Tourist and Enthusiast Railways

Wales

Train on the Welsh Highland Railway
Ex-South African Railways NGG16 Class Beyer-Garratt no.138
heads a train on the Welsh Highland Railway
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway / Rheilffordd y Graig Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth. Cliff railway with a rise of 389 feet (118 m) to the top of Constitution Hill. Operates daily, April to October.
Anglesey Central Railway / Rheilffordd Canolog Môn
Project to reopen the line between Amlwch and Llangefni (about 13 miles, 21km) and eventually to Gaerwen (TfW/TrC station), a further 4½ miles (7 km). Standard gauge.
Bala Lake Railway / Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid
Llanuwchllyn to Bala (Penybont): 4½ miles (7.2 km). Proposed extension to Bala Town, a further ¾ mile (1.2 km). 600 mm gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates most days, May to October, and a few days during the rest of the year.
Barry Tourist Railway
Standard gauge lines around Barry Island and Barry Docks. Not currently operating pending relocation of the depot to Plymouth Road.
Bala & Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Trust
Long term project to reopen the line between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd. 6½ miles (10.5 km). Standard gauge.
Brecon Mountain Railway / Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog
Pant (near Merthyr Tydfil) to Torpantau: 5 miles (8 km). 600 mm gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates most days, April to October.
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.
Cambrian Heritage Railways
Oswestry to Weston Wharf, about 1½ miles (2.4 km). Standard gauge, diesel hauled or diesel railcar. Extensions planned, anticipated eventually to include the whole of the line between Gobowen and Pant, about 8¼ miles (13 km). Operates most weekends and some weekdays, April to September.
Cefn Mably Railway
Cefn Mably Farm Park, near Cardiff. 12¼ in (311 mm) gauge miniature railway, hauled by a steam outline battery electric locomotive. Admission fee to the Park is payable in addition to train fare. Open daily throughout the year except for a few days over the Christmas period.
Centre for Alternative Technology
Machynlleth. A modern, water-balance cliff railway with a rise of 110 feet (33 m) connects the main entrance in the car park to the Visitor Centre. Admission fee to the Centre is payable, advance booking recommended. Open daily.
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). Operates daily.
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. Operates Saturdays and many other days, Easter to October, and a few days in December. Advance booking recommended.
Cyfarthfa Miniature Railway
Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil. Mutliple gauges, steam, diesel or battery electric hauled. Club railway open to the public weekends April to September, daily during summer school holidays.
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 year.
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 TfW/TrC station. Standard gauge.
Ebbw Vale / Glyn Ebwy
Funicular linking the town with the TfW/TrC 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%). Nominally available for use during the day, Mondays to Fridays, but has been frequently reported out of use (No website located at present)
Fairbourne Steam Railway
Fairbourne (adjacent to TfW/TrC station) to Barmouth Ferry, about 2½ miles (4 km). 12¼ in gauge. Steam hauled. Operates most days, mid February to October.
Ffestiniog Railway / Rheilffordd Ffestiniog
Harbour station, Porthmadog (interchange with Welsh Highland Railway) via Minffordd (connection possible with TfW/TrC) to Blaenau Ffestiniog (Transport for Wales station): 13½ miles (21.6 km). 600 mm gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates daily, Easter to early November.
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).
Great 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. Operates daily, early April to late October.
Gwili Railway / Rheilffordd Gwili
Abergwili Junction to Danycoed, the main station being at Bronwydd Arms: 4¼ miles (6.8 km). Possible future extension to Conwil station, Cynwyl Elfed. Standard gauge. Steam or diesel hauled or diesel railcar. Operates Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, February to October, and various other days. 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.
Heath Park Miniature Railway
Heath Park, Cardiff. 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway, usually steam hauled, and an 18 in (457 mm) gauge tramway with electric trams. Club railway open to the public one or two days each month from March to October.
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 Gilfach Ddu and Cei Llydan: 1½ miles (2.4 km). 600 mm gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates most days, mid February to December, but on some days out of season does not serve Llanberis. Possible future resumption of service to Penllyn, a further ¾ mile (1.2 km).
Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway / Rheilffordd Llanelli a Mynydd Mawr
Line about 370 yards (340 m) northwards from Cynheidre. Extension planned to Cynheidre North, roughly doubling the length of line. Future extensions proposed to Sylen and to Swiss Valley Reservoir, giving a total length of line of about 5¼ miles (8.5 km). Possible further extensions in future towards Llanelli. Standard gauge, diesel hauled or diesel railcar; a steam locomotive is in the course of restoration. Operates typically one weekend each month, June to October and in December.
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 or diesel hauled or diesel railcars. Operates most days, mid April to early November, and in December.
Llechwedd
Llechwedd, near Blaenau Ffestiniog. There are two passenger carrying railways on the site, both partly underground: Open weekends thoughout the year, daily mid May to October. Advance booking recommended.
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. Park is open daily, train operates seasonally.
Mid Wales MES
Back Lane Park, Newtown. 5 / 7¼ in (127 / 184 mm) gauge miniature railway. Steam, diesel or battery electric hauled. Club railway open to the public typically 2 Saturdays each month, April to October.
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. Admission fee to the Park is payable. Open most days, mid February to early November.
Pembrey Country Park Railway
Pembrey (near Llanelli). Line over ½ mile (0.9 km) in length. 2 ft (610 mm) gauge. Operates every Sunday and Saturdays during school holidays, from Easter to September.
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Coed Avon via Blaenavon and Furnace Sidings to Whistle Inn, about 2 miles (3.2 km), with a branch from Furnace Sidings to Big Pit National Coal Museum, about ½ mile (0.8 km). Steam and diesel hauled or diesel railcars. Operates weekends and Bank Holidays, Easter to September and in December.
Rhiw Valley Light Railway
Lower House Farm, Manafon, near Welshpool. 15 in (381 mm) gauge line about ¾ mile (1.2 km) in length, steam or petrol hauled. Private railway open to the public typically one Sunday each month, May to October.
Rhyl Miniature Railway / Rheilffordd Fach y Rhyl
Rhyl. Line about 1 mile (1.6 km). 15 in (381 mm) gauge. Usually steam hauled. Open weekends and many weekdays, April to September and in December.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
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 or diesel locomotives propel a single carriage uphill and provide braking when proceeding down. Operates most days, mid June to early September. Advance booking required. During 2022, runs only between Llanberis and Clogwen, service to the Summit expected to resume in 2023.
Talyllyn Railway / Rheilffordd Talyllyn
Tywyn, Wharf station (adjacent to TfW/TrC station) to Nant Gwernol: 7¼ miles (11.6 km). 2 ft 3 in (686 mm) gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates daily, April to October. Advance booking recommended.
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.
Teifi 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. Operates weekends and various other days, May to September.There is also a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway, about 400 yards (366 m) in length, at Henllan.
Vale of Rheidol Railway / Rheilffordd Cwm Rheidol
Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge: 11¾ miles (18.9 km). 600 mm gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates daily, late March to early November.
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway / Rheilffordd Ucheldir Cymru
Porthmadog (WHHR station, near the TfW/TrC station) to Pen-y-Mount (about ½ mile, 0.8 km). 600 mm gauge. Steam or diesel hauled. Operates most days, mid April to early November, and a few days in December. There is also a 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway, the Porthmadog Woodland Railway, steam or diesel hauled with locomotives inspired by narrow gauge prototypes
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. Operates Easter to early November: trains covering the whole line run on Fridays and Saturdays, shorter journeys on other days of the week.
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
Raven Square on the outskirts of Welshpool to Llanfair Careinion: 8 miles (12.8 km). 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge. Usually steam hauled. Operates most days, May to September, weekends and a few other days in October and November, and various days in December.
Woody’s Railway
Gypsy Wood Family Fun Park, Bontnewydd, near Caernarfon. Miniature railway a little under ½ mile (0.75 km) in length, 10¼ in (260 mm) gauge. Hauled by battery electric powered steam outline locomotive. Admission fee to the Park is payable in addition to the train fare. Open daily, late March to late September.
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