The Welsh Highland Railway

The Heritage Railways of Wales

by ianjking

 

The Snowdon Mountain Railway takes you on a fantastic journey to the top of the highest mountain in England & Wales, Mount Snowdon. Travel through beautiful scenery before reaching the summit and the panoramic views across Snowdonia and far beyond.

The Welsh Highland Railway is the UKs longest heritage railway, running 25 miles from Porthmadog to Caernarfon.

The Llanberis Lake Railway takes you on a five-mile return journey along the northern shore of the beautiful and tranquil lake of Llyn Padarn. You also pass Dolbadarn Castle and the Padarn Country Park. The return trip takes around one hour.

The Talyllyn Railway runs seven and a quarter miles along the beautiful Fathew Valley from the seaside town of Tywyn (on the Cardigan Bay coast) to Nant Gwernol. There are some lovely walks en-route, including woodland walks at Dolgoch and Nant Gwernol.

The Bala Lake Railway offers visitors a beautiful nine-mile return journey beside Bala Lake. The hour-long tour offers stunning views of the lake & mountains (Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn & Aran Fawddwy). The railway currently has four steam locos.

The Brecon Mountain Railway runs five miles with mountain, lake and forest scenery, including the whole of the Pontsticill Reservoir, before its terminus at Torpantau. The railway allows access to remote areas of The Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway formed in 1961 and runs for half a mile to Pen-y-Mount Junction, where it connects with the Welsh Highland Railway main line. Its an hour there and back and this includes a free guided tour around the Museum.

The Corris Railway was built in 1859 and is the first narrow-gauge railway in Mid-Wales. The round trip takes fifty minutes and includes a guided tour of historic engine shed and workshops at Maespoeth.

The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway linked farming communities to Welshpool. During the 16 mile return outing the line twists along a valley, through trees, over a viaduct and up the steep Golfa Bank.

The Vale of Rheidol Railway negotiates the beautiful Rheidol Valley from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The route climbs up to seven-hundred feet during the twenty-three and a half mile return journey.

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