Vale of Rheidol Railway tunes up for ‘Music on the Train’

Three Legg’d Mare who will playing on the train.
Three Legg’d Mare who will playing on the train.

Passengers are being invited to enjoy a stunning train ride through the Rheidol Valley in Mid Wales accompanied by local musicians from Rewired Music on May 31.

Three Legg’d Mare who will playing on the train.
Three Legg’d Mare who will playing on the train.

They will be able to listen to the sound of acoustic music in the carriages whilst the train travels on the Vale of Rheidol Railway up into the Cambrian Mountains from Aberystwyth.

Each artist will play a set in each of the carriages and the journey will take an hour to reach the picturesque village of Devil’s Bridge, nestled at the top of the Rheidol Valley. The train departs from Aberystwyth station at 6pm and standard ticket fares apply.

Rewired Music provides opportunities for all to enjoy the music scene, whether in the audience or getting slots to perform. It works closely with enthusiastic musicians, providing a platform to showcase their talents.

The musicians playing include Three Legg’d Mare from Aberystwyth who were brought together in 2014 by a common interest in the traditional songs and tunes of Wales, England and far beyond.

They sing old songs of madness, love, death, adventure and everyday life, intertwined with traditional tunes and some original compositions.

Anchors & Sails is a 19-year-old musician based in Aberystwyth, originally from Manchester who focuses on a range of covers and original material from folk to Indie.

Louise & The Feathers has been Emily Farr Music for many years but decided to start afresh using her middle name Louise and the wonderful bird’s feather. She takes her inspiration from Anastasia, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Paolo Nutini and others, enjoying the mix of power and emotions.

Kieran Ukey Bagnall plays folk, blues and contemporary music.

The railway aims to help passengers make the most of the long summer evenings with steam hauled evening excursions along the Rheidol Valley. Passengers can also upgrade their ticket to include fish and chips when they arrive at Devil’s Bridge Station. Meals are charged at £8.50 per adult, or £6.50 per child and include a free drink.

Summer evening excursions depart Aberystwyth at 6pm and arrive back at 9pm on May 31, July 26 and August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 23 and 26 (green timetable days).

Opened in 1902, the Vale of Rheidol Railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines, it has been carrying tourists to the beauty spot of Devil’s Bridge for over 100 years.

The journey starts in Aberystwyth, in the heart of Cardigan Bay and runs for 12 miles to Devil’s Bridge, home of the famous Mynach Falls, in the Cambrian Mountains.

Enjoy the views, the sound of the narrow gauge steam engine and a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.