August is the main month for train operations on the Corris Railway with trains running on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between Corris station and Maespoeth Junction. It is intended that the trains should be headed by steam locomotive No. 7, although if a problem arises a diesel may have to substitute. Trains leave Corris station at hourly intervals between 11.00 and 16.00. The Museum and sales area at Corris will be open and other refreshments can be purchased in the village café, less than 100 yards from the station.
For the younger family members, especially those who like tales of magical events August 3rd and 4th are days to note as any child dressed as a wizard or a dragon will travel for free on the trains and there will be children’s activities once the train reaches Maespoeth Junction. Some home-made refreshments might also prove tempting.
August Bank Holiday Weekend sees trains operating but in addition there is the Model Railway Exhibition taking place at Y Plas in Machynlleth. As in the past there will be layouts in various scales with some emphasis leaning towards narrow gauge and minimum space operations. For those of an age to remember the model trains they wanted but whose pocket money always fell short of the target there will be layouts featuring the now discontinued Tri-ang TT and Trix Twin ranges. Sales stands will sell model equipment, railwayana, books and DVDs and we should not forget Kate Packham’s stand selling jewellery and ornaments made of recycled and recovered glass. Refreshments are available and there is free parking close by. The doors are open between 10.00 and 16.30 on each day, giving a chance to ride the trains and also visit the exhibition.
Machynlleth offers a wide range of pubs, cafes and takeaways for anyone wishing to enjoy a lunch or afternoon tea.