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Talyllyn Railway and Narrow Gauge Railway Museum – Educational Visits & Fun Days Out

Location(s)Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales LL36 9EY
Key StagesEYFS, KS1, KS2
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesWe accept donations
Administration Service Administered by the provider

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COVID-19 Update

We are looking at possible ways of allowing public access to the museum. Even providing very limited access will have a significant effect on our finances, and as we rely solely on donations, we are seeking help to cover the purchase of the PPE, cleaning materials and hand sanitiser, which we estimate will cost around £500 a month.

Please help us if you can, by donating to our COVID-19 appeal via the PayPal Donate button on our website.

The Museum

Discover the world of Narrow Gauge Railways through video, sound and over 800 items on display, from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as paperwork, signalling equipment and tickets. With nearly 90 railways represented in our collection, it provides a unique and comprehensive record of the 200 year history of these railways.

See how narrow gauge railways transformed the Welsh slate industry and were used during World War 1. Learn how a steam locomotive works, and take the controls on the footplate of William Finlay. On the upper floor, try our quizzes, jigsaws and interactive displays.

Also on the upper floor is a re-creation of the study used by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, the author of the Thomas the Tank Engine railway series books, who was a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway. See artefacts from his life, and listen to some of his stories read by Jonny Morris.

The museum holds changing exhibitions on the upper floor and details of the current and past exhibitions are shown here. Temporary Exhibitions

Owing to the size of the collection, not all items are are able to be on display, particularly the smaller items. If you wish to see a specific object, and are travelling some distance, please contact us to check whether it is available. We can make arrangements for items in store to be seen, provided we get sufficient notice.


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