Journeys – Welshpool to Aberystwyth with Arriva Trains Wales:

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Welshpool station is an unmanned station with direct services to Shrewsbury, Telford, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International to the East and Newtown, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, and all stations to Pwllheli to the West. 
My first piece of advice would be buying your ticket at the information centre in Welshpool or on the train itself. There is an automatic ticket machine on the station itself but when I traveled it was taking people’s money but not issuing tickets (fellow travellers told me that the machine was regularly broken). 
The second bit of advice is to sit facing forwards on the right-hand side of the train. This will give you the best views of the countryside, the river Dovey and the estuary across to Aberdovey. You will also get to see the National Library of Wales as you pull into Aberystwyth. 
The journey time was approximately 1.5 hours and when I travelled, the trains were all on time. The train was made up of four carriages that divided at Machynlleth with two carriages continuing to Aberystwyth. A refreshment trolley was available and made two trips through the train during my journey. 
The train itself was very clean inside, although I wish the windows were a little cleaner to see the passing countryside. The staff were very friendly and made sure they helped their customers when necessary. 
Overall, I enjoyed the journey especially the lovely Welsh countryside we travelled through on our way to the coast. The train was on time which is so important and the staff were great. Well done Arriva Trains Wales. 

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