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Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Exhibition, free entry

Talyllyn Railway,
Gorsaf Wharf Station,
LL36 9EY


An exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway (AWCR).

2013 sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first section of the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway (AWCR) from Aberdovey through Tywyn to Llwyngwril. The AWCR became part of the Cambrian Railways two years later in 1865.

The display includes photographs, a history of the Cambrian Coast Line, and a number of historic artefacts including a Totem sign from Towyn Station, a key token from Dovey Junction to Aberdovey, a Llwyngwril to Barmouth Junction wood Train Staff, and a piece of a pier from the wooden viaduct at Barmouth showing the effect of the attack by marine termites which nearly caused the line’s closure.

Also on display is a watercolor painting by the late Keith Eade showing Tywyn Station in the days when there were two signal boxes, and a copy of the book published by the Cambrian Railways to mark its absorption into the GWR in 1923. This was formerly the property of Cambrian Driver Jones and there is also a photograph of Mr Jones as a 14 year old boy manning the W H Smith News Stand on Machynlleth Station.

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 accessGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

For opening time see the Talyllyn Railway timetable at


Free entry

Buy souvenirs and tickets


Talyllyn Railway,
Gorsaf Wharf Station,
LL36 9EY

Location and nearby places


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


  • 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
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


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


  • 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


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