Day Itinerary – History of a nation
Morning: The Talyllyn Railway is an historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol. A coalfired narrow-gauge steam train takes you on a 2½ hour trip through unspoilt Snowdonia, with the chance to stop for a picnic. The world's first volunteer-run preserved railway dates back to 1865 and original locomotives are still in use. The history of the Talyllyn Railway is inextricably tied up with the history of Bryn Eglwys slate quarry. All but invisible from the main valley road and from the present-day terminus of the Talyllyn Railway at Nant Gwernol, the quarry once employed 300 men and in its time produced 300,000 tons of slate. At the Railway station, there’s also a fascinating, free admission Narrow Gauge Railway Museum containing a special section devoted to the Reverend W. V. Awdry, creator of "Thomas the Tank Engine". Awdry was an early volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway, and its history and his experiences were the inspiration for his "Skarloey Railway" on which operated thinly disguised counterparts of Talyllyn locomotives. The collection includes a reconstruction of part of the Reverend Awdrey's study from his last home in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Also at the station you’ll find a licensed Café, shops, disabled facilities, and playground.
Contact: Talyllyn Railway, Wharf Station, Tywyn, LL36 9EY
Tel: 01654 710472
Talyllyn Railway / e: [email protected]