Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Trip to Port Talbot

It's always the way, I don't go anywhere for months and then get two trips in the same week. After the day in Birmingham last Tuesday, on the Thursday I was off on my travels again, this time to Port Talbot to see family and to watch smallest granddaughter (aged 3½) perform in a ballet. I drove to the station in Machynlleth and paid to park the car at the storage place. There was, theoretically, a parking space in the station car park, but the cars on either side had parked right up to the white lines, so even if I could have squeezed our Daihatsu 4x4 into the space, there was no way I'd be able to open the doors to get out!

Machynlleth station is small and old, but it has a little cafe where you can buy sweets, crisps, cups of tea and coffee, various sandwiches and bacon and sausage baps.

Station coffee shop

The waiting area has been made cheerful with a display of artwork done by one of the local primary schools.

Station artwork

I'd arrived fairly early because I hadn't bought a ticket in advance. I was able to take advantage of the special offer for over-55s and the ticket only cost £29 instead of the £69 it would normally have been. After a while, the first half of the train arrived.

The train arrives!

Shortly after, another two coaches arrived from a different direction, the two parts were coupled together and we set off -- for Shrewsbury. Yes, in order to get from North Wales to South Wales by train, you have to go via England!

(To be continued...)

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