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Museum - Transport, free entry

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Guage 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 acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs 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.

Buy souvenirs and tickets

Contact

The Curator

01654 710472

Address

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

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Narrow Gauge Railway Museum using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

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

By Rail:
We are a 300 yard walk from the National Rail Station at Tywyn. We are 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 Rail Station for 300 yards and Tywyn Wharf station is on the right.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Tywyn (mainline) 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
  • 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)
    • YesRamp

Dining

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit
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