Photo: Cliff by Pen y Garreg dam
by David Chandler

Railway Group - "Rail Riders"

Group Leader: David Horne -

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!!!!

Sunday lunch

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




David Horne 


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

Christmas Outing

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.

Read more: A full account of the visit is available to download.


Group members on their trip to the Severn Valley Railway