Grandad’s railway village is popular stop for tourists
AGRANDAD built a miniature village and railway in his back garden – and it’s so popular tourists from across the world come to see it. Pensioner Teifion Morris Ifans, 76, started collecting trains 10 years ago after his children bought him a toy set for Christmas.
Since then he has painstakingly built a miniature village in his back garden in Llanychaer, Pembrokeshire, complete with houses, people, shops, a church and even cable cars and a circus.
Around 20 trains run on the tracks surrounded by nearly 40 models and 30 tiny buildings.
It’s become a landmark on several bus tours who drop groups of tourists off to enjoy the model village.
Dad-of-two Teifion said: “We let people in the garden to look around. We don’t mind.
“We get a lot of people stopping by to have a look at the garden – people from as far afield as China, Singapore and South America have visited the garden.
“I started the collection about 10 years ago when my son and daughter bought me a toy train and track as a Christmas present.
“And from then on we’ve been adding to it over the years. I really love playing with the trains with my grandchildren.
“It’s become an obsession to be honest. I’m a bit of a collector if there is such a thing. I’m a bit of an addict.
“I wouldn’t like to think how much money I have spent on it over the e years.
“I gave up smoking and of course I haven’t saved any money – it’s all l gone on the trains.”
Teifion credits his family, and his s wife in particular, with helping him m to create his quirky garden.
He said: “I wouldn’t be able to do it t without them. I already have a supportive wife who has helped me especially with my health.”
■ The garden will feature on new S4C series Pobl a’u Gerddi (People and Their Gardens), which starts tonight at 8pm.
Part of the miniature village and railway in Teifion Morris Ifans’ garden