Following on from my post where we spent the morning at Devil's Bridge we then boarded the train for Aberystwyth.
The engine that pulled the train we travelled on.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway opened in 1902 and was used to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic. The track is narrow gauge and allows the railway to follow the contours of the land and has many sharp curves an steep gradients.
Loading the coal
This is a wonderful way to see the stunning scenery of the Rheidol Valley. On the way to Aberystwyth we weren't near the window so didn't get to take many photos, taking most of them on the way back so they are a bit further own on this post.
It was an overcast day, but we still have a lovely time. It is amazing to think that Aberystwyth was hit so badly by floods only late last year, as the town must have worked incredibly hard to get it all cleaned up and repaired as it really wasn't at all obvious.
We had a little wander round and headed for the coast and the castle.
This was certainly a grand building and is Old College Aberystwyth University
What a place to go to University - right on the sea front! Good fresh sea air to clear the brain
We enjoyed walking round the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle and the sun even came out.
All too soon it seemed we had to make our way back to the train station.
We were pulled by a different steam engine on the way back to Devil's Bridge.
Some of the spectacular views of the valley on the way back.
It was so picturesque
Such a pretty valley.
Just look at that waterfall.
Back at Devil's Bridge the engine is uncoupled from the train and I take the opportunity to get a couple of shots of it.