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Wharf is conveniently situated for the railway car park, bus services, and Tywyn's mainline station, served by Arriva Trains Wales. Station facilities include toilets (including disabled toilet), refreshments, Railway Shop and the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.
Pendre is a small station serving the eastern end of Tywyn. It is also the operational centre of the railway. Here are situated the locomotive and carriage sheds together with the engineering workshops.
There is easy access from the station to the Falls area where up to two hours can be spent in exploration. Why not break your journey here, train service permitting? There is a pay and display car park nearby, adjacent to the B4405 road, and there are picnic tables in the station area. Environmentally friendly toilet facilities are provided. Passengers should note that the path to the station is not suitable for the elderly or disabled.
Station facilities include a Tea room, shop and toilets (including disabled toilet). At the foot of the (steep) station drive, adjacent to the B4405 road, there is a free car park and a new adventure playground and picnic area. Abergynolwyn is the starting point for a forest walk to Nant Gwernol.
Access to the station is via the forest walks or the footpath from the car park in Abergynolwyn village, both of which are unsuitable for the elderly or disabled. It is the starting point for walks which enable visitors to explore unspoilt woodland and mountain waterfalls and see something of the former slate mining activities in the area, returning to either Nant Gwernol or Abergynolwyn Stations. All walks are well signposted. A free Forestry Commission walks leaflet is available from Wharf.
Bryn Eglwus Slate Quarry
The history of the Talyllyn Railway is inextricably tied up with the history of Bryn Eglwys slate quarry. All but invisible from the main valley road, and from the present-day terminus of the Talyllyn Railway at Nant Gwernol, the quarry once employed 300 men and in its time produced 300,000 tons of slate and slabs.
Trains call on request at Tywyn Pendre, Hendy Halt, Fach Goch Halt, Cynfal Halt, Rhydyronen, Tynllwyn Hen Halt, Brynglas and Quarry Siding Halt. Passengers wishing to board should give a clear handsignal to the driver, whilst those wishing to alight should inform the guard on boarding the train. Please note that car parking at most of these stations and halts is very difficult.
All of the walks can be undertaken by a reasonably fit person and will appeal to individuals, families or organised groups. There is a series of walks leaflets available from the Railway Shop. There is also a free Forestry Commission leaflet available from Wharf which covers the walks around Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol. Walks and waterfalls page
Dolgoch Falls, three sets of magnificent waterfalls in a beautiful wooded ravine, are served by Dolgoch station and many passengers alight here before rejoining the train later in the day (train service permitting). The Dolgoch estate was presented to the people of Tywyn and access is free (with donation boxes). There are various walks around the falls including a circular tour taking in all three levels of the falls.
The falls are attractive at any time of year offering restful serenity beneath the trees. If the weather is wet then the falls are even more stunning as the water thunders down.
Nant Gwernol station is situated in a deep ravine and there are extensive forest walks in the area. Immediately on leaving the station, one of the routes crosses the ravine by means of a footbridge directly over a waterfall and then follows the tumbling stream up to the base of the old incline that was used to bring slate wagons down from the quarries. A circular route returns via the old horse drawn tramway, descending back down to Nant Gwernol station.
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Train and bus connections
The nearest mainline railway station is Tywyn, on the Cambrian Coast line, operated by Arriva Trains Wales (use the National Rail Enquiries Online Journey Planner to search for timetable information).
The Cambrian Coast line connects at Machynlleth with services between Birmingham/Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth. Most Birmingham - Tywyn trains are now through trains. The Talyllyn Railway's Wharf Station is approximately 300 yards walk from the National Railways station in Tywyn - leave the station via the car park and turn right.
If the times of connecting trains are not convenient, buses (see below) can often provide a convenient alternative.
Local bus services are provided by Lloyds Coaches. Please see their site for further information. The 29 and x29 stop at our Tywyn Wharf station. Other buses stop in High Street; proceed inland along High Street to the war memorial, adjacent to Central Stores and from here follow Neptune Road to Wharf station, which is next to the crossroads with the A493.
Relevant bus routes are
- 28: Dolgellau - Fairbourne - Llwyngwril -Tywyn
- 29: Tywyn local service
- x29: Tywyn - Aberdyfi - Machynlleth
- 30: Dolgellau/Machynlleth - Talyllyn - Abergynolwyn - Tywyn
please see the Lloyds Coaches site for latest information.