Group Leader: David Horne - email@example.com
The group plans to travel around using the rail network.
There are three options: Local (Wales), Regional (The UK) and Exploration (Europe!!).
"Local" will include, Gardens, Castles, Houses ... whatever grabs the members interests.
The group will operate all the year round taking advantage of Free Rail in the winter!!!!
Welsh Highland Railway
Wednesday 8th May 2019.
Why is that every trip the group has completed, the weather is either wet, cold or snowy - or a combination of all 3! Can someone answer me this one simple question? No. Neither can I.
Thus it was on this particular day. Chilly to say the least.
The intrepid travellers met up at 8am at the Metropole Hotel car park to journey far and wide - well to Porthmadog at any rate. I have to say that the route chosen proved every bit as scenic and worth the trip alone.
we arrived in plenty of time, collected our tickets and had time to have refreshments and browse the station shop before boarding our train - the C235 "David lloyd George" - a Double Fairley engine. An odd looking engine with a funnel on each end.
Travelling 3rd class the journey too us through some of the best rail side scenery and the weather was clear enough for us to see everything. We stopped at Minffordd, Penrhyn, Tanybwlch, dduallt where the track looped round through 360 degrees to navigate a hill, Tanygrisiau and arriving in Bleinau Ffestiniog approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes later.
Ffestiniog is a small community which is best enjoyed in good weather. While it would have been nice to explore the town the weather dictated otherwise with most of us seeking shelter from the cold in charity shops or the visitor centre or finding somewhere to eat. We originally agreed to meet up for the return train at 3.50pm but 6 of the group decided to return to porthmadog earlier and spend time looking round there and to meet the later train with the rest other from the group.
Unfortunately 3 of the 5 missed the train at 3.50 and caught a bus instead, arriving back in porthmadog before the train. The first 6 arrived in time to meet the trin only to find the gang of 3 already there. The other 2 arrived by train. So we ended up with not just a railway ride but for some a bus ride also. Good value for money I would say.
After some more refreshments we decided to hit the raod and return to llandrindod, stopping off on the way at The Blue Bell Inn, llangurig for a spot of supper. Very nice it was too.
I can honestly say it was a brilliant day and a pleasure to organise. The weather was not the best but unlike previous trips we could actually see where we were going and enjoyed the scenery whilst the train made it's way.
October 2017 - Day trip to Swansea. Heart of Wales Line
December 2017 - Christmas lunch at the Engine Shed. Severn Valley Railway
August 2018 - Fish and chip supper. Devils Bridge. Vale of Rheidol
November 2018 - Sunday Lunch. Devil's Bridge. Vale of Rheidol
May 2019 - Bleinau Ffestiniog. Welsh Mountain Railway
10 U3A members set off on a dry morning in November in 3 cars and met up in Aberystwyth to catch the train running at 11am to Devil’s Bridge.
The weather stayed dry, if a little cool.
Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge takes 1 hour. There was plenty of chit chat, with many comments from the group about the lovely views and scenery.
Upon arrival at Devil’s Bridge we made our way to the Hafod Hotel where Sunday lunch was served. We had to queue for a while and were eventually seated. After what seemed an age we were served with our lunch. The waiting was a bit unexpected but when it arrived the food looked really appetising. I have to say the beef that I had was some of the best I have ever tasted and judging by the comments from others at the table they felt the same. Those who did not have beef also expressed satisfaction with the food.
Some folk wanted liquid refreshment with their lunch but again the speed of service was quite slow. A theme was emerging……………….
Sadly we only had to leave the hotel all to soon to board the train for the return journey.
The return was just as scenic and we arrived back in Aberystwyth at 3pm.
Overall there were many positive comments about the journey and the food, even if the service was a mite too slow
Fish & chip supper
Members of the Railriders group travelled from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. It took place on Saturday 18th August 2018. We departed at 6pm and returned 9pm. Unfortunately the summer weather decided to change from hot and dry to wet. However we were not underterred. The views across the valley were spectacular (when we could see through the rain) as usual.
Transport for the trip will be by car share
Members of the group organised a Christmas lunch on the Severn Valley Railway on Wednesday 13th December. The visit included a 30 minute trip on the railway ending up in the engine shed in Highley where they enjoyed a splendid christmas lunch as well as good look at the engines and other items on display in the exhibition.
Group members on their trip to the Severn Valley Railway