

4×4 SUV DAY: Monday 27 August

Join us in August for our annual exhibition of Steam locomotives, 4x4s, SUVs, Rally Cars and tractors. Prizes for best in show including: Best in show – Classic, Modified, Used and Abused, Land Rovers and Tractors.

View & Travel Prices*:
Entrants register for FREE with discounted travel on the trains – £6.00*. Register your vehicle online or by contacting the office.

Vehicle Show Application Form

Standard Fares:  Adult £12.00, Senior £11.00, Child £6.00, Dog £2.00, Family ticket £31.50 Trains depart: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00. 

Please arrive at least 1/2 an hour early as car parking is based in the show field opposite the main station. Entrants to the car and 4×4 event please arrive by 9.30am. Entrants to the competition will receive a wrist band and goodie bag. 

Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT

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 the time of going to print. 

Find us off the A484 – B4301, 3 miles north of Carmarthen.

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;
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  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them;
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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:

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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:

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

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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.

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

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Little Grandma’s Kitchen – Welsh Produce Award Winners

Gwili Railway – Welsh Food Festival 5-7 May 2018
Artisan Producer update…
 
Don’t get yourself in a pickle or jam enjoy our ward winning produce at the Gwili Welsh Food Festival.
 
Little Grandma’s Kitchen
Chutneys, marmalades, curds and preserves
Web: www.littlegrandmaskitchen.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlegrandmas.kitchen/
Twitter: @LGKitchen
 
Little Grandma’s Kitchen, Winner of the Welsh Produce of the Year in the Food Awards Wales 2018, is your one stop shop for all your artisan chutneys, curds, marmalades, preserves and our new range of fruit coulis. You can try all our products before you buy.

Eccentric Gin – Welsh Drink Artisans

Time for a nice G&T

The best in Welsh Gin Artisans will be appearing at the Gwili Railway – Welsh Food Festival 507 May

Eccentric Gin
Artisan, small batch craft Gin distiller
Web: www.eccentricgin.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EccentricGin/

THE STORY SO FAR…

William Price, 1800-1893 one of the most radical and innovative thinkers in the Victorian period. He was a Physician, a Druid, a believer in free love, the emancipation of women, democracy for all and became a freeman of Llantrisant – a 600 year old tradition that continues to this day.

William Price refused to accept established conventions and norms in all areas of society and he served as the inspiration for a local group of experienced craft brewers & distillers who were disappointed with the quality and flavour of mass produced Gins.

So with input from mixologists and local foragers they decided to create highly innovative small batch craft gins and the Eccentric Brand was born.

All 5 gins have their own individual characteristics which can be attributed to the use of a range of established and not so well known botanicals. Originally based in Llantrisant the Distillery grew and soon had to move to larger premises.

From their Distillery in Caerphilly the Eccentric team use a combination of traditional distilling methods – from traditional London Dry Gin style to New Western Style Gin – even resting gins in wood Burgundy barrels or using vapour infusion – the results are a range of 5 gins each with their own distinct flavours that appeal to all ages and palates that are so remarkably smooth you can even sip them “naked” (neat) if you wish or just with sparkling mineral water or tonic.

Eccentric Gin let their gins do the talking for them and will continue to produce small batch craft gins with innovative results to be enjoyed by both old and new gin drinkers.

The team have even planted juniper bushes in south wales and plan to harvest and use welsh juniper in Welsh Gins. We hope to move to our distillery in the Vale of Glamorgan where we are growing juniper.

Cardiff Dry Gin • Dewi Sant • Madam Geneva • Limbeck • Young Tom
Available in 70 cl, 35 cl and 5 cl sizes. Tyn y Cae Cottage Groes Faen rd Petertson super Ely CF5 6NE Call between 8 -30 and 3-30 Mon to Friday to buy or collect your gins.

The cream of Welsh liqueur will be available at the show

Gwili Railway – Welsh Food Festival 5-7 May 2018
 
The cream of Welsh liqueur
 
Cusan Welsh Cream Liqueurs
Home made Welsh cream liqueurs
Twitter: @CusanLiqueur
 
Cusan(“Kiss”- welsh) Welsh Cream Liqueur is a family business, producing homemade cream liqueurs, based on fine spirits. We have a range of twelve delicious flavours.
 
Enjoy our liqueurs over ice or as a topping to take your desert to another level!
 
We provide tasters on our stand. Come and taste!

The Little Black Hen will be serving up a tasty sensation

Sweet or sour, it’s a delight for the taste buds at the Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival
 
Little Black Hen
Home made artisan jams, chutneys, curds and fruit vinegars
Twitter: @littleblackhen1
 
Little black Hen produce a wide range of hand made, home made jams, Chutneys, curds and fruit vinegars from our home in Carmarthenshire.

Enjoy a fresh brew with the Tuk Tuk Van at the Welsh Food Festival

The Tuk, Tuk van will be serving hot drinks at the Gwili railway Food Festival
 
Cafe Tuk Tuk
Freshly Ground Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Fairtrade Tea
 
We make freshly Ground Coffee decaf too also we sell Hot Chocolate and Fairtrade Tea decaf as well.We have a selection of Traditional made lemonades and juices from the Heartsease farm and biscuits flapjacks and crisps too. All sold from the back of an Indian tuk tuk.

Fresh tea and coffee that will satisfy the serious barista

Barista heaven at the Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival
Fancy a fresh brew anyone?
 
Gilly’s Fresh Coffee
 
Gillys is a mobile barista coffee unit. Selling a range of hot coffee drinks plus tea! We also have some homemade cakes to have a sweet treat on the side with your drink.

A true taste of Wales arrives at the Gwili Welsh Food Festival

A family bakery with a taste for Wales

Popty Cara is a family bakery based in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Our cakes are handmade in small batches in our farmhouse kitchen. We make Bara Brith, Ralph’s cider cake. Black sticky gingerbread, No added sugar fruit cake (suitable for diabetics) Brownies, Flapjacks, Rocky road, Bread pudding, Tiffin and Marmalade.

Popty Cara

Artisan Bara Brith, cider cakes, fresh cooked welsh cakes, etc.

Web: www.poptycara.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PoptyCara/

Twitter: @poptycara

 

Local dairy farm serves up delicious ice cream at the Welsh Food festival

Dairy farm fresh ice cream will be available at the Welsh Food Festival..
 
Mountain view – Ice Cream & Milkshakes
 
We are dairy farmers and use some of our milk to make delicious dairy ice cream, which we sell at events all over South, Mid & West Wales. We also make milkshakes wth Welsh milk and our ice cream… seriously good.

Beer and cider lovers will love this beer bus!

Fancy a beer or cider at the Welsh Food Festival?
Alfie’s Beer Bus, a mobile bar and bottle shop.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/@alfiesbeerbus/
Web: www.alfiesbeerbus.co.uk
 
Hello from Paul & Holly! We are the founders of Alfie’s Beer Bus, a mobile bar and bottle shop that specialises in locally made craft beer, cider and spirits from independent microbreweries and distilleries across Wales – all served from our converted ice cream van!

French wine direct from France to your door in Wales

A taste of France in Wales – Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival update…
 
Levicta Wines – French Wine
Web: www.levictawines.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Levictawines/
Twitter: @lLevvictawines
 
Levicta Wines is owned and run by Roger & Ann Lewis in Carmarthen. We import wine direct from small, mostly family run vineyards. These wines aren’t in the shops. Sold by the bottle or the case to take home, or cases can be delivered locally. We only sell wine that we personally like and enjoy. Come along and try them.

Enjoy the sweet Tast Natur at the Gwili railway Welsh Food Festival

The sweet taste of of things to come at the Welsh Food Festival…
 
Tast Natur – Botanical Syrups, slushes and chocolates
Web: www.tastnatur.com
Twitter: @tastnatur
 
Tast Natur create Artisan Botanical Syrups from foraged and home grown plants to add a taste of nature to food and drinks. Try a Lavender Latte, a Nettle G&T, Rhubarb Prosecco, Rosehip on Porrige or Gorse over Ice Cream & Pancakes. Dilute, Mix or Drizzle!

Chocolate lovers delight in the Welsh Food Festival

Gwili Railway – Welsh Food Festival update…
Sweet tooth anyone?
 
Gareth’s Delicious Delights
Artisan Choclates and Fudge
 
At Gareth’s delicious delights we make handmade chocolates truffles many flavours to tempt you you can mix and match the flavours we sell gift boxes at £10,bags at £3 and small gift boxes at £3-50 way not come along to try before you buy.

BBQ anyone? Gwili Welsh Food Festival update

Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival update…
The best BBQ in Wales will be a the Gwili!
 
Bryn Farm
Freshly cooked Hot food, sausages, burgers, etc
 
Bryn Farm BBQ
 
We are a small family business, working from our farm in Bronwydd, Carmarthen in beautiful west Wales.
 
We pride ourselves on offering fantastic food which we source locally and cook fresh on our BBQ grill, served with excellent customer service always.
 
We work in partnership with truly fantastic local suppliers.
 
Our signature artisan steak burgers are crafted using only top quality Welsh extra lean, aged steak mince, so our burgers are high quality, without unnecessary additives.
 
Our veggie burgers are locally handmade using lots of local Welsh ingredients.
 
You will find us at food festivals and events across Wales and beyond!

Afal Y Graig Cider – Artisan Welsh Cider to appear at Food Festival

Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival – Artisan Update…
 
Thirsty anyone?
 
Afal Y Graig Cider – Artisan Welsh Cider
 
Afal y Graig Cider are a small family run award winning Cider producer based in the Afan Valley.
 
We will have 4 types of cider available, Vintage, ‘Best in Wales Winner’ Dry, Medium & Sweet. Everything is done by ourselves from planting trees to hand filling the bottles. #justapples

Bee Dazzled to appear at the Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival

Gwili Welsh Food Festival…
A taste of what’s to come.
 
Artisan local honey, fudge, mustards and bees wax products
Web: http://bee-dazzled-cymru1.mybigcommerce.com/
 
Bee Dazzled Cymru
Bee Dazzled Cymru are Carmarthenshire based artisan honey producers. All our honey is from our own bee hives and our products are handmade by us. Keeping the honey from each site separate we offer a variety of wildflower honeys, flavoured honey, honey mustards, honey fudge and beeswax food wraps.

Welsh Food Festival Artisan Producers

Gwili Railway Welsh Food Festival 5-7 May

Only 19 days to go!

Featuring details of the artisan Welsh Food and Drink Producers who will be appearing over the bank holiday weekend…
3 days of steam, food and drink; 5-7 May 2018
 
Join us at our new event the Gwili Welsh Food Festival. Over the bank holiday weekend we will be featuring the best food and drink producers and artisans from Wales. A FREE Gwili gift bag will be supplied to every visitor travelling on the train to carry their produce home.
• Locally produced lamb, pork or beef
• Welsh cheeses and dairy products
• Artisan cakes, breads and pastry
• Welsh hot and cold drinks inc.
tea, coffee, ales, wine, gin and whisky
• Local jams and honey producers
 
Food will be sold on the dining train and in the Marquee based in Bronwydd Arms. Visitors will be able to travel on the steam locomotives throughout the day. Standard fares apply. Tickets can be bought from the ticket office or online. Trains depart 11.00, 13.00, 15.00.
 

Featuring the best artisan Food & Drink producers…

Afal Y Graig Cider

Artisan Welsh Cider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Afal-Y-Graig-Welsh-Artisan-Cider-Perry-278731085642212/

Alfies Beer Bus

Alfie’s Beer Bus, a mobile bar and bottle shop.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/@alfiesbeerbus/

Web: www.alfiesbeerbus.co.uk 

Bee Dazzled

Artisan local honey, fudge, mustards and bees wax products

Web: http://bee-dazzled-cymru1.mybigcommerce.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeeDazzledCymru/

Bryn Farm

Freshly cooked Hot food, sausages, burgers, etc

Facebook: www.facebook.com/brynfarmbbq/

Cafe Tuk Tuk

Freshly Ground Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Fairtrade Tea

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CafeTukTuk/

Carmarthenshire Cheese

Local Welsh Cheese

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CwmniCawsCaerfyrddin/

Castell Howell

Web: www.castellhowellfoods.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/castellhowell/

Celtic Country Wines

Fruit Wines, Liquers, Vinegars

Web: www.celticwines.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CelticCountryWines/

Twitter: @celticwines

Coity Bach

Pasties, faggots, scotch eggs, meat

Web: www.coitybach.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/coitybach/

Cusan Welsh Cream Liqueurs

Home made Welsh cream liqueurs

Web: www.cusan.co.uk

Twitter: @CusanLiqueur

Eccentric Gin

Artisan, small batch craft Gin distiller

Web: www.eccentricgin.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EccentricGin/

Gareth’s Delicious Delights

Artisan Choclates and Fudge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GarethsDeliciousDelights/

Gillys Coffee

Fresh Coffee

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gillyscoffee/

Good & Proper Brownies

Artisan, hand & home made Brownies

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoodandProperbrownies/

Levicta Wines

French Wine

Web: www.levictawines.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Levictawines/

Twitter: @lLevvictawines

Little Black Hen

Home made artisan jams, chutneys, curds and fruit vinegars

Web: www.littleblackhen.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/littleblackhen/

Twitter: @littleblackhen1

Little Grandma’s Kitchen

Chutneys, marmalades, curds and preserves

Web: www.littlegrandmaskitchen.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlegrandmas.kitchen/

Twitter: @LGKitchen

Mountainview Ice Cream

Mountainview Ice Cream & Milkshakes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mountainviewice/

Pizza-Ria

Wood Fired Pizza’s

Web: www.pizzaria.wales

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pizza-Ria-1720481221565563/

Twitter: @Pizzaria.Wales

Popty Cara

Artisan Bara Brith, cider cakes, fresh cooked welsh cakes, etc.

Web: www.poptycara.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PoptyCara/

Twitter: @poptycara

Rhosyn Farm Produce

Home reared Old Spot Pork, Goat, Lamb, sausages, etc.

Web: www.rhosynfarmproduce.weebly.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rhosyn-Farm-Produce-1020569584623578/

Ridiculously Rich by Alana

Brownies

Web: www.RidiculouslyRichbyalana.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RidicRichCarms/

Twitter: @Ridicrichcarms

Tast Natur

Botanical Syrups, slushes and chocolates

Web: www.tastnatur.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TastNatur/

Twitter: @tastnatur

Welsh Brew Tea

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Web: www.welshbrewtea.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/welshbrewteauk/

Join the conversation online:
Facebook: @TheGwiliSteamRailway

Web: www.gwili-railway.co.uk Tel: 01267 238213

 
 

Easter Weekend Train Departure Timetable

For Friday and Saturday
Departures from Bronwydd Arms are
1100 – to Danycoed – normal steam round trip
1115 – to Abergwili Junction – shuttle
1215 – Shuttle to Cwmdwyfran
1300 – to Danycoed – normal steam round trip
1315 – to Abergwili Junction – shuttle
1415 – Shuttle to Cwmdwyfran
1500 – normal steam round trip but runs to Abergwili Junction first, then to Danycoed (non stop) and back to Bronwydd, with a short stop at Llwyfan.

Departures from Llwyfan Cerrig are:
1110 – normal steam train to Danycoed
1150 – normal steam train to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1310 – normal steam train to Danycoed
1350 – normal steam train to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1635 – normal steam train to Brownydd Arms

For Sunday and Monday
Departures from Bronwydd Arms are:
1100 – steam – round trip to Danycoed and Abergwili Junction
1200 – DMU – round trip to Danycoed and Abergwili Junction
1300 – steam – round trip to Danycoed and Abergwili Junction
1400 – DMU – round trip to Danycoed and Abergwili Junction
1500 – steam – round trip to Danycoed and Abergwili Junction
1600 – DMU – round trip to Danycoed and Abergwili Junction

Departures from Llwyfan Cerrig
1110 – steam to Danycoed
1135 – steam to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1210 – DMU to Danycoed
1125 – DMU to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1310 – steam to Danycoed
1335 – steam to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1410 – DMU to Danycoed
1435 – DMU to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1510 – steam to Danycoed
1535 – steam to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms
1610 – DMU to Danycoed
1635 – DMU to Abergwili Junction and Bronwydd Arms

Book online early and save

ONLINE VOUCHER CODES* – BOOK & SAVE

Use these codes when booking, add to your basket and apply code at checkout.
showearlybook20: 4×4, Bike and Classic Car Days, book by May 1st – Save 20%
tuesdaysteam10: Tuesday Steam saver –  Save 10%
dieselsat20: Diesel Saturday Service – Save 20%
driverexperience15: Driver Experience book online by March 9th – Save 15%
forcespersonnel: WW1 Day 25th October book online by 24th October – Save 50%
steamday10: Book any Steam Day during September/October – Save 10%
earlyhalloween13: Halloween and Ghost Express book by Aug 31st – Save a Spooky 13%
Santa’s Magical Steam Trains
santaearlybook10: Book early for the first two weekends when booked before 30th September – Save 10%
santaearlybook5: Book early for 23-24 December, when booked before October 31st – Save 5%
*These voucher codes are only applicable when you book online through our website. Offers cannot be used when purchasing tickets by phone or on the day in our ticket office.

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

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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 40’ – why is today special?

Gwili 40 logo

Over the Easter Weekend in 1978, the newly formed Gwili Railway ran it’s first trains in the preservation era. These were formed of a small Peckett 0-4-0ST called “Merlin” (hauling a single DMU trailer), from Bronwydd Arms as far as Cwmdwyfran.

Forty years on, we are recreating the spirit of 1978! Look out the recreated Cwmdwyfran shuttles, as well as double-headed non-stop train.

Over the Easter Weekend in 1978, the newly formed Gwili Railway ran its first trains in the preservation era. The very first trains ran from Bronwydd Arms as far as Cwmdwyfran, operating in a ‘push-pull’ fashion – using ‘Merlin’ and a DMU trailer.

Forty years on, the railway has grown from strength to strength. For this weekend only, the Cwmdwyfran shuttle will be recreated, departing from Bronwydd Arms at 1200 and 1400 – normal tickets are valid. Please note that there are no toilet facilities on board the DMU trailer, nor is it possible to board or alight at the site of Cwmdwyfran Halt.

We hope that you enjoy your day with us, and return soon. We have achieved a lot in forty years and have a lot to celebrate – look out for other ‘Gwili 40’ events happening throughout the year.

Danycoed Halt
Opened 2001 –
Recreated typical BR(W) halt, with small shelter.
– Watch your locomotive run around it’s train, ready for the return journey.
Llwyfan Cerrig
Opened 1988 – Travelling Post Office coach open for viewing
– TVR No.28 on static display in the yard – footplate open.

Cwmdwyfran Halt (site of)
– It is not possible to board or alight here.

Bronwydd Arms

Reopened in 1978 – S&T Museum open, in the signalbox at the far end of the carpark.
– Cafe open all day (in the Victorian coach bodies, next to the signalbox).

Abergwili Junction – Opened 2017. Our newest station! Accessible by rail only.

Where to eat and drink;
The Victorian Tearoom will be open at Bronwydd Arms station (next to the signalbox) – serving hot drinks, rolls and cakes throughout the day. Toilets are available at both Bronwydd Arms and Llwyfan Cerrig stations.

Easter Children’s Activities
Look out for the Easter Bunny, who will be making appearances throughout the day. Loopy Lews the magician will be giving performances, whilst a face-painter will also in residence. Don’t forget to look out for Easter Eggs Cards around the Station at Llwyfan Cerrig, where you will also receive your Easter Egg.

“Gwili 40 – The Opening Act” – 30th/31st March 2018 (Public Timetable)

‘Gwili 40 – passenger timetable and information sheet

Departures from Bronwydd Arms are:
11.00 – full line trip with locomotive 47 (Moorbarrow)
12.00 – trip to site of Cwmdwyfran Halt and return with loco Welsh Guardsman
13.00 – full line trip with locomotive Welsh Guardsman
14.00 – trip to site of Cwmdwyfran Halt and return with loco 47 (Moorbarrow)
15.00 – full line trip with locomotives 47 Moorbarrow and Welsh Guardsman. This train will first go to Abergwili Junction and then run non-stop to Danycoed, before returning to Bronwydd Arms

 

 

 

 

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

Help us convert our 100 year old vintage carriage into a classroom for school parties and the community

The Gwili Steam railway is a volunteer led Heritage Railway and we are continuously looking for new ways to improve our facilities for visitors and children.

Our Carriage and Wagon team have for many years been renovating one of our vintage carriages to help make more attractions at the Gwili Railway. The C&W team decided it would work best as a static carriage which can then be used as a waiting area and a designated classroom and activity centre for school groups and the local community.

However due to the railways continuous repair programme on our running stock we cannot afford to complete this project. This is where we hope you would donate funds to help us raise the £5,000 we need to make it a pleasant environment for visitors, schools and an community group who need a meeting room.

You can donate by clicking here – Restore our carriages fund

Kids go FREE in February Half Term*

Half term is approaching and sometimes it is a challenge to keep families entertained during the colder months. Come along to the Gwili during the half term and we’ll help you with the winter blues. Our train line is stunning this time of year with uninterrupted views of the valley and river.

*With this great offer, for every paying adult, two children can ride for free.

This offer is valid for parties up to 6 in size – parties of over 6 will need to pay the extra child fare.

Saturday the 17th starts with our Heritage Railcar Diesel Service, perfect for seeing the view of the line. Sunday the 18th is our Diners only ‘Valentines Special’. The steam locomotives will be pulling our refurbished bar coach and our dining set will be serving a 4 course lunch.

The week will see our steam locomotives the Welsh Guardsman and Moorbarrow in service. Any families visiting will benefit from a goodie bag which includes a fizzy drink and Haribo treats for the children as well as helpful leaflets to let you know what is happening throughout the year.

The biggest challenge we face in our winter season is persuading our fans and families who enjoy the railway to visit us. SO, to give something back for your support during the year, every February half term kids go free.

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