Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

A fascinating glimpse into 200 years of narrow gauge railway history

Located at Tywyn Wharf station, the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artefacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles, throughout a period spanning some 200 years.  The collection ranges from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as paperwork, signalling equipment and tickets.  As such, it is a unique and comprehensive record of these fascinating railways, nearly 80 of which are represented in the collection.

The Museum displays contain a special section devoted to the Reverend W. V. Awdry creator of “Thomas the Tank Engine”. Awdry was an early volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway, and its history and his experiences were the inspiration for his “Skarloey Railway” on which operated scarcely disguised counterparts of Talyllyn locomotives.  The collection includes a reconstruction of part of the Reverend Awdry’s study from his last home in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Click here to find out more about the Awdry Connection and click here to visit the Museum website for further information on the Awdry and Thomas connection.

Admission to the museum is free; donation boxes are provided for those who wish to show their appreciation.  All monies collected are put towards the development and conservation of our collection.

The museum leaflets are available in English and Welsh.  Click here to download the English version and click here to download the Welsh version.

Contact the Museum

The museum is run by volunteers and all help is greatly appreciated, whether practical, financial or by donating items to the collection.

To contact the museum, write to
The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Wharf Station, Tywyn
Gwynedd, Wales LL36 9EY

or email the Secretary, Andrew Nock, at

For full details on the collection and further information see the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum website.