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Beach Road, FAIRBOURNE, Gwynedd. LL38 2PZ

Tel: +44 (0)1341 250362   Fax: +44 (0)1341 250240

52 39N 4 07W; UK National Grid SH 616 128

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The Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway opened in 1895 as a 2-ft tramway by self-raising flour magnate Sir Arthur MacDougall. In 1916 it was regauged to 15-ins, and underwent another change of gauge to 12 inches in 1986.
Acquired by its present owners in April 1995, the railway is celebrating a Tenth Anniversary this year. Among the features of the two-and-a-half mile seafront line is a tunnel through the sand-dunes.
To outdo Llanfair PG on the
North Wales Coast Line, the F&BR has strung together a number of places and phrases relevant to its location, to give one of its intermediate stations what is claimed to be the world's longest station name: Gorsafawddachachaidraigddanheddogleddollonpenrhynareudraethceridigion which is certainly accepted by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest place name in the British Isles. It translates into English as: The Mawddach station with its dragon's teeth on the northerly Penrhyn Drive on the golden beach of Cardigan Bay.
The name has now been changed to Golf Halt, which is far less of a mouthful. Loop Halt is where trains pass each other providing splendid photo opportunities. Alight here for the Embankment Footpath if you want to take the scenic walk to m Barmouth across the bridge. Beach Halt serves that golden beach, while the northern terminus of the line is Porth Penrhyn, where the line connects with the ferry to/from Barmouth. There is also the Pullman Pavilion Cafe.
Adjoining, Fairbourne is the Rowen Nature Centre which no longer has lobster and barn owl displays, but does house a G-scale model railway layout.

Rescue Appeal

Since the death of the FBR's benefactor, the railway is now in financial difficulty. Redundancies have been made and others may have to follow. It has launched an appeal for one-off payments of 50 to make up the shortfall.
If you want to help, please use the contact details at the top of the page to get in touch with the FBR.

F&BR Locomotives

Steam locomotives Diesel locomotive
Curwen 0-6-2T Yeo, built 1978 Fairbourne Locomotive Works A1-1A Lilian Walter, built 1985
Milner 0-4-0ST Sherpa, built 1978
Curwen 0-6-4ST Beddgelert, built 1979

Other locomotive

Milner 2-6-4T Russell, rebuilt 1985 Fairbourne Locomotive Works 4 wheel battery electric Gwril, built 1987

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Days and Times 2014


The P&BR's Milner 0-4-0ST locomotive SherpaSpecial events (contact the FBR for times and fares)

May 25th and 26th
Little to Large - Steam engines in action from our locos, miniatures and a traction engine.

December 20th and 21st Santa Specials leave Fairbourne at 11.30am and 1.30pm each day.

The railway also operates extra trains by arrangement. Contact the railway for details.


(including admission to Nature Centre)

Diesel on Demand Day Rover (Return)
Adult 5.00 9.00
Child 3.00 5.25 (1 Accompanied)
Senior Citizen 5.00 8.00
Dog 1.00 1.00

Children under three travel free (except on Santa Specials).
Day Rover tickets are valid for unlimited travel on day of purchase, except for evening events.
One-way, the journey takes about 20 minutes.
For an extra 20, you can enjoy the journey from the footplate (Subject to availability).

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Things to do

Driver Experience Courses

The Day Driver Experience courses for over-18s take place when the F&BR is not running its timetabled passenger service.
Family and friends can ride in the train hauled by your engine, and you and a guest have a packed lunch; while you get a year's membership of the F&BR and a certificate commemorating the completion of the drivers' course.
The F&BR also offers a two-to-three hours evening course during the operating season, .
You ride the footplate of the last service of the day, then take the regulator for a run to Barmouth Ferry and back, then assist in putting the locomotive away
Again, a packed lunch is included, as well as a year's membership of the railway and a certificate of completion.

The Day Course is 265 for one participant or 330 if two people wish to share the day; while the Evening Course costs 95.

The Railway museum has a display showing a century in the life of the Fairbourne Railway and includes a model of the line.
Adjacent to the Fairbourne terminus is the Rowen Centre, with G-scale railway, ferrets, chipmunks and fish located along a busy trout stream.
Alight at Gorsafawddachachaidraigddanheddogleddollonpenrhynareudraethceridigion for the 9-hole Fairbourne golf course.

The Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway can also be used as part of an exhilarating half-day's pleasure with stunning views of sea- and mountainscapes.
From Fairbourne, take the train to Porth Penrhyn, and join the ferry for the crossing to Barmouth, where, among other attractions, there is a lifeboat museum and leisure centre. From Barmouth, walk 800-yards along the toll footbridge which shares the railway crossing to Morfa Mawddach - a mostly timber structure of 113 spans plus two steel spans over the bed of the river. (If you encounter a train during the crossing - don't worry: The bridge always shakes!). From Morfa Mawddach, walk, or take the
Arriva Trains Wales service, back to Fairbourne. Of course, the route can be followed in the reverse direction or starting from any intermediate point, as desired.

Visit the Film Club

If you're in the area and are a film fan, you can help the railway by joining the Film Club.
The village film club donate all proceeds (after overheads ) to the Fairbourne Railway. The Film Club meet in the Village Hall on the 1st and 3rd Saturday's of the month for 2pm Matinees showing classic films. Membership is just £1.00 and £3.50 on the day including refreshments. Please support the Film Club and help Fairbourne Railway at the same time.

How to get there

The F&BR is adjacent to the national network station of Fairbourne, served by Arriva Trains Wales. It is on the A493 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth, served by Arriva Cymru bus No 28 between Aberystwyth and Dolgellau.
For details of connecting services, including travel planner and timetables, visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Select here for the FBR's own web site

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