The Talyllyn Railway is the first preserved railway in the World, known affectionately as ‘The Railway with a Heart of Gold’. It was over 150 years ago, in 1865, that the line opened and in 1951 the Preservation Society was born to take over the Railway after the death of the owner Sir Haydn Jones ... More info ›
The Talyllyn Railway is the first preserved railway in the World, known affectionately as ‘The Railway with a Heart of Gold’. It was over 150 years ago, in 1865, that the line opened and in 1951 the Preservation Society was born to take over the Railway after the death of the owner Sir Haydn Jones. The heritage steam engines transport passengers from Tywyn, the coastal town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, to Nant Gwernol buried deep in the mountains above Abergynolwyn.
The journey itself crosses more than seven miles of spectacular scenery within sight of one of Britain’s highest mountains, Cadair Idris. The journey takes 55 minutes up the line from Tywyn through the ancient woodlands and meadows of the Fathew Valley. En route keep your eyes peeled for Red Kites, Cormorants and lots of other unique wildlife. The cosy covered & open carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line.
Follow up with a visit to the Narrow Gauge Railway museum on site.
Visit: Talyllyn Railway, Wharf Station, Tywyn LL36 9EY, UK
Your personal railway adventure…
… steam through the charming Fathew valley in Snowdonia National Park on the Talyllyn Railway, the world’s first preserved railway. Your comfortable carriage pulled by a historic steam engine will take you past streams and waterfalls, through a remote and beautiful valley in the Merioneth mountains oozing Celtic mystery – discover an amazing, timeless landscape
Duration: 3 hours
Visit: Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Wharf Station, Neptune Rd, Tywyn LL36 9EY, UK
Discover the world of Narrow Gauge Railways through video, sound and over 800 items on display, from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as paperwork, signalling equipment and tickets. With nearly 90 railways represented in our collection, it provides a unique and comprehensive record of the 200 year history of these railways.
See how narrow gauge railways transformed the Welsh slate industry and were used during World War 1. Learn how a steam locomotive works, and take the controls on the footplate of William Finlay. On the upper floor, try our quizzes, jigsaws and interactive displays.
Also on the upper floor is a re-creation of the study used by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, the author of the Thomas the Tank Engine railway series books, who was a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway. See artefacts from his life, and listen to some of his stories read by Jonny Morris.
Duration: 30 minutes