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Narrow Gauge Steam Railway, next open Fri 8 - Sun 10 May 2020, £3-£6

Corris Steam Railway & Museum

Corris Steam Railway & Museum

Corris Steam Railway & Museum

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Details

The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge (2 foot 3 inch) railway whose origins date back to the 1850's. The line was initially built as a horse-and-gravity worked tramroad to carry slate from the quarries of Corris Uchaf and Aberllefenni in southern Merionethshire to the nearest navigable point on the Afon Dyfi (River Dovey), where it was loaded into ships and carried to its diverse destinations. In the 1860's the line ceased to deliver direct to shipping and instead transhipped its slate to the standard gauge railway at Machynlleth, in western Montgomeryshire. A semi-official passenger service, using adapted wagons, flourished in the early 1870s.

In 1878 the line was acquired by a London company, Imperial Tramways Ltd and three steam locomotives and ten purpose-built passenger carriages were introduced, although due to a dispute with the quarry owners, passenger services were suspended until 1883. For the rest of the nineteenth century the Railway was very prosperous, developing a substantial tourist traffic. From 1892, Imperial Tramways was based in Bristol, sharing offices and management with the Bristol Tramways firm.

The twentieth century brought with it a decline in the slate industry, followed by increasing competition from road transport. The railway ran its own successful bus services, using vehicles provided from Bristol and it was probably more a desire to control these services than to acquire the Corris Railway itself that led to the Great Western Railway purchasing the line from Imperial Tramways in 1930. Soon afterwards passenger services were withdrawn. The line continued in use for goods only until 1948, when it became one of the first to be closed by the newly-nationalised British Railways. The line was dismantled soon after closure, the surviving locomotives and rolling stock finding a new life on the nearby Talyllyn Railway, where they are still to be seen in operation.

Trains leave Corris Station on the hour from 11.00am to 4.00pm, with a round trip taking 50 minutes, including a guided tour of the 137-year old engine shed and workshops at Maespoeth. The Museum is open between 10.30am and 5.00pm on the days that passenger services operate.

Regional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcome

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Fri 8 - Sun 10 May 2020
Sun 17 May 2020
Sat 23 - Mon 25 May 2020
Sat 6 - Sun 7 Jun 2020
Sun 14 Jun 2020
Sun 21 Jun 2020
Sun 28 Jun 2020
Sun 5 Jul 2020
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Jul 2020
Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jul 2020
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Jul 2020
Sat 1 - Tue 4 Aug 2020
Sat 8 - Tue 11 Aug 2020
Sat 15 - Tue 18 Aug 2020
Sat 22 - Tue 25 Aug 2020
Sat 29 - Mon 31 Aug 2020
Sun 6 Sep 2020
Sun 13 Sep 2020
Sun 20 Sep 2020
Sun 27 Sep 2020
Sun 4 Oct 2020
Sun 11 Oct 2020
Sun 18 Oct 2020
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Oct 2020
Sat 31 Oct 2020
Sat 12 - Sun 13 Dec 2020
Trains leave Corris Station on the hour from 11:00 to 16:00. Steam hauled trains all dates except diesel on 24 October. Gravity trains first Sunday of the month May - September at 15:15.

Prices

2020 Fares: Adult £6.00, Child (5 - 15) £3.00, Child under 5 Free, Seniors £5.50, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £15.00.

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Address

Station Yard,
Corris,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 9SH

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 755078  Lat: 52.65359 Long: -3.84191

Corris steam and railway museum is located just off the A487 (Machynlleth - Dolgellau road) and is signposted.

The nearest train station is Machynlleth (5 miles), however there is local public transport serving the village of Corris.

Various cycle routes pass close by; NCN route 8, Lon Las (North), Lon Las Cymru and Southern Snowdonia Circular.

www.traveline-cymru.info

www.sustrans.org.uk

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Machynlleth station

Facilities

  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome