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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Experience, £350-£700

Talyllyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway

Details

‘You blow the whistle, release the brakes and open the regulator. A hiss of steam and the train starts to move - the start of the journey and the start of an experience of a lifetime’.

Learn to drive a historic steam locomotive hauling your own private train, bring your family and friends to share the experience. On your exclusive course you will have the full attention of three, fully qualified Talyllyn Railway staff (a Driver, Fireman and Guard).
There are two packages available:
* ‘Daylight Evening’ giving one return trip with sandwiches and light refreshments.
* ‘Full Day’ with two return trips, buffet lunch and refreshments
On both courses you will haul a normal rake of coaches in which your guests may travel. Each experience is tailored to suit, and we are well used to organising one as a surprise for the recipient, so don’t be afraid to ask! The experience may be tailored to your special event and we will do our utmost to accommodate any special requirements that fit with you or the occasion.

For all experiences, single-line operation safety requirements apply and tokens are exchanged at every block post. This allows practice at stopping and starting the train. During breaks it will be possible to discuss the history of the line, its operation and its continued development - the questions are yours to ask.

On arrival at the Locomotive Shed at Pendre, the Guest Driver will be met, and the Talyllyn Driver will give you a safety briefing, and will make sure that you are well prepared. For the full day experience, there will be the opportunity to help your crew to prepare the locomotive at the start of the day, and to enjoy the atmosphere in the shed, which is the oldest steam shed in continuous use.

From our previous experience, we are confident that you will enjoy your day! The small size of our narrow gauge locos means that only one visitor can be on the locomotive at a time, so our Driver Experience trains really are exclusive - the whole of each trip is yours. The train is private, you can bring your family and friends to travel in the carriages. You can even bring your dog!

If you are interested, but would like further information, or would like to know if a particular date is available, please feel free to contact us to discuss the details at the address below, or email de@talyllyn.co.uk .

Type: Driver Experience

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs accepted

King's Licenced Cafe & Bistro - at Tywyn Wharf station open from breakfast to afternoon tea, and on selected evenings. Gift Shop - a wide range of gifts, books, models and souvenirs at Tywyn Wharf station. The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Free museum at Tywyn Wharf telling the story of the narrow gauge railways of Wales and beyond. Quarryman's Caban - tea rooms at Abergynolwyn station, open when train are running. Most trains take a 20-30 minute break here. Railway car parks at Tywyn Wharf (£1 )and Abergynolwyn (Free). There is a privately owned car park at Dolgoch Falls (charges).

Open all the time

Prices

Full Day Footplate Experience
Available all year round except during peak services (pink timetable). Cost: £700.00

Daylight Evening Footplate Experience
(Available from April to September) Cost: £350.00

Three guests can travel on your train inclusive of the cost. Additional guests travel for £10. Food is included for all guests.

Contact

Lorraine Simkiss

01654 710472

Address

Gorsaf Wharf Station,
Tywyn,
Gwynedd,
LL36 9EY

Directions

Plan route to Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 585004  Lat: 52.58294 Long: -4.08988

Tywyn is on the A493 road from Machynlleth to Dolgellau. Approaching from Aberdyfi, Wharf station is on the left. Coming from Dolgellau, go through the town centre past the National Rail station for 300yds and we are on the right. Large car park 100 yards away.

Parking is also available at Dolgoch and Abergynolwyn stations, located on the B4405 Bryncrug to Talyllyn road.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Tywyn station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

King's Licenced Cafe & Bistro - at Tywyn Wharf station open from breakfast to afternoon tea, and on selected evenings. Gift Shop - a wide range of gifts, books, models and souvenirs at Tywyn Wharf station. The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Free museum at Tywyn Wharf telling the story of the narrow gauge railways of Wales and beyond. Quarryman's Caban - tea rooms at Abergynolwyn station, open when train are running. Most trains take a 20-30 minute break here. Railway car parks at Tywyn Wharf (£1 )and Abergynolwyn (Free). There is a privately owned car park at Dolgoch Falls (charges).

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 8
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

  • Disability Access Statement is available online at http://talyllyn.co.uk/access or by phoning 01654 710472.

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