All Aboard for the very best steam train tour experience in North Wales! For all steam train enthusiasts, this tour enables you to get around and link up with the very best steam railways in North Wales! A blast of the whistle and the hiss of steam and you’re away! Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery …
Discover the timeless appeal of our narrow-gauge steam trains and savour the grandeur of North Wales. No two railways are the same and they all offer a unique experience of a bygone era. The special attraction of narrow gauge railways lies in their modest size compared with the main line ones and their leisurely speed gives time to take in some of the splendid scenery.
Our steam train tours are tailor made to meet your own specific needs, working around the operating timetables of each railway company. We feature three different steam railway touring days and the great benefit in taking our Steam Railway tours is that you can take in two or even three different journey’s in one day, as we link you quickly and efficiently between the railway stations operating companies.
Our most popular scenic Steam Railway Tour features the Snowdon Mountain Railway, along with the Welsh Highland Railway, followed the next day by rides on the Talyllyn Railway and Ffestiniog Railway. A third day is possible linking the Llangollen Railway and the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway.
STEAM TRAIN GALLERY
Snowdon Mountain Railway: Described as one of the most unique and wonderful railway journeys in the world. The railway is the only rack and pinion railway operating n Britain and climbs to the summit of Mount Snowdon (3,560 feet) the highest Mountain in England and Wales! Most trips operate with diesel locomotives, but if you want to make it a very special journey and enjoy the original steam journey, the Snowdon Mountain Railway offer a special unique ‘Heritage Steam Experience’ which is operated by one of the original three working
steam locomotives from 1896.
Llanberis Lakeside Railway: A very popular small railway track featuring little steam engines vintage steam engines rescued from the nearby Dinorwic slate quarries and lovingly restored. Originally built as a railway to export the slate from the Dinorwic Quarry, the line now features a journey alongside Lake Padarn and provides magnificent views of Snowdon and the surrounding high peaks.
Welsh Highland Railway: The UK’s longest heritage railway with a track that runs 25 miles from coast to coast through the scenic Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy the site of the huge Beyer-Garratts engines, which are the largest steam locmotives that operate on a narrow gauge railway anywhere in the world! The journey itself is one of the most spectacular ways to see the awe-inspiring scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and routes from Caernarfon, around the foot of Mount Snowdon, passing lakes and routing through the scenic village of Beddgelert and the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass.
Ffestiniog Railway: Truly one of the best ‘Great Little Railways’ of Wales and officially the oldest operating independent railway company in the World! This two foot gauge railway opened originally in 1836 and is a 13 ½ mile journey from the coast at Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The train journey climbs over 700 feet up into the mountains and provides beautiful scenic views of the Snowdonia National Park.
This a historic narrow-gauge steam railway which opened in 1865 and operates along the scenic and beautiful Fathew valley. The line runs for seven and a quarter miles from Tywyn on the coast to Nant Gwernol, from where a series of horse-drawn tramways continued into the mountains. Both theoriginal locomotives and all the original carriages remain in regular use to this day.
Vale of Rheidol Railway: Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11 ¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The locomotives and carriages currently in use were built for the line by the Great Western Railway between 1923 and 1938. The line is a masterpiece of engineering, opened in 1902 to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic.
Bala Lake Railway: Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway) offers a delightful journey from Llanuwchllyn (‘the village above the lake’) alongside Llyn Tegid, Wales’ largest natural lake. The narrow gauge steam trains give excellent views of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park as it passes through pastoral and woodland scenery, and
of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway: Enjoy an 8 mile steam train ride through the Welsh countryside into the delightful Banwy Valley. The train will be hauled by one of our historic steam locomotives and the excitement begins as the train battles up the notoriously steep Golfa-Bank accompanied by the sound of the locomotive echoing off the surrounding hills.
Llangollen Railway: Primarily a steam hauled Heritage Railway capturing the sights and sounds of yesteryear. The Llangollen Railway is the only operating standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales and the line follows the River Dee for 10 miles and remains close to the waters edge through the picturesque Dee Valley to the town of Corwen.
We can start this tour from wherever you are staying in North Wales and Chester.
Remember, this will be your very own bespoke tailor made ‘Steam Train Tour of North Wales’. We plan the steam railway tours to coincide with each operators timetable and to help you make the most of your visit. The main bulk of the train schedules operate from March through to November.
Your actual tour price is dependent on a number of factors:
- The number of persons taking the private tour
- The time of year that you choose to tour
- The tour duration that you choose for your touring day
- The start and end locations where we pick you up and drop you off.
Our tour rates do not include: Entrance fees to Attractions / Refreshments, Drinks or Lunch on the day / Driver & Tour Guide Gratuities.
Please note that this is menu of tour options and it is not possible to cover every site or attraction in one day!