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Taking water at Dolgoch Station
Taking water at Dolgoch Station

About Tal y Llyn Railway

Running continuously since 1865, the Talyllyn Railway was built originally to carry slate from the Bryn Eglwys Quarry outside Abergynolwyn to Tywyn wharf, where the slate was transhipped onto the mainline railway for onward shipping. The railway became the world’s first preserved railway in 1951, being run and operated entirely by volunteers.

Today, the 7.25mile long journey runs from the main station at Tywyn, along the picturesque Fathew Valley, travellng through rich farmland, ancient woodland and across ravines.

The trip takes about an hour each way. Your ticket allows you to break your journey and extend your day: you could take a country walk, explore wooded paths, discover waterfalls or visit the beach.
Loco No.2 steams up the Fathew Valley
Loco No.2 steams up the Fathew Valley
Tywyn Wharf station is home to the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, which tells the story of little railways across Britain, including the link to the Rev W Awdry, author of the railway series and Thomas the Tank engine. The station also houses a Cafe serving hot and cold menus, lunch time specials and a licensed bar. The onsite shop has a extensive range of railway and local gifts for sale.

The Quarryman’s Tea Room at Abergynolwyn, where the train has a 30minute stop, serves a range of refreshments and light bites.

Pre-bookable hampers and afternoon or cream teas can be added to the journey, as well as an upgrade to first class!


  • Car Parking
  • Coach Parking
  • Disabled Facilities

Tour Details

  • Minimum Number In Tour
  • 1
  • Maximum Number In Tour
  • 60
  • Scheduled Tours
  • Yes
  • Tailored Tours
  • Yes

Visit Information

  • Advanced Booking Required?
  • Yes

Special Rates

  • Special Group Rates
  • Yes
  • Minimum Number In Group
  • 20


  • English
Talyllyn - The Worlds First Preserved Rail


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