The Fairbourne is a preserved passenger line in Gwynedd
Stand number: A5
The Fairbourne Railway, operated by a charitable trust, is a remarkable survivor. Starting as an industrial 2 feet gauge horse tramway in 1895, transforming into a 15 inch gauge miniature railway in 1916 and a 12 ¼ inch gauge line in 1985, the line now has a section of dual gauge track to enable 15 inch gauge visitors. We have a 2 mile line, situated on the West coast of Wales from Fairbourne to Barmouth Ferry with boat connections across the Mawddach to Barmouth.
The timetable runs from Easter until the end of October. In August we hold our annual Race the Train event and Santa Specials, Halloween and February half term trains are also features of our season. On 20th April we will be holding our Easter Egg Hunt.
The resident fleet of 4 steam and 2 diesels will be joined at our Steam Gala on 25th to 27th May by the Heywood 0-4-0 Katie built in 1896, which will be the eighth of our former 15 inch gauge locos to return since the inception of the dual gauge track, the first time back in steam at Fairbourne since 1926.
We also have a G scale indoor layout in the Rowan Centre and a 3 ½ and 5 inch gauge miniature line. Our stand will feature souvenirs, postcards, replica nameplates, dvds, badges, guide books, fridge magnets, you name it, we have probably got it, including cuddly Welsh dragons. The book selection includes our own Fairbourne Railway Centenary of Steam with the opportunity of having it signed by the author.
FRPS membership forms will be available for instant sign up. The Preservation Society Promotes and supports the railway with a regular magazine and opportunities to volunteer with members being eligible for free travel on the railway on all scheduled services, excluding special events, of course. Please do ask about our driver experience packages which are very attractively priced.