Most are narrow gauge steam railways with history spanning well over 100 years. Built in a time less hasty than our own, most originally served to carry Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea. However, no two 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.
The Llangollen Railway is the only preserved standard-gauge railway in Mid and North Wales, while Snowdon Railway is Britain's only Rack and Pinion Railway.