The Talyllyn Railway
The Talyllyn Railway is very much a part of the area’s slate mining heritage. It was commissioned by the new owners of Bryn Eglwys slate quarry in the mid-19th century, running from the quarry to Tywyn, where it would connect with the new local coastal line, then the national railway network.
Talyllyn Railway history
Unusually, the line was owned by the quarry, yet also ran a public passenger and freight service.
Over the years, as slate mining diminished, the railway too fell into disrepair without investment and by 1950, there was only one workable locomotive, Dolgoch, and a summer-only passenger service.
At that point, the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society was formed in Birmingham, with money being donated through membership fees and donations to protect its future.
Over the following years, a supreme effort was made to maintain and improve the railway, sourcing second hand parts and rail, adding locomotives and improving tracks and passenger facilities. The original Talyllyn Railway locomotives were eventually rebuilt and returned to service. In the winter of 1968, nine additional loops were provided to enable three trains to be used to cope with the rising passenger numbers.
Plan your visit
The Talyllyn Railway has been a trailblazer for the preservation of railways in the UK and worldwide. Alongside its fascinating history, you’ll experience Victorian charm, beautifully maintained interiors and a friendly atmosphere - not to mention superb scenery - making it a wonderful day trip for all the family.
Check the Talyllyn Railway website for the timetable and ticket options giving you the choice of hopping on and off to walk in between stops, booking a private carriage or travelling in a fully-glazed saloon for the best views.
Dogs are welcome too, although they must be pre-booked with a special "rover" ticket.