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NEWSLETTER Volume 4 Issue 1 — Easter 2013


Special Events 2013

Easter events


Garden Railway


Not just for Dads


Engineering Report


Hungry? When you are visiting the Talyllyn Railway don't forget to pop in to King’s Licensed Café on Tywyn Wharf station. Quality food and a friendly service: open for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea. The bar is open during the day with ales wines and spirits.

There’s a lot happening at the Railway this season with events for all! Our first Duncan Day will be in May when we hope to welcome Duncan back! This and another Duncan Day in August will be packed with exciting activities including competitions, crafts and story readings. These are always great days for the family. Another event for children in summer is the Family Craft Day, where children can be creative and you don’t have to clear up! The Teddy Bears’ Picnic this year will be old-fashioned, large-scale fun at Abergynolwyn. In June celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation will take place, and the Victorian train starts to run (also in July and September). The Floral Train (with Tywyn Garden Club) and two other Evening Trains will run in August. You can become a detective on the ‘WhoDunIt’ train, or enjoy the late summer with our Beer and BBQ train. Booking is essential on these trains. Fish and Chip Specials will run during August. A Beer Festival with great ale will take place over an August weekend, featuring the Garden Railway’s ‘Scale Rail Ale’ from its very own brewery. The Garden Railway will have its own weekend in July; see the complex layout in full use. In late August the Abergynolwyn Show will include a Volunteers’ Showcase, and the Land Rover Gathering will take place the next day. See you soon! Jenny Lamb

One of The Great Little Trains of Wales

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The Llechfan Garden Railway is a 16mm/foot scale garden railway located on the Talyllyn Railway in Tywyn, Gwynedd. Built in the garden at the rear of the Railway’s volunteer hostel Llechfan, the 32mm gauge line has around 180 yards of main running line consisting of two circuits (a low level circuit of 40 yards and a more recent higher level circuit of 90 yards, both of which are level) linked by a steeply inclined (1 in 35) branch line. For more information including opening times go to


Time Marching on in Llechfan Garden. The Snowdrops are just starting to be outdone by the Daffodils & Primroses and the new warmth of Spring finds more Wet Rot Hardener and Masonry Paint drying down in the garden. The Compton Brewery has proved to be the major focus of the most recent renovation works – at 7ft long even taken back down into its main and peripheral parts it provides quite an imposing project. The usual minor repairs and soggy timber consolidating were required before a full repaint. Built in 2006 it is one of the relatively new buildings in the Compton Down collection so apart from a loose little gantry loft and lost stonework it was in pretty good shape. The worst section was where an original roof was missing for some time, so a new and improved roof is on the cards too. The ‘re-opening’ of the restored Brewery will be the main focal point of our ‘Scale Rail Ale’ beer festival on the 9th & 10th of August this year. Also due to be brought out from it’s hidey hole tucked away in Pendre is the Spread Eagle Pub – where the Jazz Band will take up their former gig in the upstairs lounge of No 2 Green Dolphin Street to join the festivities.

Great Little Trains of Wales Discount Card For just £10 our Discount Card entitles the holder to 20% off one adult full round trip fare on normal timetabled trains on the participating Railways listed on the card. Discount Cards are valid for 12 months from the date the first journey is made. Not only that, but we have also managed to arrange discounts for Great Little Trains of Wales Card Holders with selected accommodation providers close to many of our member railways. This makes the card a real bargain!

In other news Llechfan is delighted to welcome two more Volunteers who are nobly helping with the desperately needed general gardening, all help is very gratefully received. We have had some trains moving over the Winter, a spate of dreadfully wet Sundays put pay to a good few running sessions but the recent dry spell has allowed engines and works alike to make steady progress. As the evenings draw out we hope to return soon to playing on Thursday Evenings too.


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Not just for Dads

Talyllyn Treats

Special VIP Days Out Whether you're a train enthusiast or just coming along for the Tour the museum, Lunch in ride, Talyllyn promises to proKing’s Cafe, tour of the workvide you with many facilities shops and sheds a locomoand additions to cherish with tive footplate ride and first many happy memories of class travel. All in one day! visiting this unique railway. Occupying Wharf station are the Railway’s very own cafe, museum, and souvenir shop. The newly renovated cafe is open throughout the majority of the year, and provides locally sourced food and drink for both our first time visitors and Tywyn locals. Talyllyn is proud to be able to sell our very own beer, from a brewery in North Wales. To sell our drink, the cafe also plays host to its own licensed bar, which is also used during the day and evening for special functions and public events. Narrow Gauge The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum ( free entry) includes over two hunRailway Museum dred years worth of steam railway history from all across the British Isles. From model trains to an in depth look at Reverend Awdry's study and the When visiting the Talyllyn connection between the Thomas The Tank Engine stories and The Talyllyn Railway, the museum is a fun and educating experience for young and old. pop in and pay us a visit at The extensive walks along the line are not to be forgotten. With the advanTywyn Wharf station. There tage of a return ticket allowing you to get on and off the train at any station are artefacts and displays as and when you chose, visiting the Dolgoch Falls is a must. With caves telling the story of Narrow and waterfalls to explore these beautiful hidden ravines are an adventure Gauge Railways across the whether it's glorious sunshine or not, but mind not to slip! You can also find a historic walk along Nant Gwernol, and up into the site of the Bryn Eglwys UK and Ireland. Also a quarries, that gave purpose and reason for the railway being built in 1865. recreation of the Rev W Helpful leaflets are available from Stations to provide guidance along these Awdry’s study, where he trails. wrote the Railway series of So whether you are keen to learn the history of the railway, take a children's books. walk along the unequivocally beautiful trails and waterfalls, or just fancy a stop off for a drink and a chat with Admission is free. the friendly volunteers, there will always be something to do here in the heart of Wales. For more information on travelling, tickets, and events going on throughout the year, please give the website a visit at Amy Price

Exhibit locomotive ‘Dot’

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The World’s First Preserved Railway Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway, Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd. LL36 9EY. Phone 01654 710472 Fax 01654 711755 enquiries@ newsletter@

We have been pretty busy over the winter, as we expected. Loco No. 4 has been steamed, run in and returned to traffic, the leaking flanges on loco No. 1’s boiler have been machined true and refitted, with new gaskets, curing the steam leaks, whilst Loco No. 2 has been checked over and passed for another season’s work. Work has continued on Loco 6, but not as quickly as we hoped; Loco 7 has had some attention, but we have decided to delay the annual boiler exam until July, by which time we should have No. 6 back to help with the passenger trains. Loco No 3 will need some cosmetic work before it sets off on the back of a lorry for a goodwill tour, when it will be visiting other heritage railways and museums throughout the country, hopefully raising funds for its overhaul which we plan to start in 2014. We re-laid a stretch of track near Dolgoch station, renewing the trackside drains as we worked and we were able to make further use of the New Sleeper Fund monies by relaying a long stretch of track above Abergynolwyn during March. To allow the work to continue uninterrupted passenger trains turned back at Abergynolwyn, recreating the early days of the Railway when only goods trains ran on the top section of the line and passenger coaches were left in Abergynolwyn station. We also replaced the curved track leading to our engineering sidings at Wharf, work which can be admired from the Museum balcony during the season. The passenger coaches have not been neglected; saloon carriage no. 21 had a virtually new body fitted last year and during the winter has been painted and varnished ready to return to use this year, looking very smart. On the mechanical side all the brakes have been checked over, new brake blocks have been fitted where needed, linkages have been lubricated and each coach has been tested to ensure the brakes work as specified.

D Scotson Loco No. 6 having it’s new crosshead, slippers and sidebar fitted. This process requires precise alignment. Photo

Steve Bowers

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