september, 2021

08sepAll DayPOSTPONED - The Cambrian Coast Express IIUnfortunately this excursion is postponed due to a bridge strike at Machynlleth

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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Unfortunately, we cannot run this excursion due to a Bridge Strike which occurred close to Machynlleth during the last week of August.

We are looking to re-date this tour to May 2022 but this it to be confirmed. Retained bookings will have their prices held, new bookings may be subject to a price increase.

We are very sorry for the disappointment caused.

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 world 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 to 1800): A compact resort and start of a circular trip, featuring a river ferry and a walk over the Barmouth Bridge..

Option B – MINFFORDD & PORTMEIRION (1350/1700): 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 (1405/1650): A very pleasant port and town, home to several narrow gauge railways.

Option D – PWLLHELI (1435/1620): Market town of the Lleyn Peninsula with marina.  And lines end of course!

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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