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Tanat Valley Light Railway

Tanat Valley Light Railway
1827 on the TVLR In nantmawr.
Commercial operations
Original gauge
Preserved operations
Length 13 mile (0.536 km)
Preserved gauge
Commercial history
Opened 1903/1904
Closed 1952 Passenger
1964 Freight
Preservation history
2009 Re-opened

The Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR) was a 15-mile (24 km) long standard gauge light railway connecting Llangynog with Blodwel in Wales. It opened in 1903 and closed in January 1964.[1] Part of the line was re-opened as a heritage railway in 2009.[2][3]



As early as the 1860s, a series of narrow gauge railways were planned in the Welsh borders around Oswestry and Welshpool. One of these was a connection between Llanfyllin with Llangynog, first proposed in 1873. Although this railway was never built, the local communities continued to favour a railway connection, and the passage of the Light Railways Act of 1896 gave them hope that the proposal for a gauge railway might be revived. Two rival applications were made under the act in 1897: one for the Llanfyllin & Llangynog Light Railway, and one for the standard gauge Tanat Valley Light Railway.[1]

Construction and opening

The narrow gauge railway was rejected and the TVLR was approved. Construction began in late 1899 and was largely complete by 1902, when the line was first inspected. By 1903 a second inspection found that goods traffic was already being carried by the railway, although the official opening did not happen until January 1904.[1]

Ownership changes

Although passenger services were run from the official opening day, it was always mineral traffic that provided the bulk of the railway's income. By the early 1920s the company was in severe debt and was acquired by the Cambrian Railways in 1921. In 1922 the TVLR became part of the Great Western Railway.


Passenger services ended in January 1951, with most of the line being abandoned in July 1952. The last goods traffic over the remainder of the TVLR ceased in January 1964.[1]

The site today


The Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR) is based by the Lime kilns in Nantmawr. TVLR plan to operate trains from Nantmawr to Llanddu by Blodwell Quarry. The TVLR operated the first trains over a ⅓ mile section of the track in November 2009.

Stock List

Nant Mawr visitor centre

Nant Mawr visitor centre includes a nature trail, picnic spots and a small museum.[5]


Heritage open days, Thursday 12 September 2013 to Sunday 15 September 2013.[6]



External links

  • Official Tanat Valley Light Railway website (This is now links to the Nant Mawr Vistors Centre website)
  • RAILSCOT on Tanat Valley Railway
  • Osrail - Oswestry railway news.
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