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)