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Talyllyn Railway

Tywyn, Gwynedd


No. 2 Dolgoch at Talyllyn Station
on the Talyllyn Railway 

 Another of the trains

7 miles of 2ft 3in gauge track along the Fathew Valley from Tywyn Wharf near the coast of Cardigan Bay, to Nant Gwernol, three miles from the lake which gives the railway its name. Much of the route is within the Snowdonia National Park

One of the Great Little Trains of Wales, this railway runs on a 2ft 3 inch gauge.

It originally opened in 1865 and still has two of its original locomotives, these trains run on some Saturdays with carriages from the same period, they also have 4 other steam and 4 diesel locomotives. The line was the first narrow gauge railway to be designed to be operated with steam locomotives, and was built like many of the narrow gauge railways in North Wales, to serve the slate industry, but also carried passengers almost from the outset. The line ran only as far as Abergynolwyn, from where Bryn Eglwys quarry was reached by cable-worked inclines.

Tywyn (Wharf), the main station on the Talyllyn, has refreshment rooms and souvenir shop  with car park and toilet facilities. It is also the location of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum with free admission.

The other end is at Nant Gwernol, a station over seven miles from Tywyn with no road access. At the end of the platform is a footpath up a steep incline which formerly carried the slate wagons to a tramway leading eventually to Bryn Eglwys quarry, further up in the hills. Abergynolwyn station, on the B4405, is half a mile from the end of the line and has road access with a car park. In total their site map shows 7 stations and 4 halts (request stops). Car parks are near to Tywyn Wharf, Dolgoch Falls and Abergynolwyn stations.

Dolgoch Falls , three sets of waterfalls in a beautiful wooded ravine, are served by Dolgoch station and many passengers alight here before rejoining the train later in the day.

Stations including Post codes for Satnavs:

Tywyn Wharf Station: LL36 9EY
Towyn Pendre Station: LL36 9EP
Rhydyronen Station: LL36 9RD
Brynglas Station: LL36 9PY
Dolgoch Falls Station: LL36 9UW
Abergynolwyn Station: 1/4 mile south-west of LL36 9UR

Further information Grid



Talyllyn Railway

Ceremonial County: Cardiganshire

Grid Reference:

SH 585004

Map Link:



Aerial photo:  


7.25 miles of 2'3" track

Best Times to Visit:





Narrow Gauge Railways museum (runs railway and a museum at one station) http://www.ngrm.org.uk/

Other useful websites:

Great little trains of Wales

Railways in Wales

Wiki       Wiki Images

Narrow Gauge pleasure  

Nearby Locations:

Dolgoch Falls

Also on site is the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (Free admission)

Other Relevant pages:

Great little trains of Wales article



Date Updated: 06/2008


Planning Grid


Talyllyn Railway, Gwynedd

Grid Reference:

SH 585004

Getting there:

Tywyn is on the A493 road north of the Dovey estuary.
The Talyllyn Railway's Tywyn (Wharf) station is a quarter-of-a-mile from the Cambrian Coast Line station of Tywyn.
Abergynolwyn station is off the B4405 road between Tywyn and Talyllyn Lake




Near to Tywyn Wharf, Dolgoch Falls and Abergynolwyn stations.

Difficult or unavailable at most others



Things To Do, See and Photograph:


What to take:


Nature highlights:



Wharf Station




LL36 9EY


01654 710472

Opening times:

Easter to the end of October and at Christmas,
see website for dates and times.


Day Rover (unlimited travel from any station)
Adult 11.00; Accompanied children 5-15 years 2.00
Eight Day Runabout ticket (obtainable only at Tywyn Wharf) giving unlimited travel over eight consecutive days: Adults 33.00; Accompanied children 6.00.

Children under 5 travel free.
Reduced fares available for Senior Citizens and Disabled passengers, and for parties of 15 and over.

There are individual fares between different stations, and a small charge for bicycles and dogs.

Photo Restrictions:


Other Restrictions:  
Special Needs Access:  
Special Needs Facilities: There are toilet facilities for passengers in wheelchairs at Tywyn Wharf and Abergynolwyn stations, and special carriages are always available for wheelchairs, except on Vintage and Victorian Trains. It helps if you can let them know that you are coming so they can make arrangements and provide assistance.

Some stations are not accessible by wheelchair or to those with walking difficulties due to the steep access via footpaths. Parking is difficult at many of the halts and smaller stations.

Children Facilities:  
Dogs Allowed: Yes

CIN Page Ref:


Date Updated: 06/2008

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