‘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