Talyllyn Railway

The Talyllyn Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Talyllyn) is a narrow-gauge preserved railway in Wales running for 7.25 miles (11.67 km) from Tywyn on the Mid-Wales coast to Nant Gwernol near the village of Abergynolwyn. The line was opened in 1866 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, and was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised by Act of Parliament to carry passengers using steam haulage. Despite severe under-investment, the line remained open, and in 1951 it became the first railway in the world to be preserved as a heritage railway by volunteers.

Since preservation, the railway has operated as a tourist attraction, expanding its rolling stock through acquisition and an engineering programme to build new locomotives and carriages. In 1976, an extension was opened along the former mineral line from Abergynolwyn to the new station at Nant Gwernol. In 2001, the preservation society celebrated its 50th anniversary, and 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 fictional Skarloey Railway, which formed part of the Railway Series of children's books by The Rev. W. Awdry, was based on the Talyllyn Railway. The preservation of the line inspired the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt.

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Henry Haydn Jones - Talyllyn Railway
... Eglwys, Haydn Jones had become effectively owner of the Talyllyn Railway built to carry slate from the quarry to Tywyn ... After the quarry collapse and closure in 1946, the railway had little reason to continue operating ... Haydn Jones declared that the railway would remain open while he remained alive and it continued to run until 1950 ...
List Of Talyllyn Railway Rolling Stock - Goods Wagons
... The Talyllyn Railway was primarily constructed for conveying slate ... Prior to the beginning of the 20th century, the railway owned over 115 wagons, mainly slate wagons, but also a number of other general and special purpose goods wagons. 1 Open end door Corris Railway A 2 long tons (2.0 metric tons) coal wagon, acquired in 1951 from the Corris Railway ...
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Background
... The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum collection began in the 1950s when the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society (TRPS) was the first voluntary society in the world to take ... Narrow gauge railways were becoming redundant and their equipment scrapped ... was formed to manage and develop the Museum and this was replaced by the present Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Trust on 11 July 1994 ...
Talyllyn Railway - In Fiction
... The Talyllyn Railway is represented in the Railway Series books by the Reverend W ... Awdry and the spin-off TV series Thomas Friends as the Skarloey Railway most of the fictional locomotives are based on real-life equivalents ... Several of the stories in The Railway Series come from his real-life experiences at the Talyllyn, and some of the books contain full-page illustrations of Talyllyn ...
Sir Handel - Prototype
... the locomotive Sir Haydn which works at the Talyllyn Railway in Gwynedd, Wales ... in 1878, one of three identical locomotives for the 2 ft 3 in (686 mm) gauge Corris Railway in Merionethshire. 2 were scrapped in 1930 and No.3 worked until the Corris Railway closed in 1948, hauling the last train on 20 August that year ...

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