VALE OF RHEIDOL TERMINUS SET FOR £1.6M TRANSFORMATION
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.