The Talyllyn Railway is a narrow gauge preserved railway in Wales. It runs from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1865 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn. In 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway.
About Talyllyn Railway in brief
The Talyllyn Railway is a narrow gauge preserved railway in Wales. It runs from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1865 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn. It was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. In 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers. The fictional Skarloey Railway, which formed part of The Railway Series of children’s books by The Rev. W. Awdry, was based on the railway. The preservation of the line inspired the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt. The origin of the railway’s name is uncertain. It may refer to the parish of Tal-y-llyn, which contains its eastern terminus, or it may come from Tal-Y-llwyn, a large glacial ribbon lake at the foot of Cadair Idris 3 miles further east. The railway has operated as a tourist attraction since 1976. In 2001, the preservation society celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2005 a major rebuilding and extension of Tywyn Wharf station took place, including a much-expanded facility for the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. The Talylyn Railway Museum is open to the public. It is open from Monday to Friday, and is open on weekends from Monday to Sunday.
The museum is open for visitors to see the train carriages, locomotives and other memorabilia from the railway, as well as an exhibition on the history of the narrow gauge railways in the UK and Wales. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255 or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. In the UK, contact the National suicide Prevention Lifeline on 0800-847-9090 or the National Suicide prevention Lifeline on 08457 909090 or email the National Suicide Prevention lifeline in the UK on 0800 847 9090. The Lifeline is also available on the internet at www.sophisticationlifelines.org.uk. The National Suicide Lifeline can be accessed by clicking here for details on how to get in touch with a local suicide prevention helpline, or visit the Samaritans on the Internet at www.s Samaritans.gov.uk for more information. The Narrow Gaugy Railway Museum is open to visitors to the UK from July 2014 to September 2014. It is also open to tourists to visit the museum, which is based in the village of Abergynolwin.