I think this was first visit to the Vale of Rheidol since the days of blue engines marked with the devil's footprint.
Big things are afoot. There is a new 200-foot three road workshop being fitted out at Aberystwyth. Every intermediate station apart from Llanbadarn (which effectively no longer exists) has a new platform and waiting shelter. Tree clearance has opened up some views. Devil's Bridge station will be getting a platform and a large museum building is to be erected at Aberystwyth using part of the trainshed from the old London Bridge Station, hopefully in association with a station redevelopment.
|The new workshops|
|Shelter being painted at Nantyronen|
|Completed shelter and fencing at Rheidol Falls|
|The only item I saw of the 'Rampton Collection' was this |
Colonial Sugar Refining bogie tender from Fiji at Capel Bangor
Only two of the line's three steam locomotives are in use. OWAIN GLYNDŴR is a chassis sitting on a wagon at the station. However, it must be said that the external presentation of the trains is excellent and the dramatic nature of the line is second to none.
|PRINCE OF WALES at Aberystwyth.|
Surely there must be no doubt that it was built by the GWR in 1924.
|Carriages beautifully presented|
|. . . but rather 'tourist class' inside. Is this 'heritage' to be retained?|
|Inside the old BR shed at Aberystwyth|
|Permaquip navvy car at Capel Bangor|
|On arrival at Devil's Bridge|
|Pilot at Aberystwyth|
Baguley-Drewry type of 1987 built at Brecon Mountain Railway