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image for Railway Event item typePHOTO CHARTER: Talyllyn Railway Adventure at Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

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Railway Event, Mon 19 - Wed 21 Mar 2018

Talyllyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway

Details

For our Spring 2018 charters, we again plan to take advantage of the matching liveries of Nos.1 Talyllyn and No.2 Dolgoch and pair them together along with the line's original rolling stock to create as authentic an impression of the early years of the Talyllyn Railway as we possibly can.

Neither locomotive will carry an air pump during these charters and we will use a variety of combinations, including running the full four original coaches plus TR Van No.5, with Loco No.2 on its own and also doubleheading with No.1. We will also split the trains to allow the locomotives to be posed together on authentic stock, and to create passing scenes. We will also use the three TR slate wagons at various points in proceedings.

This year, we are ‘cutting it a little fine’ in terms of loco availability, as the Tuesday of our charters marks the final day of the current boiler certificate for No.1 Talyllyn. The loco will then be taken out of traffic for a major overhaul, hopefully at the same time as No.3 Sir Haydn is being prepared to reenter traffic after its own extensive overhaul at the Vale of Rheidol Railway’s works in Aberystwyth. The first two days of the charters will therefore be our third attempt at photographing Nos.1 and 2 together in the matching livery applied for the Railway’s150th anniversary celebrations! We will do our best to ensure that crews are dressed appropriately for the period we aim to reflect and we aspire to be as accurate as possible, within the bounds of artistic licence to allow for locomotive modifications!

As the charters take place before the clocks change for British Summertime, we will be holding a night shoot on Monday evening, expected to be at Nant Gwernol.

Our third day of the charters will feature No.6 Douglas on a train of ballast wagons with the Talyllyn Railway Van No.5 on the end of the train. Of course, some of you may be thinking “I don’t want to do this in bright orange livery wearing a face” - what you purists miss out on! However, 2018 is a very special anniversary for No.6 as it celebrates its 100th year since entering traffic in 1918 for the Airservice Constructional Corps, at Calshot Spit near Southampton. The 0-4-0T Andrew Barclay built loco remained in traffic between 1921 and 1945. After four years in storage, the locomotive was sold into industrial service in 1949 and was presented to the Talyllyn Railway by Abelson & Company in 1953, when it was regauged to 2’3”. It has been a for some sixty years, on occasion appearing as Duncan, a character from the children's series of railway books created by Reverend W Awdry. To mark its 100th year, No.6 will be appearing in a new livery which should be more attractive to photographers than its current colours. Whilst this has yet to be unveiled, I think it is safe to say that the new livery will be in keeping with the loco’s history and heritage and will give us a very interesting new livery not previously carried in preservation. Progress on each day will, as ever, be dictated by the weather, but over the course of the full charter we will visit as many of the best photographic locations on the line as we can, at the right times to take full advantage of any available light and, who knows, perhaps the now famous daffodils may be in full bloom!

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

King's Licenced Cafe & Bistro - at Tywyn Wharf station open from breakfast to afternoon tea, and on selected evenings. Gift Shop - a wide range of gifts, books, models and souvenirs at Tywyn Wharf station. The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Free museum at Tywyn Wharf telling the story of the narrow gauge railways of Wales and beyond. Quarryman's Caban - tea rooms at Abergynolwyn station, open when train are running. Most trains take a 20-30 minute break here. Railway car parks at Tywyn Wharf (£1 )and Abergynolwyn (Free). There is a privately owned car park at Dolgoch Falls (charges).

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 19 - Wed 21 Mar 2018

Prices

Prices: Full event £165.00, Monday & Tuesday £60.00 each dsy, Wednesday £55.00.

Address

Gorsaf Wharf Station,
Tywyn,
Gwynedd,
LL36 9EY

Location

Directions

Plan route to Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 585004  Lat: 52.58294 Long: -4.08988

Tywyn is on the A493 road from Machynlleth to Dolgellau. Approaching from Aberdyfi, Wharf station is on the left. Coming from Dolgellau, go through the town centre past the National Rail station for 300yds and we are on the right. Large car park 100 yards away.

Parking is also available at Dolgoch and Abergynolwyn stations, located on the B4405 Bryncrug to Talyllyn road.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Tywyn station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

King's Licenced Cafe & Bistro - at Tywyn Wharf station open from breakfast to afternoon tea, and on selected evenings. Gift Shop - a wide range of gifts, books, models and souvenirs at Tywyn Wharf station. The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Free museum at Tywyn Wharf telling the story of the narrow gauge railways of Wales and beyond. Quarryman's Caban - tea rooms at Abergynolwyn station, open when train are running. Most trains take a 20-30 minute break here. Railway car parks at Tywyn Wharf (£1 )and Abergynolwyn (Free). There is a privately owned car park at Dolgoch Falls (charges).

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 8
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

Disability Access Statement is available online at http://talyllyn.co.uk/access or by phoning 01654 710472.