Tourist and Enthusiast Railways
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)
- Aberystwyth Cliff Railway / Rheilffordd y Graig
- Aberystwyth. Cliff railway with a rise of 389 feet (118 m) to
the top of Constitution Hill.
- Anglesey Central Railway / Lein Amlwch
- Project to reopen the line between Gaerwen and Amlwch. 17½ miles
(28.2 km). Standard gauge.
- Bala Lake Railway / Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid
- Llanuwchllyn to Bala (Penybont): 4½ miles (7.2 km). Possible
future extension to Bala Town, a further ½ mile (0.7 km). 600 mm gauge.
- Barry Tourist Railway
- 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.
& Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Trust
- Long term project to reopen the line between Blaenau
Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd. 6½ miles (10.5 km). Standard
Mountain Railway / Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog
- Pant (near Merthyr Tydfil) to Torpantau: 5 miles (8 km).
600 mm gauge. Steam hauled.
- Bridgend Miniature Railway
- near the Parc Slip nature reserve, Aberkenfig. Miniature
railways of various gauges, steam, diesel or battery electric
hauled. Club railway open to the public typically one or two
Saturdays each month from April to October, and in December.
- 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).
- Centre for
- Machynlleth. A modern, water-balance cliff railway with a rise of
110 feet (33 m) connects the centre to the car park (Website
contains little information relating to railway)
- Conwy Valley Railway Museum
- 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 Railway
/ Rheilffordd Corris
- 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.
- Derwen Fawr Miniature Railway
- Derwen Fawr, Sketty, near Swansea. 3½ and 5 in (89 and 127 mm)
gauge miniature railway. Club railway open to the public typically
on the Sunday and Monday of four Bank Holiday weekends during the
- Dolgarrog Railway / Rheilffordd Dolgarrog
- Project to restore about ¾ mile (1.2km) of line from a point near
the Surf Snowdonia attraction on the site of the former aluminium works
to Dolgarrog Transport for Wales station. Standard gauge.
- Ebbw Vale / Glyn Ebwy
- 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)
- Fairbourne (New Station / Gorsaf Newydd adjacent to Transport for
Wales station) to Penrhyn Point (for ferry to Barmouth): 2½ miles
(4 km). 12¼ in gauge. Steam hauled.
- Ffestiniog Railway / Rheilffordd Ffestiniog
- 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.
- Garw Valley Railway / Rheilffordd Cwm Garw
- Project to reopen 5 miles (8 km) of line between Pontycymer and
Brynmenyn (near Tondu).
- Glyn Valley Tramway / Tramffordd Glynceiriog
- 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
Orme Tramway / Tramffordd y Gogarth
- 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.
Railway / Rheilffordd Gwili
- Abergwili Junction (near Carmarthen) via Bronwydd Arms to
Danycoed: 4¼ miles (6.8 km). Possible future extension to Conwil
station, Cynwyl Elfed. 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
- Joys of Life Railway
- Joys of Life Country Park, Bethesda. 5 in (127 mm) gauge
miniature railway, about 340 yards (310 m) in length, steam,
diesel or battery electric hauled. Club railway working towards
public opening in the near future.
- Llanberis Lake Railway / Rheilffordd Llyn Padarn
- Llanberis (across road from Snowdon Mountain Railway station) to
Penllyn: 2½ miles (4 km). 600 mm gauge. Steam hauled.
- Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway / Rheilffordd
Llanelli a Mynydd Mawr
- Project, based at Cynheidre, to reopen all or part of the line
from Llanelli to Tumble. Standard gauge. There are also plans for
a miniature railway at the Cynheidre site.
- Llangollen Railway
- Llangollen to Carrog, about 7¼ miles (11.7 km). Extension
planned to Corwen, a further 2¾ miles (4.4 km). Standard gauge.
Steam hauled or diesel railcars.
- Maerdy Heritage Railway Society
- Project, currently in its very early stages, to reopen the line
between Maerdy Colliery and Tylorstown, about 3½ miles (5.6 km).
- Margam Park Train
- Margam Country Park (near Port Talbot). Castle to Orangery,
a little under 1½ miles (2.3 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Diesel hauled
with steam outline locomotive.
- Oakwood Theme Park
- Theme park near Narberth with a 15 in (381 mm) gauge miniature
railway about 1100 yards (1 km) in length, petrol hauled (Website
contains very little information relating to railway)
- Pembrey Country Park Railway
- Pembrey (near Llanelli). Line over ½ mile (0.9 km) in length.
2 ft (610 mm) gauge.
- Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
- 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.
- Rhiw Valley Light Railway
- Located in rural Powys southwest of Welshpool, a private railway
occasionally open to the public. 15 in (381 mm) gauge, steam hauled.
- Rhyl Miniature Railway / Rheilffordd Fach y
- Rhyl. Line about 1 mile (1.6 km). 15 in (381 mm) gauge. Usually
- Llechwedd (near Blaenau Ffestiniog). There are two passenger
carrying railways on the site, both partly underground:
- The Miners’ Tramway, 450 yards (411 m) in length, narrow
gauge, battery electric hauled.
- The Deep Mine Railway, a specially constructed funicular
railway descending 235 feet (71 m) into the mine at a gradient of
1 in 1.8 (55%). 3 ft (914 mm) gauge.
- 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
Railway / Rheilffordd Talyllyn
- Tywyn, Wharf station (adjacent to Transport for Wales station)
to Nant Gwernol: 7¼ miles (11.6 km). 2 ft 3 in (686 mm) gauge.
Usually steam hauled.
- Tanat Valley Light Railway
- Project to reopen about 2 miles (3.2 km) of standard gauge line
from the Nant Mawr Visitor Centre near Oswestry. The Centre also has a
220 yard (200 m) ground level monorail, operational and carrying
passengers on special event days, diesel hauled with a steam locomotive
in the course of restoration. In addition, there is a static display
of varoius narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock.
Valley Railway / Rheilffordd Dyffryn Teifi
- Henllan (near Newcastle Emlyn) to Pontprenshitw: about 1½ miles
(2.4 km). Proposed extension to Pont Goch. 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, at Henllan.
of Rheidol Railway / Rheilffordd Cwm Rheidol
- Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge: 11¾ miles (18.9 km). 600 mm gauge.
- Welsh Highland
Heritage Railway / Rheilffordd Ucheldir Cymru
- 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
- Welsh Highland
Railway / Rheilffordd Eryri
- 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.
- Welshpool &
Llanfair Light Railway
- Raven Square on the outskirts of Welshpool to Llanfair Careinion:
8 miles (12.8 km). Possible future extension into Welshpool itself.
2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge. Steam hauled
- Woody’s Railway
- Miniature railway in the Gypsy Wood theme park at Bontnewydd near
Caernarfon. A little under ½ mile (0.75 km), 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge.
Hauled by battery electric powered simulated steam locomotive.
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