29th June 2019 · Visit to The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway

A dozen or so members gathered at Northampton station for an early start for the journey to Welshpool on Saturday, 29th June (others would join the main party later by various means).

Arrival at Welshpool was on time and we began the long uphill trek to the terminus of the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway for the first train of the day, where we found that former GWR 823 was covering the timetable service.

On arrival at Llanfair Caereinon we were given an excellent and informative tour of the Signal Box and Locomotive Depot. On shed were diesels W&L Fleet Numbers 7, 11 and 17 and steam locomotives 0-6-2Ts Chevalier and Joan. In the Workshop was an 0-8-0T identified as AFB 1944/ 2855 with boiler outside the same.

The return journey ex Welshpool was eventful to say the least with a points failure at Birmingham New Street bringing chaos to services throughout the surrounding area,