The narrow gauge steam trains of Wales

There are particular methods of travel that make the most of your surroundings. A journey on board one of the many narrow gauge steam trains of Wales is certainly the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the country.

  • Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

    From the harbour at Porthmadog and the backdrop of Caernarfon Castle, to the slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, these powerful trains make for a wonderful journey. See the sights from the comfort of a carriage, climbing more than 700 feet from the sea to the peaks of Snowdon.

    More trains in Snowdonia

  • Vale of Rheidol train in the countryside
    Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by

    Let the restored vintage steam trains take the strain on an adventure through rolling, changing countryside to invigorate the senses. The 12 mile route between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge is a master class in engineering, which has been in use for 110 years – now it’s your turn to sample its delights.

    More trains in Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay

  • Aerial view of Snowdon Mountain Railway.
    Snowdon Mountain Railway, Gwynedd, Snowdonia  by Alex Meacock, Camera Drone UK

    Heading along two major viaducts via a waterfall and an ancient forest, this journey to the peak of Snowdon takes on volcanic rock and sea, ending at a visitor centre with marvellous views across Snowdonia. Exorcise the ghosts of run-of-the-mill train trips on one of the most spectacular journeys you’ll take.

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  • Fairbourne Railway on the track at the Barmouth Ferry Terminus

    Fairbourne Railway at the Barmouth Ferry Terminus, Snowdonia

     by rowanC82

    The roots of this locomotive service hark back to mid-19th century expertise, and the wonderfully relaxing two-mile ride takes in a beach and golf course along the way. The end of the line is notable for offering a connection to a pedestrian ferry bound for the seaside resort of Barmouth.

  • Talyllyn Railway No 6 Douglas and train on Dolgoch Viaduct
    No 6 'Douglas' and train on Dolgoch Viaduct, Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn by Darren Turner

    Get away from it all with a journey slow on speed and fast on sights! Red kites, buzzards and stunning scenery can be seen from the train ride from Tywyn into the mountains. The Talyllyn Railway was the world's first preserved railway, taken over by volunteers during the early 1950s. The beautifully maintained original steam trains are manned by a friendly team on the tracks, offering cream teas and excellent views of the Fathew Valley up towards Cader Idris.

  • A train on the Brecon Mountain Railway in the snow

    Brecon Mountain Railway in the snow, Brecon Beacons

     by Griffin Guiding

    Limestone quarries and the 13th century ruins of Morlais Castle give Brecon two of the most evocative gateways to a railway – and they’re just the start. The Mountain Railway winds through villages, the highest peak in South Wales and the vast, 85 year old Reservoir Dam. Hop off for stunning scenery.

    More trains and historic attractions in Mid Wales

  • Train in the station on the Welshpool to Llanfair Railway, Powys

    Welshpool to Llanfair Railway, Mid Wales

     by James - Leogem

    Start in historic Welshpool and take in the Banwy Valley on an ancient locomotive – the two in use were supplied to the railway back in 1902. This is a great route if you feel like a walk along the riverbank, although your carriage is a choice position for spotting wildlife.

  • Train at the station on Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdonia

    Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdonia

     by David ...

    Glimpse the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, twin lakes, the village of Llanberis and the historic Padarn Country Park on a vintage steam train rescued from local quarries. The five-mile trip offers enviable views of Snowdon, a chance to admire the fire-stoked engine and a lakeside picnic opportunity on the way back.

  • Bala Lake Railway

    Bala Lake Railway, Snowdonia

    Sit back and relax on a nine-mile breeze through the celebrated Snowdonia National Park, beginning in the pretty Llanuwchllyn Village, a place entwined with Arthurian legend. The lake itself is the largest natural body of water in Wales, and sites along the way include churches and a Norman Castle Motte.