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The Heart of Wales Line Trail


Rail Ramblers have recently been out celebrating the launch of the first stage

of the Heart of Wales Line Trail, a new long-distance trail through the beautiful

countryside along the Heart of Wales line.


The official launch of the Craven Arms to Knighton leg of the Trail took place on

Tuesday 4th July at Craven Arms. After a short opening ceremony on the station

platform, over 80 trail supporters and excited local walkers (including a good

number of our own Rail Ramblers) piled into a single-carriage train and headed

for Broome. From there, Les Lumsdon (one of the Trail’s creators) and Mike

Ledlie led nearly 80 of us on a very successful walk along the new Trail back to

Craven Arms.


Les and Mike are well-known to Rail Ramblers as they regularly lead walks for us. As a follow-up to the official launch, on Saturday 15th July they led a Rail Ramble along a second, longer section of the Trail, this time between Bucknell and Knighton, with fantastic views across Shropshire and Powys.


If you’d like to find out more about it – or to offer support - please click on the Heart of Wales Line Trail. For an article on the launch,

please see the Shropshire Star by clicking here.


If you’d like to explore some of the countryside through which the Heart of Wales line runs, then take a look at our current programme. We have at least one Heart of Wales line walk every month for the rest of 2017 and, as ever, you’d be welcome to join us.




Important news about Rail Rambles


Many of you will be aware that Rail Rambles has for many months been trying to resolve some internal organisational issues related to the need to insure our volunteer walk leaders and organisers.


We’re happy to say that on the 25th of April, following a discussion and vote at a meeting of leaders and organisers, we set up an unincorporated association (a formal group with a constitution and committee structure). The leaders and organisers will be its members, and the Rail Rambles themselves will remain as they are now, free and open to anyone who turns up on the day, with no membership needed. This is a model which has been working well for Lancashire Rail Ramblers for some years.


Our intent is that all the walks on our current programme (until the end of June) will go ahead as advertised. After that, it’s possible that the balance of walks on our programmes may change: keep an eye on the website.





Transport for Wales Consultation about the Future Rail Franchise


Thank you to everyone who replied to our request for comments about our proposed response to the Transport for Wales consultation about the future Wales & Borders Franchise. We had an overwhelming response and many very helpful comments some of which have been used in our formal response. This has now been submitted to TfW; please click here if you wish to read it.

The process may now go quiet, possibly until early next year when the announcement about the successful bidder for the future franchise is expected to be made. More news will be posted on this page as it becomes available.



Grahame Cox Memorial Walk 2017

Saturday 20th May was a record-breaking day for Rail Rambles. We took the Talyllyn Railway from Tywyn

up to Quarry Siding Halt, just beyond Dolgoch, and then walked back. Nothing very different from many other Saturday walks in this area over the years except that Grahame Cox wasn’t there.


After being a Rail Ramble leader since 1999 and, especially in the Tywyn area where he lived, health issues

forced him to stop walking and, very sadly, he passed away last year. So, at the beginning of the walk, we

all paused to remember Grahame and his contribution to Rail Rambles. Various places along the route,

which several of us had walked with him before, brought back specific personal memories of Grahame.

What made it a really special occasion was that Pat, his widow, accompanied by most of his children and

grand-children joined us for the whole walk.


This was, indeed, a notable occasion for Rail Rambles - three generations of one family on a

walk; the first ‘record’ of a very special day. Including the family, 44 of us completed the

8½ mile walk - a ‘record’ number on a Rail Ramble, at least in recent years, and the total

value of tickets was well over £500 - another ‘record’. All of which, in different ways,

demonstrated how well liked Grahame was. Despite not leading since 2014, his leadership

style and unique sense of humour continues to be missed.


Indeed, he was with us all day on Saturday in spirit. Grahame, your memory lives on!

Thank you for all the excellent walks.