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 Transport for
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 of standard gauge line: at
Llynclys (about ¾ mile, 1.2 km) and at Oswestry station (about ¾ mile,
1.2km), the former operated by heritage diesel railcar and the latter
usually diesel hauled, with occasional steam events. Long term plans
envisage reopening the whole of the line between Gobowen and Pant, about
8¼ miles (13 km).
Betws-y-Coed (next to Transport for 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).
Corris (near Machynlleth) to Maespoeth, a little over ½ mile
(almost 1 km). Extension planned to Coedwig South, a further ½ mile
(0.8 km). Possible future extension to Tan-y-Coed, for a total length
of 2½ miles (4 km). 2 ft 3 in (686 mm) gauge, usually steam hauled.
Funicular linking the town with the Transport for Wales station and
The Works / Y Gweithfeydd development. User operated cabin on a single
track with a rise of 70 feet (22m) on a gradient of 1 in 1.7 (58%)
(No website located at present)
Harbour station, Porthmadog (interchange with Welsh Highland Railway)
via Minffordd (connection possible with Transport for Wales) to Blaenau
Ffestiniog (Transport for 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 from
Bronwydd Arms to Abergwili Junction, near Carmarthen, a further 2 miles
(3.2 km), which it is hoped to open during 2016. 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 petrol hauled
Llangollen to Corwen East: 9 miles (14 km). Extension planned
to Corwen Central, a further 1 mile (1.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam
and diesel hauled and diesel railcars. Dining trains operate at
Blaenavon to Whistle Inn via Furnace Sidings, about 1¾ miles (2.8 km),
with a branch from Furnace Sidings to Big Pit
National Coal Museum, about ½ mile (0.8 km). A few trains run south
of Blaenavon to Coed Avon, a further ¼ mile (0.4 km). Steam and diesel
hauled and diesel railcars.
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. Steam or diesel hauled. There is also a 7¼ in
(184 mm) gauge miniature railway, about 400 yards (366 m) in length,
Porthmadog (WHR station, near the Transport for 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.