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“Gwili Railway”
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Gwili Railway
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take a step back in time at the Gwili Steam Railway, a delightful preserved railway just outside Carmarthen in West Wales. Running steam train services every day of local school holidays and selected days throughout the remainder of the year, this is the perfect trip for all ages to enjoy. Experience a typical country branch line from the 1950s with a stop off at Llwyfan Cerrig Station in a beautiful spot alongside the River Gwili.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Poole
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46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Gwili Railway”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

My husband spend a very good few hours on this little steam railway in Wales. Staff were very friendly and informative and the scenery was lovely. We paid the small supplement to ride first class and had a carriage to ourselves. At the stop on the way there is abour half an hour where there is a small refreshments caravan and the bacon baps and the burgers was vry good. Well worth a visit and we will return. They are hoping to extend the line in the future as well.

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great day out made even better by the wonderful volunteers!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

Myself and seven friends are up from Kent for the week and after reading these reviews on trip advisor, we knew we had to come for a day out.
We all decided to pay for the ride on the steam train, with a cream tea, only £10 each. After browsing the gift shop, we were led into the dining carriage by Jeremy, a lovely man, who took great care of us, and imparted a lot of his rail knowledge,and set off from the station with the steam puffing away.

The cream tea was amazing. Two massive scones, fresh strawberries, clotted cream, welsh butter and strawberry jam, all washed down with unlimited pots of tea. It was delicious.

We reached the end of the track where we all got off to have a look around, and even got a ride on a mini-railway, which even some over 60s hopped on too, taking everyone back to being a small child again.

On the return back to the main st my friends and I, as chefs and always curious about different kitchens, were fortunate enough to be given a tour of the kitchen on board. It was an unexpected treat, one which I thank Jeremy and the lovely cook on board for.

After getting off the train, we headed to the signal box, and Barry allowed myself and another friend to change the signals for the departing train. We stood talking to him, and another train driver Alan for over an hour, asking all sorts of questions, and they had the answeres to them all. We finally popped into the museum, where it was like walking into a st from decades gone by, from old signs, and old signals, to a rather unexpected stuffed dog that had once been the pet of an old st master.

Please dont go thinking that Im a train enthusiast by what Iv written, I write simply as a visitor whos day was made fantastic by some lovely volunteers who took there time to talk. Thank you to everyone.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“Gwili Railway”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

In the process of visiting preservation railways around the country this is our first one in Wales.
Parking was easy but we did get there early.Small shop /ticket office reasonably priced goods and fairly well stocked. At the station LLWYFAN CERRIG we had a twentyfive minute stop but plenty of time to get refreshments and for children to go on the miniature train .The staff were very friendly and helpful and even letting youngsters go and " toot " the train whistle.
They have a development appeal at the moment to extend the length of journey/track/platforms etc.
Only downside we found that alot of maintenance was having to be done so areas closed due to fallen trees and having a chat with one of the volunteers ( a lovely chap) said they are always in need of more volunteers to get work done and have to schedule work around what time of year and what volunteers they have.
This is an ideal place to take young children for a half day .Dogs allowed free of charge.
Will certainly come back in a few years time to see how the railway has developed.

Visited September 2012
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“Charming but save for a fair day.”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Sadly it completely poured with rain on the day we visited and so we couldn't sit outside and enjoy the picnic area. However the train ride was great and the staff (volunteers) were friendly and informative. The company is saving to restore more of the line and I wish them every success.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Thrilli in Gwili”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

This was a great day out. We thought it would be something good to do on a wet afternoon. We arrived just as a thunder storm erupted and took shelter in the tea rooms. Food and drink very reasonably priced and as the storm continued around us, the friendly staff treated us to a second cup of tea for free. A round train trip takes an hour and a half (this includes a half hour stop up the line at their other station (we didn't disembark because of the weather)). We then visited the museum. It is just one room but our eight year old son had great fun ringing all the signal bells and pulling all the levers. We met one of the volunteers here and he told us a great deal about the railway which he obviously cared a great deal about. He really brought it alive for us. We finished at the signal box which was fantastic. The volunteer here told us how a signal box works and let anyone, who wanted to, have a go at pulling the signal levers. This became a contest of strength as some of them were incredibly difficult to move. We really hope that lots of people visit so that they can extend the line down into Carmathen and we can visit again in a couple of years and enjoy an even longer day out on the railway.

Visited August 2012
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