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The Llangollen Railway

Preserved railway

Welcome to the Llangollen Railway. We have reopened a section of the former Ruabon to Barmouth route in North Wales that was closed in the 1960s. Our heritage trains now operate at weekends for most of the year, and all week from April to October. During the summer, most trains are steam-hauled; at other times diesel locomotives or railcars may be used.

Part of the Ruabon to Barmouth line, our Railway closed to passenger traffic in 1965, and to goods in 1968. The track and signalling was removed the following month, and for seven years the buildings and trackbed were left at the mercy of nature.

A group of enthusiastic volunteers started the rebirth of the line with an open day in September 1975, with 60 feet of track; since then the line has rarely looked back. The efforts of the growing band of volunteers have seen it extended to some 7½ miles along the Dee Valley through outstanding Welsh scenery, with views over the valley and its surroundings not seen from the A5 above.

The line remains largely volunteer-operated, and an extension of another 2½ miles to Corwen is planned, and possibly beyond. A link back to the mainline network at Ruabon is a long-term aim, putting the Dee Valley firmly back on the railway map.

Trains operate at weekends for most of the year, and daily from June to the end of October. During the summer, most trains are steam-hauled; at other times diesel locos or railcars may be used. This is most likely out of season.