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The Vale of Rheidol Rail­way’s Aberys­t­wyth ter­mi­nus is un­der­go­ing its big­gest trans­for­ma­tion in decades, to turn it into a 1930s Great Western-style sta­tion.

The £1.6 mil­lion project – the big­gest sin­gle in­vest­ment in the line since it was opened in 1902 – has been pri­mar­ily funded through the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s Tourism At­trac­tor Pro­gramme, although the rail­way is pro­vid­ing 35% of the rev­enue.

Work has al­ready be­gun on the re­place­ment plat­form – and new ticket of­fice and GWR pago­dastyle lava­tory block – with the whole project ex­pected to be com­plete by the end of 2020.

In ad­di­tion to the new sta­tion, the old GWR lo­co­mo­tive shed will be­come a mul­ti­func­tion dis­play fa­cil­ity, al­low­ing some of the lo­co­mo­tives from the Phyl­lis Rampton Nar­row Gauge Rail­way Trust to be pub­licly dis­played for the first time, along­side out-of-ser­vice en­gines, as well as the line’s coaches and Hafan Tramway wag­ons.

A new, three-road car­riage shed will al­low coaches to be stored and main­tained away from the steam fleet for the first time, while also stor­ing fu­ture ex­hibits for dis­play in a new mu­seum which the rail­way in­tends to de­velop.

There will be a new, ded­i­cated coal­ing and ser­vic­ing area, as well as new wa­ter cranes and tanks, while the sig­nalling and track lay­out at Aberys­t­wyth will be com­pletely re­mod­elled.

Robert Gam­brill, CEO of the Vale of Rheidol Rail­way, said: “This pack­age of work is highly sig­nif­i­cant in the story of the Vale of Rheidol Rail­way and we hope it will at­tract more peo­ple to visit what is a hid­den gem in mid-Wales.”

●● An in-depth look at what’s hap­pen­ing on the VoR will ap­pear in the next is­sue.


An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Vale of RheidolRail­way’s new 1930s-style sta­tion and pagoda, cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion ad­ja­cent to the old GWR lo­co­mo­tive shed.

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