august, 2021

20augAll DayThe Cambrian Coast Express 2021NEW DATE - A day out along the Cambrian Coast with stunning scenery. Joining Stations: Bristol Parkway, Cam & Dursley, Cheltenham Spa, Worcester Parkway, Bromsgrove, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Telford Central, Shrewsbury.

97304 “John Tiley” and 97303 amble along the Dovey estuary at Frongoch with Pathfinder Tours’ “The Cambrian Coast Express ” 1Z30 05:39 Bristol Temple Meads to Pwllheli, the first charter to run to Pwllheli under ERTMS conditions.

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This excursion has been re-dated again because a major Network Rail shutdown of the main Cambrian Line, which was planned for April/May has now been deferred and will now extended into June also. This means that instead of running on Friday, 18 June we will run on Friday, 20 August – this date has been cleared by Network Rail.  Passengers have been contacted by email or letter.

The itinerary for the day will not change, but as Temple Meads Station is not available the first pick-up point will now be Bristol Parkway. We anticipate that we will be able to run the excursion as ‘normally’ as possible, subject to any specific COVID related requirements in place at that time. 

For lovers of stunning scenery, the single track railway that wends across mid-Wales and then follows the Cambrian Coast, to Pwllheli is hard to beat.

On leaving Shrewsbury enjoy the undulating views as our special train joins the Cambrian line heading west through the pleasant Borders countryside.  Once into Wales the line climbs through narrowing valleys to a summit at Talerddig before a winding descent to Machynlleth.  We soon cross and follow the Dovey Estuary to Aberdovey, before the climb to the Friog rock shelter is followed by descent to the famous wooden bridge across the sandy Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth.  Our train then continues north through Harlech, with set downs at Minffordd and Porthmadog before reaching lines end at Pwllheli.  The return retraces the outward route, giving you another opportunity to appreciate the fabulous scenery.  We offer the following destinations for you to choose from:

Option A – BARMOUTH (1300/1750): A compact resort and start of a circular trip, featuring a river ferry and a walk over Barmouth Bridge..

Option B – MINFFORDD & PORTMEIRION (1340/1705): Why not walk a mile (each way) and visit the Italianate village of Portmeirion, made famous by the Prisoner TV series of the 1960s (Pay admission charge on the day).

Option C – PORTHMADOG (1350/1655): A very pleasant port and town, home to several narrow gauge railways.

Option D – PWLLHELI (1430/1630): Market town of the Lleyn Peninsula with marina.  And lines end of course!

FaresAdultJuniorParty of 4Availability
Standard Class£119£60£456SOLD OUT
First Class£159£119£616SOLD OUT
First Class Plus£179£139£696SOLD OUT
Premier Dining£279£239£1096SOLD OUT

* Please Note Premier Dining not available from these stations

Table for Two seats are available at a supplement of £35 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.


Motive power is expected to be a DB Cargo class 67 locomotive to Shrewsbury and return & Network Rail class 97/3s thereafter.

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