Experience romance of steam at night on Talyllyn Railway

The Magic of Steam at Night Locomotive No.2 ‘Dolgoch’ at Dolgoch Station. (Photo: David Mitchell)

Visitors are being invited to experience the romance of steam trains at night on Talyllyn Railway with a ‘Late Night Steam event’ on Saturday, August 27.

Trains will be running between Tywyn Wharf Station and Nant Gwernol up until 11pm, transporting passengers into the encroaching darkness with all the sights, smells and sounds associated with a steam train in the dark.

Near Dolgoch Station they will pass through a magical fairy-lit glen, while at Abergynolwyn passengers can enjoy a barbecue and real ale bar. A special illuminated train will also be running, departing from Tywyn at8pm and 11 pm to delight children and adults alike.

The 7pm departure will be a party train to raise funds for the charity ‘Welsh Hearts’ to provide defibrillators. Before boarding the train at Tywyn, passengers will also be able to visit the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, which will be putting on a light show of its own, showing exhibits in a new way.

During the day on the Saturday, the railway’s Young Members Group will be organising a number of activities as well as helping run the passenger service. Trains will be running to Abergynolwyn to take people to the highly popular Abergynolwyn Show, held adjacent to the station.

On Sunday, August 28, there will be a further event at Tywyn Wharf with the annual Series One Land Rover display. Visitors will discover how many Land Rovers can be packed onto the Wharf Station site, meet their owners and see how much care and attention has been lavished on these much loved vehicles.