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