In 1998 a group of local railway enthusiasts began to explore the viability of preserving as much as possible of the former Tanat Valley Light Railway which originally operated from Llynclys Junction in England to Llangynog in Wales.
They quickly realised the historical importance of this former ‘valley’ line not only for its multiple connections with other railways in the area, (it had connections with both the Cambrian Railway Company
and also the former Shropshire and Montgomery line, The Potts) but also for its position in the evolution of railway transport of the time.
The Tanat Valley line was the first cross border light railway and led the way in opening up the more remote Welsh valleys for both tourism and trade.
The TVLR is a registered charity which aims to preserve as much as possible of the former Tanat Valley Light Railway system and its associated railway networks.
The original Tanat Valley Light Railway was the first cross border light railway crossing from England into Wales and meandering up the fantastic Tanat Valley and providing links to Llanymynech and Llanfyllin via its other branches.
In 2004 the TVLR acquired a section of disused track bed and is currently restoring it in conjunction with another local railway preservation group, in order to provide a unique visitor attraction at Nant Mawr.
The TVLR has leased approx 25 acres of adjoining land to turn into a country park and railway attraction. Money raised through memberships is one important way of funding the many projects associated with the overall plan, one such project is the re-erection of a Colonel Stevens type building recently saved from demolition to serve as a visitor centre/ cafe and museum.
A grant of £5,000 – Awards for All – from the National Lottery has been won to allow quality fencing to be put round the perimiter of the land it owns and leases at Nantmawr and other locations. Further details of this will be issued in early 2006.
Please contact us if you want more details about our projects or to obtain a membership form, all monies from memberships will go the the TVLR to further their aims.