The Talyllyn Railway

The world's first preserved railway

Talyllyn Railway, Wharf Station, Tywyn, LL36 9EY

The Talyllyn Railway is the worlds first preserved railway, and a must-have place to visit on your trip to Tywyn. Originally built in 1866 for carrying slate from Abergynolwyn to Tywyn, it runs for 7.25 miles through beautiful and unspoilt countryside – passing through the delightful Dolgoch Falls along the way. And with the excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol, it’s a great family day out.

History of the Talyllyn Railway

Since preservation in 1951, the Talyllyn Railway has thrived as a tourist attraction. In 1976, an extension was opened along the former mineral line from Abergynolwyn to the new station at Nant Gwernol. In 2001, the preservation society celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in 2005 a major rebuilding and extension of Tywyn Wharf station took place, including a much-expanded facility for the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Tywyn Wharf station is also home to the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, which tells the fascinating story of over 90 little railways across Britain and their 200 year history. Enjoy the museum experience through video, sound and with over 800 items on display – from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as signalling equipment and tickets.

See how narrow gauge railways transformed the Welsh slate industry and how the trains were used during World War 1. Learn how a steam locomotive works, and take the controls on the footplate of William Finlay.

How to get to the Talyllyn Railway

Approaching Tywyn from Aberdyfi, the Talyllyn’s Wharf station is on the left. Coming from Dolgellau, go through the town centre past the National Rail station for 300yds and you will see the Talyllyn Railway are on your right. There is a large pay & display car park 100 yards away. Parking is also available at Dolgoch and Abergynolwyn stations, located on the B4405 Bryncrug to Talyllyn road.

How to buy tickets

You can buy tickets for The Talyllyn Railway directly from their website or at the station office.

The Talyllyn Railway Gallery