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Historic and Steam Railways in Mid Wales

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Mary Jones World
Visit Wales VAQAS

Llanycil, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YF, Tel: 0808 1784 909, Email, www.bydmaryjonesworld.org.uk

Mary Jones World is a new state of the art visitor and education centre that tells the story of Mary Jones and Thomas Charles, and the impact of world's best-selling book – on Wales and the world!

 
 
 
Ffestiniog Railway
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Harbour Station, PORTHMADOG, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF, Tel: 01766 516000, Email, www.festrail.co.uk

Rail Route: Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world, established in 1832.

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  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Talyllyn Railway
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Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY, Tel: 01654 710472, Email, www.talyllyn.co.uk

Rail Route: Tywyn - Abergynolwyn

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

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  • Rail station: Tywyn (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2DN, Tel: 01970 617642, Email, www.aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks.

 
 
Bala Lake Railway
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Llanuwchlyn Station, Llanuwchlyn, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7DD, Tel: 01678 540666, Email, www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk

Rail Route: Llanuwchllyn - Bala

One of the Great Little Trains of Wales, the railway offers a delightful 9 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train along the shores of Wales' largest natural lake.

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  • Rail station: Barmouth (23 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Vale of Rheidol Railway
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Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG, Tel: 01970 625819, Email, www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Rail Route: Aberystwyth - Devil's Bridge

All aboard the Vale of Rheidol for an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley by narrow gauge steam train.

Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Welshpool & llanfair Railway

The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0SF, Tel: 01938 810441, Email, www.wllr.org.uk

Rail Route: Llanfair Caereinion - Welshpool

A narrow gauge train trip up the steepest gradients in Britain. Steam locos and coaches from around the world. Shops and picnic areas at both termini.

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog)
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The Station Building, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9DY, Tel: 01766 513402, Email, www.whr.co.uk

The WHR (Porthmadog) is a small, friendly railway where the train ride is just part of the experience. Free guided tours at the sheds. Vintage train.

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  • Rail station: Porthmadog (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Rhiw Valley Light Railway

Lower House Farm, Manafon, Welshpool, SY21 8BJ, Tel: 07890681270, Email, www.rvlr.co.uk/

The Rhiw Valley Light Railway is a private 15 inch gauge 0.75 mile long line that has a number of Open Days from May to October.

 
 
 
Corris Mine Explorers
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF, Tel: 01654 761244, Email, www.corrismineexplorers.co.uk

A rare opportunity to explore the virtually untouched historic workings of an old Welsh slate mine with one of Wales' most experienced Mine Explorers. More than 130 years of history is captured inside waiting to be discovered.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Corris Steam Railway

Station Yard, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9SH, Tel: 01654 761303, Email, www.corris.co.uk

Rail Route: Corris - Maespoeth Junction

The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge (2 foot 3 inch) railway whose origins date back to the 1850's. The line was initially built as a horse-and-gravity worked tramroad to carry slate from the quarries of Corris Uchaf and Aberllefenni.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Brecon Mountain Railway
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Pant Station, Merthyr Tydfil, Powys, CF48 2UP, Tel: 01685 722988, Email, www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk

Rail Route: Pant - Torpantau

Travel in an all-weather observation coach behind a vintage Steam Locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons.

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  • Rail station: Merthyr Tydfil (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Dyfi Furnace
Cadw Welsh Government

Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8PD, Tel: 01443 336000, Email, cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/dyfifurnace/?lang=en

Restored mid-eighteenth-century charcoal-fired blast furnace, used for smelting iron ore.

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  • Rail station: Dovey Junction (2 miles)
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Cambrian Heritage Railways at Oswestry

Old Railway Station, Oswald Road, Oswestry, SY11 1RE, Tel: 01691 728131, Email, www.cambrianrailways.com/

Rail Route: From Oswestry Station.

The headquarters of the Cambrian Heritage Railways are in Oswald Road at Oswestry, next door to the Cambrian Railways museum; a short section of line is in operation. Steam in August; all other trains are heritage diesel multiple units.

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  • Rail station: Gobowen (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
King Arthur's Labyrinth
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Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF, Tel: 01654 761584, Email, www.kingarthurslabyrinth.co.uk

Sail through the magical veil of an underground waterfall and back to the mists of time & enter a mythical world filled with ancient Welsh Legends.Stories of dragons, giants and the legendary King Arthur told with dramatic scenes & lighting

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Cambrian Heritage Railways at Llynclys

Llynclys South Station, Llynclys, Oswestry, SY10 8LJ, Tel: 01691 728131, Email, www.cambrianrailways.com/

The Cambrian Heritage Railways operate a 1200 metre section of line from a replica, period station at Llynclys South, to Pen-y-Garreg Lane, Pant. All passenger trains are heritage diesel multiple units.

 
 
 
Rheidol Power Station

Cwmrheidol, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NF, Tel: 01970 880667, Email

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station at set times, visitor centre and interactive display.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (8 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Tanat Valley Light Railway

Nant Mawr, Oswestry, SY10 9HW, Tel: 01948 781079, www.nantmawrvisitorcentre.co.uk/tanat-valley-light-railway

he Tanat Valley Light Railway is a charity which owns the last remaining section of the Old Potts Railway near Oswestry and aims to preserve and restore this line. 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Old Potts Railway.

 
 
 
 
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