Gwili Steam Railway
Length of the line
The line is currently two and a half miles from Bronwydd Arms Station to the end of the line at Danycoed Halt. The round trip is 5 miles and takes just over one hour, though your standard ticket lasts all day so you can return on a later train or take more than one trip during the day (on dining and special events, conditions and times vary).
Trip along the line
Having arrived at Bronwydd Arms Station and purchased your ticket from the Booking Office situated on the platform, you can then join the train for your trip to Danycoed Halt. A steep climb out of Bronwydd village, takes you through the open fields and wooded hills, hugging the River Gwili all the while. You are never far from water on this line! Keep an eye out for the herons, which frequent this valley, dipping for fish in the river.
The train climbs once again as it leaves Pentre Morgan and its old mill, now converted into a home. Here iron was smelted, to be taken to Carmarthen for dispatch by ship from the Quay. The train now crosses the river with its weir, and enters Llwyfan Cerrig Station. This is the home of the Miniature Railway the Travelling Post Office (TPO) and the picnic site down by the river.
Leaving Llwyfan Cerrig, the train hugs the river, for 3/4 of a mile, along the extension, opened in 2001, before entering Danycoed Halt. This halt resembles those built by the GWR on their country lines. Alight and look around. Walk to the end of the platform and view the next obstacle in the progress to go north. The Gwili Railway owns the track bed for a further 3 miles from this point. Watch the engine run around its train as it prepares to return to Llwyfan Cerrig. At Llwyfan Cerrig, the train waits for those who just want a quick trip on the Miniature Railway, browse in the TPO or take a stroll down to the picnic site. When the weather is fine, stay a while and relax alongside the weir, enjoy a picnic or explore the site in greater depth.
Llwyfan Cerrig was opened in 1988 and is built on the site of an old loading platform for stone which came from the quarry across the river and the one which forms an impressive backdrop to the station today. The station building came from Felin Fach on the Aberaeron line and was taken down plank by plank by the volunteers and then rebuilt on this site. Imagine buying a return ticket to Aberystwyth, Newcastle Emlyn, Tregaron, Strata Florida, Carmarthen or Bronwydd Arms!
Re-board the train for the return to Bronwydd Arms and on arrival, visit the Museum, well stocked Shop in the Station Building and also the Signal Box. The Station building was originally a signal box from Llandovery and the Signal Box came from Llandybie. Both were dismantled and brought to this site, to be rebuilt by our volunteers. Stand by the signal box and look across the road through the crossing gates, the line going away from you is the start of the Carmarthen North extension. Finally round off your visit by visiting the 'Gwili Tea Room' in the Station yard, where you can get a range of snacks, tea, coffee and cold drinks.