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Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Details

Located at the Tywyn Wharf terminus of the Talyllyn Railway, the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles, throughout a period spanning some 200 years.

The collection ranges from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as paperwork, signaling equipment and tickets. As such, it is a unique and comprehensive record of these fascinating railways, nearly 80 of which are represented in the collection.

The Museum displays contain 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 scarcely disguised counterparts of Talyllyn locomotives.

The collection includes a reconstruction of part of the Reverend Awdry's study from his last home in Stroud, Gloucestershire. See The Awdry Connection and the Museum web site and for further information on the Awdry and Thomas connection.

Temporary Exhibitions
This year there are three events being celebrated:-

60th Anniversary of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
60th Anniversary of the TR Railway Letter Service
TR Carriages and builders

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

Opening details

2017 opening days:-
18 February to 26 February, 10am to 3pm
18 March, 19 March, 10am to 2pm
25 March, 26 March, 10am to 2pm
1 April to 7 April, 10am to 2pm
8 April to 23 April, 10am to 3pm
24 April to 14 May, 10am to 2pm

Prices

Free entry

Donations welcome.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • 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
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 584003  Lat: 52.58286 Long: -4.09002

By Rail:
Located at Tywyn Wharf station on the Talyllyn Railway.

By Road:
Tywyn is on the A493 road from Machynlleth to Dolgellau.
Approaching from Aberdyfi on the main road Wharf Station is on the left. Coming from Dolgellau, go through the town centre past the National Railways station for 300yds and Wharf station is on the right.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Tywyn (mainline) station

Contact

The Curator

01654 710472

Address

Talyllyn Railway,
Gorsaf Wharf Station,
Tywyn,
Gwynedd,
LL36 9EY

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