Grandad’s rail­way vil­lage is pop­u­lar stop for tourists

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - AMY COLES Re­porter amy.coles@waleson­

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

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