Narrow Gauge Pleasure
Railways in North Wales
The Bala Lake Railway
As you have probably guessed this 2' gauge railway carries passengers along theshores of picturesque lake Bala.
The Corris Railway
The Corris Railway is said to be the oldest Narrow Gauge Railway in Wales, although it adopted steam traction later than many. It shares it's unusual 2'3" gauge with the nearby Talyllyn. A gallant restoration effort means that the first passenger trains since 1931 will be run very soon.
Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway
A miniature railway of 12 1/4" at Fairbourne on the West coast of Wales. This 2 1/2 mile line carries passengers on its, mainly steam hauled, trains to Porth Penryhn where a ferry is available (in season) to the holiday resort of Barmouth.
The Ffestiniog Railway
A 2' gauge railway which at one time carried a significant proportion of the world supply of slate from the quarries at blaenau Ffestiniog to the port of Porthmadog for shipping around the World. Now carries tourists on a spectacular 14 mile journey high into the mountains.
The Llanberis Lake Railway
A 2' gauge railway which is laid alongside Llyn Padarn at Llanberis where the grand landscape and the fascinating history of the slate industry prove a magnet for the tourist.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway
This railway was probably the last 2' gauge mineral railway to be built in Wales. Now nearing 100 years old it carries tourists from the seaside centre of Aberystwyth to the popular beauty spot of Devils Bridge along a wild, beautiful and remote valley.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway
Britain's only Rack railway carries visitors from its headquarters in the attractive Welsh town of Llanberis to the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales.
The Talyllyn Railway
This delightful little railway is where the entire railway preservation movement started. It is also the first narrow gauge railway in the world to be built for steam haulage. Originally built for slate haulage, today it carries tourists 6 1/2 miles up the valley from Tywyn on the west coast of Wales to Nant Gwernol past the spectacular Dolgoch falls.
The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
A 2' 6" gauge railway linking the towns of Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion.
The Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway project is now nearing completion. This is the largest and most spectacular narrow gauge railway restoration project in the UK.
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