Croeso i Amgueddfa Rheilffyrdd Bach Cul, Tywyn

Welcome to the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Tywyn

COVID-19 Update

The Museum Lower Gallery is now open for pre-booked visits. On-line booking is available using this link.

The Trust wishes to acknowledge the financial assistance and support to allow us to re-open given by
Cyngor Gwynedd / Gwynedd Council and the Heritage Emergency Fund.

Please help us if you can, by donating to our COVID-19 appeal via the PayPal Donate button.

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Gweld a gwneud
Darganfyddwch weithgareddau yn yr amgueddfa

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Cymryd rhan
Helpwch i gefnogi ein hamgueddfa trwy roddion a gwirfoddoli

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


Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Early railways were of the plateway type, with a flangeless wheel carried on plates with a retaining flange. The wheels tended to be a loose fit on the axle to allow for variations in gauge, a feature later adopted in quarry railways using double flanged wheels.

The museum has a ... See more

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

Museum working party 24th Sept 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo was in a flighty mood this morning; never mind four seasons in one day, it managed four in one hour! John arrived during a brief dry interlude but quickly took shelter in the Gunpowder Store as the first squall came off Cardigan Bay with a ... See more

Friday, September 25th, 2020

We're taking a look inside the Reverend W Awdry's Study for today's Interesting Item Spotlight; The 1951 P. R. Wickham Sodor Map

If there are any items you'd like to see up close please leave a comment!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Museum working party 17th Sept 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo was up early this morning so that there was scarcely a cloud to be seen in the sky as the team, make that duo, assembled in the yard. Allan Black and John Olsen waited a short time before heading across the tracks to the museum to locate ... See more

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

While the Glyn Valley railway used oil lamps in its coaches, the Talyllyn provided candles for lights in the coaches. A look at the timetable suggests that there was not a great need for coach lighting. The main service during darkness would be the Monday only quarrymans’ train ... See more

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Beginning today we shall be publishing regular videos focusing on an item of interest within our collection!

Today's focus is on Baguley No.774 of 1919 - a petrol-kerosene locomotive!

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Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Have you seen? We're now on Twitter and Instagram!

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Last week we looked at the Glyn Valley Tramway headlamp. The coaches, except for the open, were also equipped with lighting for night-time use, in the form of Colza Oil Lamps. These had a glass bowl mounted centrally on the ceiling containing the lamp. Access to maintain and fill ... See more

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Museum working party 10th Sept 2020

It's good to have the Tywyn weather mojo back onside, it delivered a dry morning with a light breeze; perfect for working in the yard. The team, Charles Benedetto, Neal Chapman and John Olsen were on site early too, so that a start on winter protection for the ... See more

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

As a roadside line with several crossings, the Glyn Valley Tramway locomotives were provided with a more powerful headlamp than the usual oil lamp. Our collection includes an acetylene version, which used calcium carbide and water to generate the gas. Being carried only at night, ... See more

Monday, September 7th, 2020

We are now open for self-guided tours of the lower gallery. Booking is required via our website.

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum.

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

We are open and pleased to be back. The weather was fine and sunny to mark the occasion. Our visitors have been very pleased to find our doors open again and they are keenly looking forward to the ground floor opening next week for self-guided tours. More details will be shown on our website in a ... See more

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Museum working party 3rd Sept 2020

The Tywyn weather mojo has just returned from furlough and although a bit rusty it did the business by mid morning, turning a murky cloud ridden sky into a glorious blue with sunshine. The turnout for the working party got a 50% boost this morning as Charles ... See more

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

The Trust is pleased to announce that the Museum will re-open to visitors on Saturday 5th September.

It will be a staged re-opening:
Phase 1: 5th September -The entranceway in front of William Finlay.
Phase 2: Pre-booked self-guided tours of the lower gallery.
Phase 3: The upper gallery to follow ... See more

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Sir Arthur Percival Heywood was an early pioneer in promoting the use of 15in gauge railways, especially for use around large private estates. He built a demonstration line at his home at Duffield Bank in Derbyshire, which comprised a complete railway system with bridges, tunnels ... See more

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Museum working party 27th Aug 2020

It is late August and we are having a Rip van Winkle moment; when we awake from a bad nightmare and look at a very different world around us. After nearly six months absence the first museum working party got off to a soggy start; only Neal Chapman and John Olsen ... See more

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Moving to the Southern end of Snowdonia, our 1916 holiday makers could escape the worries of the Great War, and enjoy excursions by rail and road to Talyllyn Lake. The tours were jointly promoted by the Cambrian and Corris Railways. All involved travel on the Corris Railway with ... See more

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Closer to home on our holiday trip, we visit the Festiniog Railway with two items aimed at the holiday industry. The advertising hanging card dates from around 1930 when the railway was using the term “toy” to describe itself. The timetable poster is for summer 1939, the last ... See more

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Weekly Exhibit

Keeping to the holiday theme, we cross to the Isle of Man and look at the offers for holiday makers. Both the Isle of Man Railway and the Manx Electric Railway were selling two-day rovers for five shillings (25p) for their services.

The Isle of Man Railway's handbill is dated July ... See more

Friday, August 7th, 2020

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Trust is pleased to report that their Heritage Emergency Fund bid for £9,700 has been successful. This award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will greatly assist in reopening the museum.

We have already published an advertisement for a fixed term Museum ... See more