Before the fell doctor took his axe to it,
there was a line from Paddington via
Ruabon up the valley to Lake Bala
and so to Barmouth on Cardigan Bay.
What is left is Llangollen to Carrog,
a heritage line run by volunteers.
They have Thomas the Tank Engine days.
The smoke boxes are covered by plastic
faces – Edward, Gordon, Thomas himself.
We go en famille and our grandchild,
predictably, is enchanted but not