Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society Records

Scope and Content

Records of Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society, 1960-1975, including reports, 1972-1974; and 'Talyllyn News' magazines, 1960-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Talyllyn Railway, a narrow gauge railway in the Taly-y-llyn valley, ran from Bryneglwys Slate Quarry, near Abergynolwyn, Merionethshire, to the coast at Tywyn, Merionethshire, linking up with the national railway network. The Talyllyn Railway Company was formed through an Act of Parliament and the railway was completed in about 1865, providing a mineral and passenger service. In 1911, the quarry, railway and Abergynolwyn house were bought by Henry Haydn Jones, MP (1863-1950), who formed the Abergynolwyn Slate & Slab Co. Ltd to run the quarry, which closed in 1946; the railway closed in 1950. The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society was then formed, and it took over the railway as a passenger service, run by volunteers. The railway continues to be owned by the Talyllyn Railway Company, whose shares are held by Talyllyn Holdings Limited, now a charity. The Society produces a magazine for its members, 'Talyllyn News'.


Arranged chronologically

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Miscellaneous Collection (Dolgellau) (Z/M/1063), catalogue; Meirionnydd Archives, The Talyllyn Railway Collection, catalogue (4 vols); Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway website (www.talyllyn.co.uk), viewed 24 November 2004; Boyd, J. I. C., The Tal-y-llyn Railway (Didcot: Wild Swan, 1988).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are possible

Related Material

The main Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society archive is Meirionydd Archives, Z/DDJ, and further material is ZM/1357, ZM/1398, and ZM/1452.