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Palmerston at the Vale of Rheidol Railway September 2014


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Ffestiniog Railway locomotive no. 4 Palmerston is currently visiting the Vale of Rheidol Railway and will operate trains on 20, 21, 27 and 28 September.

Palmerston will haul trains from Aberystwyth at 12:15 & 15:45. These trips have to be pre-booked. Rover tickets are valid on the 10:30 & 14:00 trains from Aberystwyth.

Palmerston tickets (includes 1 round trip behind Palmerston and a weekend rover) adult £40, child £12
Weekend rover Adult £30, child £10
Day rover Adult £20, child £8

More info on http://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/palmerston.htm


Youtube videos of Palmerston at the VoR


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Just watched the vids-nice stuff-lots of change on the VoR in the last couple of years it seems...-Huge new shed at Aber (gotta say,not sold on that yellow brick-looks like Lego) new platforms,new signals,last siding at Devils Bridge cut off (again -not convinced) -last time I visited the general buzz seemed to be delighted to have 2 engines available for traffic....where has all the money come from ???




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We've successfully tested Palmerston with 3 carriages which means there are now plenty of additional seats available. Advance booking is available by phone (01970 625819)  or online at www.rheidolrailway.co.uk or you can buy your tickets from the Booking Office on the day.


Thanks for your comments Nick - the railway has invested a lot in infrastructure over recent years and been successful in getting some grant funding to assist - particularly the restoration of the intermediate stations at Capel Bangor, Nantyronen, Aberffrwd, Rheidol Falls and Rhiwfron.


There is a good reason the siding has been disconnected at Devil's Bridge. - passenger demand over the summer months have meant we've needed to run 7 carriage trains on a regular basis. The platform has been extended to accommodate these trains without the need to set back to release the loco. We operate driver for a fiver on the siding during the summer which means this under-used part of the railway is now utilised. One of these days it could be re-connected but no plans for that at the moment.


All the best,


Will Smith


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I managed to spend the whole day on the VoR on Saturday, with two trips up and back; the weather could have been kinder, but it stayed generally dry.


Here's FfR No. 4, Palmerston, crossing the morning down train at Aberffrwd:




Apparently she had a few adhesion problems higher up the line due to rather greasy rail, but she made it up and down with no problems and was soon ready at Aber for the afternoon excursion:




The afternoon trip went like a dream; no slipping at all, and no sign of shortness of breath - indeed, according to the driver she 'steams like a witch'. She proved very competent on the 1 in 48 with three coaches and the brake van, maintaining a good speed all the way up. Excellent!


After a brief pause in the headshunt at Devil's Bridge she disappeared down the line to take on water for the return trip, then emerged to couple up and take us all back home:




All in all, a wonderful day! And she does it all again next weekend too!


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