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COVID-19 Update

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 and the Heritage Emergency Fund.

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Amgueddfa Achrededig: 1433

Elusen Gofrestredig: 1040128

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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, 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

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

To mark the end of the year, a board to indicate the end of a train. This week’s exhibit is a Last Vehicle board from the Festiniog Railway. These boards were displayed on the rear vehicle of a train, particularly those without continuous brakes, to indicate that the train was ... See more

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Tonight at 7pm!

As a Christmas treat for everyone, for the first time in 9 years, we have taken the Reverend Awdry's Ffarquhar Branch layout outside of the Study for an operating session - join Luke and Frank for the Premiere at 7pm GMT and enjoy the show!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Today, Luke and Frank take a look at something VERY special - the Reverend Wilbert Awdry's Ffarquhar Branch Layout!For ...

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is pleased and very proud to announce that they are to receive the 2021 Heritage Railway Association’s Interpretation Award, sponsored by Heritage Railway Magazine and Mortons Media. Across the UK, heritage rail operators of every kind regard the HRA awards as the ... See more

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Something different this week, a whole exhibition! During the year, the museum has hosted a temporary exhibition on Narrow Gauge Railways in Literature. Unfortunately, shortly after the exhibition went on display, Covid-19 intervened, and for most of the year, the upper gallery of ... See more

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

Museum working party 17th Dec 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo calmed the high winds and eased away the overnight rain clouds but didn't quite get around to delivering a bright sunny start. Not to worry, the team were working inside the museum again this morning; Charles Benedetto, Neal Chapman, Andrew ... See more

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

On today's video, Frank takes a look at the truly unique Guinness Brewery Locomotives!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

One of the museum exhibits at Abergynolwyn Station is an original Talyllyn Railway point, made up from items reclaimed from the loop which was behind the Village Incline Winding House. One of the features of the original trackwork was the mix of chairs and spikes for holding down ... See more

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Museum working party 10th Dec 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo was sulking again this morning, allowing low cloud and drizzle to blow in off Cardigan Bay; just as well that the focus of the gangs work was inside the museum. Neal Chapman, Max Birchenough, Andrew Allwood, Allan Black, Charles Benedetto ... See more

Friday, December 11th, 2020

In today's video, Luke takes a look at a Padarn Railway Host Wagon.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

One of our exhibits currently on loan elsewhere is Motor Rail locomotive works number 8826 built 1943. The design dates back to the first world war where locomotives of this type were used on trench railways close to the front line.

In 1943, the MOD ordered a number of Motor Rail ... See more

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

Museum working party 3rd Dec 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo had sunk into the doldrums this morning and allowed rain to pour down as the team assembled under the platform canopy. Andrew Allwood, Neal Chapman, Charles Benedetto, Allan Black and John Olsen admitted defeat when it came to the second ... See more

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

On this week's video, Frank takes a look at the golden spike used to mark the opening of the Nant Gwernol extension!

#NGRM #TalyllynRailway

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

At 4ft 4½ ins, possibly the widest narrow gauge railway in our collection, the Belvoir Castle Tramway was built in 1815 to connect the castle with the Grantham Canal, which was used to bring supplies to the castle.

The line was built by William Jessop, using stone block sleepers ... See more

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Welsh Cultural Recovery Fund which will enable us to make a major improvement to the museum's ventilation. Once complete, this will allow us to increase the number of visitors in the museum. This funding also covers the retention ... See more

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

There were a number of clay pits in the Purbeck area of Dorset with tramways used to transport the clay for onward distribution by barge or standard gauge railways. One of the larger customers was Wedgewood.

The Furzebrook Tramway was built by Pike Bros, and opened in 1860. It had a gauge of 2ft ... See more

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Museum working party 19th Nov 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo pulled its socks up this morning and delivered a dry start for the team to assemble in Wharf Yard and collect the materials they needed for the tasks ahead. Andrew Allwood, Neal Chapman, Max Birchenough, Charles Benedetto and John Olsen ... See more

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

On today's video, Frank takes a look at the nameplates once fitted to Class 86 No.86258 "Talyllyn"