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image for Railway Event item typeCentenary of Loco No. 6 & RAF100 Beer Festival at Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

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Railway Event, Fri 1 - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Details

What do you do to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the only surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive once owned by the RAF, in the RAF’s Centenary year?

How about lining it up with one of the RAF’s most iconic aircraft, the Spitfire? Well that is what is going to happen!

During the war the Tywyn area was used as a base for training for anti-aircraft battery personnel, while the beaches were used to practice amphibious landings, including practice for D-Day itself. But the area was also where people came to take a break away from the dangers of the big cities and nightly bombing. Here service personnel could also relax and unwind when on leave. It was also the place where many railway enthusiasts first discovered the then very run down Talyllyn Railway, leading to its eventual preservation.

As well as the Spitfire itself there will be other attractions over the weekend including a Beer Festival with over 15 RAF Themed Ales. On the Friday there will be a significant RAF presence including hopefully a fly-past of current RAF aircraft.

On the Saturday and Sunday there will be events reflecting some of the other aspects of the history of locomotive No.6 and the area during the war. These will include a re-creation of the ‘Calshot Express’ which carried personnel along Calshot Spit connecting the military encampment with the RAF’s primary seaplane base, other special trains include No.2 hauling a train typical for the wartime period, No.6 on an MoD Engineering train and a Slate Train before Bryn Eglwys closed in 1946.

It is also planned to have a floodlighted photo session featuring No.6 and the Spitfire. The Spitfire itself has an RAF Calshot connection being based on designer R.J. Mitchell’s successful Schneider Trophy winning seaplanes in the races held at Calshot before the war. In addition there will be other special trains and attractions throughout the three days.

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
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Jun 2018

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

By Car: 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.

By Rail: Nearest Mainline station is Tywyn on the Cambrian Coast Line

Nearest Airports:
Birmingham 128 miles
Manchester 106 miles
Liverpool 97 miles
Cardiff 132 miles

Nearest Ports:
Holyhead 91 miles
Birkenhead 86 miles
Liverpool 95 miles
Fishguard 88 miles

Public transport enquiries - www.trainline.cyrmu




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.