Heritage Railway Line: the Llangollen to Berwyn shuttle
With two boys in the family who love trains and a mummy who usually has a camera in her hand who is also a sucker for an old fashioned railway station, we are a family who are no strangers to heritage railway lines! This weekend we popped along to the Llangollen Heritage Railway line to ride the Llangollen to Berwyn shuttle.
What is the Llangollen Railway?
The Llangollen Heritage line follows the River Dee through the valley for around 10 miles before stopping at the town of Corwen. There are currently 4 gorgeous little stations along the route, all of which are restored to the vintage Western Railway colours. They make for some seriously beautiful images!
The Llangollen to Berwyn shuttle
The Berwyn shuttles is hauled by steam locomotive Austerity 68067 and although it’s a very short return trip up the Dee Valley to Berwyn and back, it’s a beautiful route. It takes around 45 minutes but add on some time spent at the station beforehand and after and the experience will take around an hour and a half.
It’s a perfect duration for anyone with little ones with short attention spans, or for people who are just looking to spend an hour or so in some stunning scenery.
My two absolutely loved it. The boy loved the engine and seeing everyone dressed up in their vintage outfits. The Bear loved watching the beautiful scenery pass by through the train window.
And both LOVED the conductor who popped in to ask how they were enjoying the journey and gave them a very special ticket which he stamped for them. He played the part perfectly and the kids were so thrilled with their little token for the day.
The Berwyn shuttle is running on selected dates across the half term holidays. Tickets can be purchased on the day from the Llangollen or Berwyn stations or can be booked online in advance.
These small heritages lines take a lot of money to run and are the passion and love of the volunteers involved in them. The Llangollen Railway is a registered charity, so if you are able to go along and support them this half term, I know that every penny raised would be put to good use so future generations can enjoy these heritage lines for years to come.