Leading Mid-Wales tourst attraction the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is looking forward to opening its new season on Saturday 28th March, and welcoming a seasonal visitor just a week later.
The Easter Bunny will be dropping in to the W&LLR’s Llanfair Caereinion headquarters from Good Friday 3rd to Easter Monday 6th April, with some special fun for all children travelling on the line’s ‘Easter Eggs-press’ trains.
The Bunny has hidden some of his Easter eggs at various locations along the eight-mile route, and children riding on the trains will be encouraged to spot as many of them as they can. At the end of their journey on presenting their completed treasure hunt form to station staff they will be rewarded with a free chocolate egg.
There will be plenty of opportunity to spot the eggs too, as between Easter Saturday and Easter Monday two trains will be in operation, ensuring everyone visiting will have plenty of opportunity to take a steam-hauled ride along the delightful Banwy Valley.
The line will be running every day through the Easter school holidays to 12th April, with the exception of Monday 30th March and Friday 10th April. It will then settle down to its traditional early-season weekend service through to mid-May, trains also running on the Mayday bank holiday.
The opening of the new season follows a great deal of essential winter work carried out by staff and volunteers, varying from relaying and maintaining stretches of track to a host of tasks in the workshop, such as replacing the worn-out chimney of 1902-built 0-6-0T ‘The Earl’.
Meanwhile the restoration of Franco-Belge 0-8-0T locomotive ‘Sir Drefaldwyn’ is progressing rapidly, the rebuilt boiler expected back soon and high hopes that the loco will return to service later this year, for the first time since 2000.
Full information on the railway, including the full timetable and a facility to book tickets, can be found on the www.wllr.org.uk website or by calling 01938 810441.