Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Devil's Bridge / Pontarfynach (DVB)

Information
Type: Preserved Railway (Vale of Rheidol)
Station code: DVB
Opened: 1902
Devil's Bridge (Pontarfynach in Welsh) is the terminus of the Vale of Rheidol railway, a 603mm narrow gauge that runs from Aberystwyth. The station, which is over 200m above sea level, was opened along with the rest of the line for freight first and later passengers in 1902 [1].

The line was opened as the Vale of Rheidol Light Railway and was later taken over by Cambrian Railways, Great Western Railways and British Railways. The line remained part of BR until privatisation in 1989 and indeed the steam locomotives that operate on the line were the last British Rail owned steam locomotives (some even carrying the double arrow for a time!)

Devil's Bridge has a small station building (which is still the original) and a nearby shop/cafe. As its a terminus there is a run around loop and a small engine shed. A goods siding and shed were out of use by the 1940s and were later removed.
Bilingual station name sign

View of the station from a nearby bridge

The engine prepares to run around the train

[1] Vic Mitchell, Corris and Vale of Rheidol (Middleton Press, 2009) p. 6