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76. Take a trip on a steam engine

Steam train

Finally able to cross this off my list as on Good Friday I ventured up to Aberystwyth and travelled on the Vale of Rheidol Railway which operates a service from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The journey itself takes about an hour travelling the 11¾ miles and the views can be quite fantastic if the weather is good. The carriages are what I would call basic, they have first, second and third class carriages the third class carriages are fitted out with wooden benches and have no windows great to enjoy the great outdoors but you would need to watch the weather. Second class you enjoy a little more comfort with padded seats, I can only assume first class is better but you do have pay extra for that privilege.

On the subject of price it costs £10 for a single and £13.50 for an adult return, The train waits at its destination for one hour before returning and as they only run limited services it is always best to check the times of your return journey beforehand. I had already decided to spend the day at Devil’s Bridge so had four and a half hours to kill waiting for the last train of the day.

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