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The Great Little Trains Of Wales
The Great Little Trains of Wales
Wales
is a joint marketing scheme formed in 1970 to promote some of the narrow gauge railways of Wales
Wales
and encourage visitors to Wales.[1] As well as marketing the railways, the s
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Narrow Gauge Railway
North America · South America · Europe · Australiav t eA narrow-gauge railway (narrow-gauge railroad in the US) is a railway with a track gauge narrower than the standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in). Most narrow-gauge railways are between 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) and 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in). Since narrow-gauge railways are usually built with smaller radius curves, smaller structure gauges and lighter rails, they can be less-costly to build, equip and operate than standard- or broad-gauge railways (particularly in mountainous or difficult terrain). Lower-cost narrow-gauge railways are often built to serve industries and communities where the traffic potential would not justify the cost of a standard- or broad-gauge line. Narrow-gauge railways have specialized use in mines and other environments, where a small structure gauge necessitates a small loading gauge
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Amman Valley Railway
The Amman Valley Railway
Amman Valley Railway
Society (Welsh: Rheilffordd Dyffryn Aman) is situated near the former Gwaun Cae Gurwen branch line, that runs alongside the River Amman, some 10 miles (16 km) north of Swansea in west Wales. Its primary focus is to construct Swansea
Swansea
9 Lines, an eco-friendly tram system to the heart of Swansea
Swansea
and the surrounding areas
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Britain's Great Little Railways
Britain's Great Little Railways
Britain's Great Little Railways
is a company, created in 1994, to provide an umbrella organisation for the owners and operators of the miniature and narrow gauge railways in Great Britain
Great Britain
and the Isle of Man. It represents railways with gauges between 5 in (127 mm) and 20 in (508 mm). Its members include purely commercial operators and heritage railways with long histories, such as the Rhyl Miniature Railway
Rhyl Miniature Railway
which celebrated its centenary in 2011.Contents1 Administration 2 Meetings 3 Members 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksAdministration[edit] The company is run on a not for profit basis with four directors who are volunteers chosen from and elected by the members. The stated aim of the company is to share knowledge and information and to improve the safety of the members railways
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Heritage Railway Association
Heritage Railway Association
Heritage Railway Association
(HRA) is an umbrella organisation representing the majority of the heritage and tourist railways, railway museums, steam centres and railway preservation groups in the UK and Ireland. Groups and individuals involved with the preservation of stations and other railway buildings, and private individuals are also welcomed to join as Friends of the Association. The HRA organises several annual awards and competitions to further railway preservation in the UK, and also maintains various databases, such as that of preserved locomotives — currently numbering over 2500 items — and others holding the details of every known heritage carriage and wagon. The trophies awarded for three awards are lent to the HRA by the National Railway Museum (NRM), based at York. The trophy for the Annual Award is a coat of arms from the locomotive of a royal train on the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway
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British Rail
British Railways
British Railways
(BR), which from 1965 traded as British Rail, was the state-owned company that operated most of the rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the "Big Four" British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. Originally a trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport
Transport
Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962 designated as the British Railways
British Railways
Board.[1] The period of nationalisation saw sweeping changes in the national railway network. A process of dieselisation and electrification took place, and by 1968 steam locomotion had been entirely replaced by diesel and electric traction, except for one narrow-gauge tourist line
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Sealink
Sealink
Sealink
was a ferry company based in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
from 1970 to 1984, operating services to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
and Ireland. Sealink
Sealink
ferries Horsa and Maid of Orleans, Dover, 1973.Ports served by the company included: Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Southampton and Harwich for services to the European continent; Holyhead, Fishguard, Heysham and Stranraer
Stranraer
for services to Ireland
Ireland
and the Isle of Man; Weymouth and Portsmouth for services to the Channel Islands
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St Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day
was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion
(especially the Church of Ireland[4]), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church
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Dublin
Dublin
Dublin
(/ˈdʌblɪn/, Irish: Baile Átha Cliath[11] Irish pronunciation: [ˌbʲlʲɑː ˈclʲiə]) is the capital of and largest city in Ireland.[12][13] Dublin
Dublin
is located in the province of Leinster
Leinster
on the east coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey and bordered on the South by the Wicklow Mountains
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Corris Railway
The Corris
Corris
Railway
Railway
(Welsh: Rheilffordd Corris) is a narrow gauge preserved railway based in Corris
Corris
on the border between Merionethshire (now Gwynedd) and Montgomeryshire
Montgomeryshire
(now Powys) in Mid-Wales. The line opened in 1859, and originally ran from Derwenlas, south east of Machynlleth
Machynlleth
north to Corris
Corris
and on to Aberllefenni. Branches served the slate quarries at Corris
Corris
Uchaf, Aberllefenni, the isolated quarries around Ratgoed and quarries along the length of the Dulas Valley. The railway closed in 1948, but a preservation society was formed in 1966, initially opening a museum; a short section of line between Corris
Corris
and Maespoeth was re-opened to passengers in 2002. The railway now operates as a tourist attraction
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Rhyl Miniature Railway
The Rhyl
Rhyl
Miniature Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Fach y Rhyl) is a 15 in (381 mm) gauge miniature railway line located in Rhyl on the North Wales
Wales
Coast. The line runs in a circle around a boating lake near the promenade, to the west of the town centre
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Teifi Valley Railway
Coordinates: 52°02′10″N 4°24′40″W / 52.036°N 4.411°W / 52.036; -4.411Teifi Valley Railway Rheilffordd Dyffryn Teifi Motor Rail
Motor Rail
Sammy at the original GWR station site in Henllan in 2002.Locale WalesTerminus HenllanCommercial operationsName Carmarthen
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Barry Tourist Railway
The Barry Tourist Railway
Barry Tourist Railway
(formerly the Barry Island
Barry Island
Railway) is a railway developed to attract visitors to Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. It is a key element of the Barry Rail Centre which also includes engineering and training facilities. An unusual aspect of the railway is that for several hundred yards across the Causeway from Barry to Barry Island, the trackbed used is directly alongside the Network Rail
Network Rail
track which uses the original up line, with the Barry Tourist Railway
Barry Tourist Railway
using the down line. This continues from Barry to cross the Causeway and 149-yard Barry Island viaduct after which the two lines diverge into separate platforms at Barry Island. The Railway does not consider itself a line but more of a network as it has two different routes
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2 Ft 6 In Gauge Railways
North America · South America · Europe · Australiav t eThe Barbados Railway.The Chinese Shibanxi Railway. Alishan Forest Railway
Alishan Forest Railway
geared Shay locomotive
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Garw Valley Railway
The Garw Valley Railway is the trading name of the Bridgend
Bridgend
Valleys Railway Company Limited. It operates a short section of 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge railway located in South Wales, which is being recreated as a heritage railway. Formerly part of the Llynvi and Ogmore Railway (L&OR) and built by the Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
(GWR), the line was formerly used for freight and passenger services, with most of the track still in place between Brynmenyn
Brynmenyn
and Pontycymer
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Gwili Railway
The Gwili Railway
Gwili Railway
(Welsh: Rheilffordd Gwili) is a Welsh heritage railway, that operates a preserved standard gauge railway line from the site of Abergwili
Abergwili
Junction (near Carmarthen) in southwest Wales along a four-and-a-half-mile (7.2 km) section of the former Carmarthen
Carmarthen
to Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth
line. The original railway closed in 1965, with the track being lifted in 1975.Contents1 Original line 2 Gwili Railway
Gwili Railway
Preservation Company2.1 Route of the Gwili Railway 2.2 Incident3 Future expansion3.1 Northwards 3.2 Southwards4 Locomotives4.1 Steam locomotives 4.2 Diesel locomotives5 Vintage coaches 6 References 7 External linksOriginal line[edit]This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed
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