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The Great Little Trains of Wales are narrow gauge railways located throughout the principality which have a combined marketing strategy giving bargain travel through purchase of a GLTW Discount Card.

Of course, day travel is available at all of the venues. Full details are available in a Fact Pack obtainable from:
The Secretary, The Great Little Trains of Wales,
Talyllyn Railway, Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9BR
Tel: 01654 710472

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The Discount Card costs £10, which allows 20% off normal return fares.  Each card is valid for 12 months from the date the first journey is made. Discounts have also been arranged at selected accommodation close to many of the railways.

Contact numbers and addresses of the individual railways are given below (those marked with an asterisk (*) are participating in the Explore Wales Pass scheme which allows unlimited travel by public transport throughout Wales, as well as discounted admission to a number of preserved railways and other tourist attractions).

Bala Lake Railway*
Yr Orsaf, LLANUWCHLLYN, Bala, Gwynedd, United Kingdom. LL23 7DD Tel: +44 (0)1678 540666
Operating over 4½ miles along the shores of Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) in North Wales.
Brecon Mountain Railway*
Pant Station, MERTHYR TYDFIL, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom. CF48 2UP Tel: +44 (0)1685 722988, Fax: +44 (0)1685 384854
Runs from the northern outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil to Dol-y-Gaer, overlooking Pontsticill reservoir at the foot of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales.
Ffestiniog Railway*
Harbour Station, PORTHMADOG, Gwynedd, United Kingdom. LL49 9NF Tel: +44 (0)1766 516000 Fax: +44 (0)1766 514715
Spectacular views travelling in or behind some of the original Victorian carriages and locomotives are the hallmarks of this 13½ mile trip from Porthmadog on the coast of Gwynedd high into the foothills of Snowdonia.
Llanberis Lake Railway*,
Padarn Park, LLANBERIS, GWYNEDD, United Kingdom. LL55 4TY Tel: +44 (0)1286 870549
Runs for two miles along the shore of Llanberis Lake on the trackbed of the line which served Dinorwic slate quarries.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Llanberis, Gwynedd, United Kingdom. LL55 4TY Tel: +44(0)8444938120
Climbs to the summit of Snowdon, at 3,560 ft the highest mountain in England and Wales.
Talyllyn Railway*
Wharf Station, TYWYN, Gwynedd, United Kingdom. LL36 9EY Tel: +44 (0)1654 710472 Fax: +44 (0)1654 711755
7½ miles of rare-gauge travel behind steam locomotives, some of which are over a century old.
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Park Avenue, ABERYSTWYTH, Dyfed, United Kingdom. SY23 1PG Tel: +44 (0)1970 625819 Fax: +(0)1970 623769
Rises through a vertical height of 600ft during its 11¾ mile journey between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge. The terminus is adjacent to the mainline station at Aberystwyth.
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway* (formerly Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog))
Gelert's Farm Works, PORTHMADOG, Gwynedd, United Kingdom. LL49 9DY Tel: +44 (0)1766 513402
¾-of-a-mile of 1ft 11½in gauge track close to the national railway network station at Porthmadog.
Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon)*
St Helen's Road, Caernarfon. LL55 2YD Tel: +44 (0)766 516000
In April, the WHR will open its narrow-gauge railway extension from Dinas to Porthmadog, the final phase of its project to complete the 25 mile route through the Snowdonia National Park.
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys, United Kingdom. SY21 0SF Tel: +44 (0)1938 810441 Fax: +44 (0)1938 810861
Steep gradients and balcony saloon coaches from Austria feature on an eight-mile trip which starts a mile from Welshpool station on the national railway network.

Select the link for the official Great Little Trains of Wales Website.

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