THE MOAT LANE JUNCTION TO BRECON LINE
This used to run off the Cambrian Railways/Great Western Railway Oswestry to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth line from Moat Lane Junction (just south of Caersws) to Llanidloes and then via Rhayader, Builth Wells, Three Cocks Junction and Talyllyn Junction to Brecon.
Prior to closure of the line in December 1962, there were just a couple of trains a day that ran the entire 60 mile route; stopping at every station and halt on the way (all 24 of them), the journey took 2¾ hours. Freight from Moat Lane Junction to Llanidloes continued until October 1967.
Click on Lost Lines in the Llanidloes area for details of the Moat Lane to Llanidloes section. From Llanidloes the line ran south to Tylwch Halt (the station here is now a private house with that name), Glan-yr-Afon, Pantydwr, St Harmons, Marteg Halt and on to Rhayader.
These properties are in Rhayader or close to the old line to the north of the town:-
Farmhouse Apartment near Rhayader - A very attractive 4* farmhouse apartment for two 3½ miles north of Rhayader, superbly located on an organic working farm in the Wye Valley.
Cottage near Rhayader - A superb 4* barn conversion on the same farm as above; three bedrooms (double, twin, double + single) and a cot.
Cottage near Rhayader - This 4* cottage, beautifully renovated in character and particularly well-furnished, has double and twin bedrooms + cot and is in a similar location to the above.
Bungalow at Rhayader - Within walking distance of the centre of the attractive market town of Rhayader, this detached bungalow (off Station Road!) sleeps four in three bedrooms.
Cottage at Rhayader - A traditional cottage near the centre of Rhayader in a quiet location; two bedrooms (double and a small room with bunks), pet welcome.
Just west of Rhayader is the Elan Valley Trail which is a path following the route of a branch line that was used in the construction of the Elan Valley dams; it finishes 8 miles further up the valley at Craig Goch Dam.
The main line continued south to Doldowlod, Newbridge-on-Wye and on towards Builth Wells. Click on Lost Lines in the Brecon and Builth Wells areas for details of the remainder of this route.
House at Newbridge-on-Wye - A detached and spacious very high quality, well-equipped house in a rural location to the east of the former line through the village; two double or twin bedrooms.
House at Newbridge-on-Wye - A self-contained part of a Victorian vicarage with its own driveway and entrance and located close to the former line. Graded 5*, it has a king-size bedroom and one with either another king-size or a double bed; pet welcome.
THE KINGTON/NEW RADNOR, PRESTEIGNE AND EARDISLEY BRANCHES
The main branch ran west from Leominster to Kingsland and Pembridge to Kington and on to New Radnor via Stanner and Dolyhir. Just before Kington, there were junctions for a branch to Presteigne to the north and another ran south through Lyonshall and Almeley to join the Hereford to Hay-on-Wye line at Eardisley. The last passenger trains ran in 1955 and all freight services were withdrawn by 1964.
These properties are in the New Radnor and Presteigne areas:-
Bungalow near New Radnor - A very comfortable bungalow set in its own lawned grounds 2 miles from New Radnor; sleeps five, cot, dog welcome.
Farmhouse near Presteigne - A spacious, very attractive stone farmhouse in a secluded position 1 mile north of Norton, between Knighton and Presteigne; sleeps eight, pet welcome.
Bungalow near Presteigne - The hamlet of Kinnerton is 2½ miles NE of New Radnor shop; this very pleasant, detached 5* bungalow has double and a twin bedrooms.
Cottage near New Radnor - Dating back to the early C19th, this detached 4* cottage is located 1½ miles NE of New Radnor on the owner's sheep farm; 3 bedrooms (pine four poster and 2 twins), cot.