Two popular visitor attractions in Aberystwyth have worked together to ensure that the resort’s Cliff Railway is ready for the busy summer tourist season.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway’s workshops won the contract to supply new wheels for coaches on the Cliff Railway. The wheels were manufactured by skilled apprentices through the ‘Our past is their future’ training programme and project. Vale of Rheidol Railway believes it is important to pass on specialist skills to ensure this knowledge and experience will not be lost.
This job is a good example of what the railway’s apprentices have achieved through this programme and how they have expanded their skills and knowledge guided by the engineering team, which has set them up for the future.
Alun Davies, Cliff Railway manager, said:
“The Cliff Railway is very fortunate to have the co-operation of the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Over the past few years, we have worked together on some marketing initiatives and with this latest project to manufacture four new complete axles for our carriages which has been made possible by their new workshop facilities.
“The importance of the Vale of Rheidol Railway and the Cliff Railway to tourism in the Aberystwyth area, and in fact for tourism in Mid Wales, shows in the rise in visitor numbers we have both had over the last few years and I do hope that the museum project that The Vale of Rheidol has planned will get the financial backing it needs soon as this again will greatly enhance Aberystwyth’s visitor numbers even further.”
The Vale of Rheidol Railway’s workshops have restored several locomotives that are used for railways and museums throughout the UK.
Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines, it has been carrying tourists to the beauty spot of Devil’s Bridge for over a hundred years!
The journey starts in Aberystwyth, in the heart of Cardigan Bay and runs for 12 miles to Devil’s Bridge, home of the famous Mynach Falls in the Cambrian Mountains. Passengers enjoy the views, the sound of the narrow gauge steam engine and a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.