A rainy day in the Rhiw Valley…


Just back from a foray into the rain-sodden foothills of mid-Wales – a fine lunch at the Lion, Berriew – then a short drive up the valley of the Rhiw to an elusive little 15″ gauge railway. No, I know a railway can’t be elusive – but it’s a private line, very rarely open to the public, perhaps twice a year. A super little setup – a complete loop of 1¼ miles through the fields beside the river, with a triangular junction leading to the terminus station. “Powys”, an 0-6-2T built by Severn Lamb in 1973 (similar to Dougal on the Evesham Vale), and the much younger “Jack”, an attractive 0-4-0 tender locomotive, took turns in hauling trains around the line (sometimes clockwise, sometimes anti-).

A “Rail Diaries” page will of course follow in due course

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