Useful Links

Click here to join fairbournevolunteerBelow are some links relating to Steam Railways and Railways in general that we think may be of use. (all links will open in a new window)


Explore Wales Pass - Money saving ticket that allows unlimited travel on Welsh mainline railways and most scheduled bus services. Many tourist railways (including Fairbourne) and other visitor attractions offer discounts to Flexipass holders.

National Rail Enquiries - Online UK train time planner.

Local Accommodation

Panteinion Hall Panteinion Hall is ideally situated for friends, family, groups and field studies at all levels for a weekend or week away, where you can relax and enjoy the local area

Garthyfog Farm Garthyfog Farm boasts magnificent views of the Mawddach Estuary. Backing onto the Cader Idris mountain range with the popular beaches of Fairbourne and Barmouth less than two miles away.

Wales Holidays Find a variety of Holiday Accomodation with Wales Holidays.

Coast & Country Holidays Holiday Cottages in Wales

Seagulls Holiday Home. Fairbourne. Seagulls is a comfortably furnished three bed-roomed holiday home in Fairbourne offering good sized accomodation for up to 5 people. It is situated only 200 yards to the beach.

Trawsfynydd Holiday Village Situated in Snowdonia National Park. Offers log cabins sleeping 4-8 people and a bunkhouse sleeping 20

Quality Cottages offer selected Welsh self-catering cottage and holiday homes for vacation rentals throughout the coastal and rural countryside of Wales.

Tyddyn Mawr Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast

Einion House - Excellent licensed Guest House 5 minutes walk away from the Railway.

Cadair View Lodge Located at Bronaber, near Trawsfynydd, these are well equipped Norwegan Log Cabins. Very cosy!

Wales Holidays - Self-catering agency, with cottages throughout Wales

Trefeddian Hotel - Aberdyfi (Aberdovey) Hotel, celebrating itsCentenary, is open throughout the year.

Somewhere to go - Accommodation & attractions website.

Railway Cottage - Snowdonia A charming, 18th century stone-built, mid-terrace Fairbourne cottage, nestling on the edge of this seaside village, which lies between the scenic Cambrian Mountains and Barmouth Bay in the Snowdonia National Park.

Hotels near the Fairbourne Railway

The Sandpiper Guest House (Pibydd y Dorian) located in Barmouth.

Snowdonia Cottages the very best in Self Catering Cottages, Holiday Caravans and quality Bed and Breakfast.

Barn View Cottages Three self-catering holiday cottages in the heart of the beautiful Mid Wales countryside.

Graig Wen local holiday retreat with B&B, self catering cottage and campsite

George the 3rd Hotel

Other Miniature Railways

Conway Valley Railway 7¼" gauge miniature railway at Betws-y-Coed, adjacent to the BR Station.
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway Dual gauge 10¼" / 7¼" miniature railway.
Perrygrove Railway 15" gauge steam railway in the Forest of Dean.
No24 Official site of ex-Fairbourne locomotive SRRL No24.
Rudyard Lake Railway
Kirklees Light Railway Former home of No24 and Tracy Jo.
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway Home to No24.
Bure Valley Railway Home of "Wroxham Broad" which ran at Fairbourne as "Tracy Jo" before being converted to steam.
Evesham Vale Light Railway - Very new railway with some ex-Fairbourne carriages (nice people, please pay them a visit!).
Ravenglass & Eskdale - A superb railway in Cumbria.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway The longest 15 " railway in the world - a fantastic railway located on the Kent coast.
Rhyl Miniature Railway The oldest 15" gauge railway in Britain.
Warley Model Railway Club web site
Britains Great Little Railways

South Downs Railway Our volunteer run railway is in the Pulborough Garden Centre, Stopham Road, Pulborough, RH20 1DS. Our trains will take you on an exciting trip through the gardens from Stopham Road Station.

Trains run from March to September and are usually hauled by a real coal burning steam engine. It’s great fun for adults and children alike.

Railway Magazines

Miniature Railway World

Welsh Narrow Gauge

Bala Lake Railway
Brecon Mountain Railway
Corris Railway
Ffestioniog Railway
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Talyllyn Railway
Welsh Highland Railways (Porthmadog)
Welsh Highland Railways (Caernarfon)
Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Discussion forums

UK Miniature Railways Excellent source of news and information about miniature railways.


Peter Johnson - Railway journalist and author.
Wales Directory – A comprehensive list of all the Events and Activities around the Mawddach Estuary - The beautiful Barmouth - Dolgellau 'Railway Walk' and cycle way. - Mawddach Way - A 50km circular footpath walk around the Mawddach Estuary.

Web Site

Return2ferry - A pictorial history of the 15" Fairbourne Railway.

Fairbourne Facing Change - The Fairbourne Facing Change Community Action Group (FFC) was established in direct response to the alarming way the West of Wales Shoreline Management Plan 2(SMP2) was publicised on national and local television. The BBC programme ‘Week in Week Out’ broadcast on Tuesday, 11th February 2014, did not present an accurate and balanced reporting of the situation. This, then followed with further inaccurate coverage culminating in unnecessary concerns for the community.

Over the past year the Group has been successful in raising these issues and gaining the support of all  relevant Agencies, including Gwynedd Council, Welsh and Westminster Governments and  Natural Resources Wales. FFC regularly update the village residents and other interested parties with Newsletters which can be seen on their website. A number of Drop in Meetings and Surgeries have also been held to address the concerns raised by the Community, Social fund raising events have been popular and above all FCC we instrumental in persuading the BBC to follow up their initial 'Week in Week' out program where it was stressed that Fairbourne village will be protected for a minimum of 40 years.