Vale of Rheidol Railway Santa Specials

Santa is returning to the Vale of Rheidol Railway for his annual Santa Specials. It’s a perfect way to begin the holiday with Santa and his elves delivering presents for all the children!

Those who are older but still young at heart can look forward to delicious hot mince pies and mulled wine as the little train dashes through the magical winter scenery of the Vale of Rheidol.

Rheidol Railway Santa Train ©

Rheidol Railway Santa Train ©

Santa’s Specials to Capel Bangor were so popular last year that he’s organised an extra day this Christmas to cater for the demand. The elves have had to step up present production in the workshop at the North Pole. Come and meet Santa on the train, book early to avoid disappointment, either online at or over the phone on 01970 625 819. 

Meanwhile the ambitious project to restore its historic stations to their former glory is rapidly progressing. Many of the stations are being restored with replica buildings and traditional fencing to give visitors a flavour of how the local railway appeared in the 1920s. New raised platforms and an enlarged picnic area at Aberystwyth Station will also improve the railway experience for its passengers.

Marketing Officer Will Smith said: “This project makes the Rheidol Valley more accessible and helps people to appreciate this part of Mid-Wales’ rich industrial history.” The project is being funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013.

Rheidol Railway ©

Rheidol Railway ©

The railway is on the look out for any local donations of Vale of Rheidol, Great Western or British Railways railwayana from the public to adorn the newly restored stations. Much of the work, from construction to gardening, is being undertaken by volunteers from a mix of backgrounds, so it’s a great chance to get involved if you’re interested in doing something different! Get in touch at or by phone on 01970 625 819.

Opened in 1902, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has been operating a passenger service for tourists for over a hundred years. The line, which runs from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge is well known for its scenery, sharp curves and steep gradients and is a popular choice with holidaymakers in the region. 


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