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Conwy Valley Miniature Steam Railway

Ride on the miniature steam railway in picturesque surroundings - 8 minute ride over one mile. Trains run most days from 10.30am - steam trains are subject to weather and availability. The last train is 30 minutes before closing.

A museum building was added followed by the installation of a 71/4 inch gauge railway in the shape of a dog's bone loop. In 1985 the company was acquired by Colin Cartwright and in due course the line was more than doubled in length.

In order to cater for the older section of our communities and handicapped people a 15 inch gauge tramcar was built in Walsall on a chassis created by Brett Rogers and T.M.A. Engineering and a 1/2 mile length of track was laid parallel to the main line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, 3 gauge trackproviding us with the only station footbridge in the United Kingdom to span three different gauges of 71/4 inch, 15 inch and standard gauge (see photo to right).

As traffic increased on the 71/4 line the north curve was extended and a passing loop was installed at the side of the buffet coach. Articulated coaches had been designed and built with both twin and triple sets with sit-in seating, in preference to sit-astride, giving more comfort and safety with a lower centre of gravity. Two of these sets have covered roofs which increased passengers, even in times of bad weather, as the railway and model shop are open every day of the year excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Over the last 12 months a considerable amount of new rail, of both steel and aluminium, has been laid. All rails on the north and south curves have been replaced and rolled, with the last section of the original point rodding rails replaced by 4 Lb/yd steel rail in June 2009. Also with re-ballasting throughout we now have a line that gives an excellent ride. Two new sidings are in place at the station.

Museum and Train Ride prices can be found at the bottom of this page.


Engines currently in use

Doulgas Gwydir Castle
Gwydir Castle


Old Rube Union Pacific
Old Rube
Union Pacific

Things to look out for when going on the train ride:

1. Model Village

Model village

Model village
Model village
Model village Model village
Model village

Museum and Train Ticket Prices

Train: £2.00 each

Multi-ride ticket: £15.00

Under 24 months: Free


Adult: £1.50

Child and OAP: £1

Family: £4.00

Group rates for parties of 10 or more – please contact us for details


Unfortunately, the tram is currently not operational. The line was flooded on Boxing Day and gales have brought down the power cables so it is a big job to get everything working again.


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