The unique narrow gauge / standard gauge flat crossing of the
Welsh Highland Railway
with Network Rail at Porthmadog, shortly after its installation
in November 2006.
The crossing forms part of the Welsh Highland Railway extension
from Rhyd-Ddu to Porthmadog.
(Photo: Welsh Highland Railway Project)
From Plymouth Road, Barry Island, via Barry Island Arriva Trains
Wales station to Gladstone Bridge (1½ miles, 2.4km). Extension proposed
to Barry Dock (a further ½ mile, 0.8km). Possible future extension
from Plymouth Road to Barry Pier, about ¼ miles (0.4km).
Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel railcars.
Currently operating on two short stretches of standard gauge line:
at Llynclys (about ¾ mile, 1.2 km) and at Oswestry station (about 330
yards, 300 m), the former normally operated by heritage diesel multiple
unit and the latter by diesel locomotive hauled brake van. Long term plans
envisage reopening the whole of the line between Gobowen and Pant, about
8¼ miles (13 km).
Betws-y-Coed (next to Arriva Trains Wales station). 7¼ in (184 mm)
gauge miniature railway, over ½ mile (0.8 km) in length, steam or diesel
hauled; and a 15 in (381 mm) gauge miniature electric tram line, also
about ½ mile (0.8 km).
Dibleys Nurseries, Llanelidan, near Ruthin. 7¼ in (184 mm)
gauge miniature railway, about 950 yards (870 m) in length, steam or
battery electric hauled (Website contains little information
relating to railway)
Harbour station, Porthmadog (interchange with Welsh Highland Railway)
via Minffordd (connection possible with Arriva Trains Wales) to Blaenau
Ffestiniog (Arriva Trains Wales station): 13½ miles (21.6 km).
600 mm gauge. Steam Hauled.
Chirk: project to reopen about ¾ mile (1 km) of the former
tramway, with a planned extension of a further 1 mile (1.5 km)
and a possible future extension to Glyn Ceiriog, a total distance
of about 6 miles (10 km). The original tramway was built to the
unusual gauge of 2 ft 4½ in (724 mm), although the restored tramway
may use a different gauge for reasons of availability of suitable
Llandudno. Connects the town to the Great Orme headland, in two
sections: Victoria to Halfway, 872 yards (797 m) and Halfway to
Summit, 827 yards (756 m). Funicular railway with some street running,
unique in the UK. 3 ft 6 in (1067 mm) gauge.
Bronwydd Arms to Danycoed: 2¼ miles (3.6 km). Extension proposed
from Bronwydd Arms to Carmarthen North, a further 2 miles (3.2 km).
Standard gauge. Usually steam hauled. Dining trains operate at
certain times. There is also a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway
at Llwyfan Cerrig station, about 250 yards (230 m) in length, steam or
Llanberis (across road from Llanberis Lake Railway station) to
Snowdon Summit: 4¾ miles (7.6 km), with a rise of 3140 ft (957 m).
800 mm gauge Abt rack system, the only rack railway in the UK. Steam
locomotives propel a single carriage uphill and provide braking when
Henllan (near Newcastle Emlyn) to Pontprenshitw: about 1½ miles
(2.4 km). 600 mm gauge. Usually steam hauled. Rail service suspended,
replaced by a road train, during 2014 pending track rehabilitation.
Rail services planned to resume in 2015. There is also a 7¼ in (184 mm)
gauge miniature railway, about 400 yards (366 m) in length, at
Porthmadog (WHR station, near the Arriva Trains Wales station)
to Pen-y-Mount (about ½ mile, 0.8 km). Interchange at Pen-y-Mount
with the Welsh Highland Railway. 600 mm gauge. Steam or diesel hauled.
There is also a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway near the Engine
Sheds, which are served by a platform on the Heritage Railway
Castle Square, Caernarfon to Porthmadog (22¾ miles, 36.6 km).
Interchange at Pen-y-Mount with the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway and
at Porthmadog (Harbour station) with the Ffestiniog Railway. 600 mm gauge.
Usually steam hauled.