Croeso i Amgueddfa Rheilffyrdd Bach Cul, Tywyn

Welcome to the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Tywyn

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The museum is currently closed as required by the Welsh Government Covid Regulations.

The Trust wishes to acknowledge the financial assistance and support given by
Cyngor Gwynedd / Gwynedd Council, the Heritage Emergency Fund, and the Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund.

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Amgueddfa Achrededig: 1433

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Accredited Museum: 1433

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Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Wharf Station
Gwynedd, Wales
LL36 9EY

01654 710472


2020 Temporary Exhibition
Narrow Gauge Railways in Literature

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The centenary of Corris / Talyllyn Railway locomotive No.4 provides an excuse to look at some of the objects in our collection. This week’s candidate is a model of the locomotive.

It is a live steam, 5in gauge model built by Ross Harrison. Completed about 1982, its construction ... See more

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

This day in 1963 was a special one for the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway.

After closure in 1956, and the formation of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Company Limited, passenger services commenced on 6th April 1963 between Llanfair Caereinion and ... See more

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Further video descriptions of items in our collection have been added to our Website and YouTube Channel over the last week. These cover our wagons, signs and headboards, and the Rev.W.V.Awdry. You can view these at

We hope to be allowed to ... See more

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The Nantlle Railway was built to connect the quarries in the Nantlle Valley with the shipping quays at Caernarfon. Originally 9 miles long, it had a gauge of 3ft 6in. Wagons were owned by the individual quarries, and were horse drawn.

The wagon in our collection was built by the ... See more

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The Talyllyn Railway has been celebrating the arrival of Corris Railway locomotives 3 and 4 in March 1951. The Corris Railway brake van was purchased by Eric Cope, who gifted it to the Talyllyn Railway that year, and paid for a plaque to be fitted to the van. The van carried the ... See more

Friday, March 19th, 2021

We have a new video on our YouTube Channel looking at the various locomotives in our collection!


The first in a series of 5 videos, going over some of the more prominent items in our collection!Please consider a a Virtual Vis...

Friday, March 19th, 2021

We are very sorry to report that Alan Holmes passed away on Thursday morning. His wife Helen contacted us with the sad news yesterday afternoon.

Alan was involved in the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum for many years, serving as a trustee and secretary to the Trust. He was the author of “Slates ... See more

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The Croesor Tramway was opened in 1864 from Portmadoc to the head of Cwm Croesor. Eight miles long and 1ft 11½in gauge, the line was built by Hugh Beaver Roberts, proprietor of the Croesor Quarry. Unlike earlier tramways, the Croesor used chaired T-section rails, mounted on wooden ... See more

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

Continuing the St David’s day theme, the Welsh costume in our collection was featured in a presentation organised by Powys Libraries "Celebrating Wales and Saint David’s Day.”

The costume was owned by Hannah Evans, who for many years wore it when greeting passengers on the ... See more

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

With St David’s Day celebrations yesterday, this week’s exhibit includes the Welsh Dragon. The Talyllyn Railway celebrated Coronation Day 2nd June 1953 with trains carrying a special headboard.

The photograph taken that day by Alan Chorlton shows locomotive no.4 decorated for ... See more

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

Amongst our book collection is the “Gossiping Guide to Wales” dated 1896. Although the covers are showing their age, the remainder is in very good condition. The Talyllyn and Corris Railways are mentioned, and there is an advert for the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway from ... See more

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Looking for something to do while at home? We have added some more activities on our website page.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The Revd Awdry built a number of models, some for use on his model railways. The example shown this week was for static display, and stood on the mantelpiece in his study. It is Stephenson’s Rocket and tender which he made by modifying an Airfix kit.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

Another centenary being commemorated this year is that of Corris / Talyllyn locomotive No.4. Built by Kerr, Stuart & Co. Ltd in 1921, works number 4047. Delivered to the Corris Railway, it was used until closure of the line in 1948. Fortunately, it escaped being scrapped, and was ... See more

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

One of the railways least represented in our collection is the Jersey Railway. We have a ticket issued by the Jersey Railways and Tramways Company Limited for a single journey from St. Helier’s to Don Bridge.

There were two railways in Jersey, the narrow gauge Jersey Railway and ... See more

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

With the ongoing lockdown, we have added a new page to our website containing activities that can be done from home. There are activity sheets which can be printed and provide a selection of games, mathematics and general knowledge. Also jigsaw puzzles that can be done online. Further content ... See more

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

100 years ago today, 26th January 1921, the Cambrian Railways suffered one of their most tragic accidents. A stopping passenger train departed Abermule Station and entered the single line section to Newtown without the correct authority. A head-on collision occurred with an ... See more

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

We have a number of cast iron axlebox covers in the collection. These were bolted to the axlebox, and allowed access to the axle bearings. The two shown this week are from the Isle of Man Railway. The first has the railway initials cast on it, and the second the Isle of Man ... See more

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The Corris Railway, in common with most public railways, supplied uniforms to those staff who interacted with their passengers. Our collection has two uniform buttons, one large and one small. The button design includes the Prince of Wales Feathers, again a common feature amongst ... See more

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Weekly Exhibit

The Dinorwic Quarry foundry cast many parts for its railways, including the locomotive nameplates. An example in our collection is the one for AMALTHÆA, one of the three Hunslet Engine Co. 4ft gauge locomotives working the Padarn Railway. The locomotive was built in 1886, and ... See more