Mid Wales

Floods wash away rail track bed on Vale of Rheidol line

Tracks remain at Vale of Rheidol Railway but the track bed has been washed away
Image caption Tracks remain but the track bed has been washed away

About 150ft (45m) of track at a steam railway has been left suspended in the air after the land beneath was washed away by floods in mid Wales.

The incident happened along the line of the Vale of Rheidol railway near Aberystwyth on Saturday.

Services have been suspended on the railway which runs between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge.

"The track is now literally suspended in mid air - but still connected to either side," said a spokesperson.

Bosses stopped services on Saturday due to flooding in the Ceredigion area.

They realised the extent of the track bed problem while carrying out line checks on Sunday to survey for damage.

They say the line will be closed for at least a week.

At the height of the flooding in mid Wales on Saturday about 1,000 people had to move to safety as flood water hit communities across the area, stretching into Powys.

Householders started to return to properties to survey the damage on Sunday.

Meanwhile, North Wales Police evacuated residents in Pennal , Gwynedd, as a safety precaution over concerns about a crack in a reservoir dam outside the village which has already been hit by flooding.

Image caption Workers survey the line which runs between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge

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