Narrow gauge steam in Wales

Our second steam photography tour to the United Kingdom in 2020 will visit the narrow gauge railways in Wales. In collaboration with
Tanago, we are delighted to offer this tour that includes some of Wales' iconic steam railways as well as a healthy dose of Garratts and
trains harking back to South Africa. The tour concerns itself not only with some diverse and historic railways, but an impressive number of
different steam locomotives.

The tour will run when the railways had either stopped or thinned out their tourist services. This is a good time for photo charters, the
weather should be reasonable and we will often be the only trains on the line on that day.

Visit the Fairbourne Railway, Bala Lake Railway, two days on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, two days on the Welsh Highland Railway and
three days on the Ffestiniog Railway.  Go home with some great experiences and awsome pictures.

The program

Friday, 30 October, 2020
Meet at Manchester airport and transfer by tour bus to a centrally located hotel, which we maintain our base throughout the tour.

Saturday, 31 October 2020
Fairbourne Railway
The Fairbourne Railway has been running from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, connecting with the ferry to
Barmouth for over 100 years. It started as a two foot gauge horse-drawn tramway which was then converted to a 15 inch gauge railway in
1916. The line in 1984 was completely re built to a 12.25 inch gauge.

Sunday, 01 November 2020  
Two quarry Hunslet locomotives will be under steam with slate cars and authentic quarry trains.
The Bala Lake Railway is a 2 foot gauge railway along the southern shore of Bala Lake in Gwynedd, North Wales. The line, which is 4 ¹⁄₂
miles long, is built on a section of the former standard-gauge Ruabon–Barmouth GWR route that closed in 1965.

Monday, 02 November 2020  
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Today one of the original locomotives, either number 7 or 8, will head up our authentic GWR mixed train to Devil's Bridge.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is a 1 ft 11 ³⁄₄ in narrow gauge heritage railway, opened in 1902, that runs for 11 ³⁄₄ miles between Aberystwyth
and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

Tuesday, 03 November 2020  
Welsh Highland Railway
Today is narrow gauge superpower day with Garratt NGG16's No. 87 & 130 and another locomotive with authentic South African goods  
trains. There is no tourist traffic on the line, we will have exclusive use of the line between Porthmadog and Caernarfon.

Wednesday, 04 and Thursday, 05 November 2020
Welsh Highland Railway
Start with travel from Porthmadog  station to Dinas. From Dinas, we will use a second locomotive with a mixed goods train. We expect a total
of fourth locomotive to perform with absolutely authentic period trains on these two days.

Friday, 06 November, 2020  
Ffestiniog Railway
Today we will feature 3 double fairlie locomotives:  James Spooner with the legendary slate train, David Lloyd George with a FFestiniog
Railway train and "Merddin Emrys" with a goods train.  

Saturday, 07 November 2020   
Ffestiniog Railway
We have planned another top class programme today: Double Fairlie "James Spooner" with the Ffestiniog Railway train,  
"Prince" & "Palmerston" (Saddle Tank Locomotives) with a loaded slate train and the "Welsh Pony" with a goods train.

Sunday, 08 November 2020  
Ffestiniog Railway
Double Fairlie "James Spooner" will run with as many slate wagons as are in operation at the time.  We hope to make two runs from Ddaullt
to Boston Lodge.  With will also use locomotive "Linda" with 1960's green and cream passenger coaches.
Today is a public holiday and a church service will be held in s held in Tan y Bwlch, we will run a slate train in the early morning and early
afternoon. Locomotive "Linda" will run on the upper half of the line.

Monday, 09 November, 2020  
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Return to the Vale of Rheidol today to see their new NGG13 Garratt number 60 on a South African freight train. The Vale of Rheidol Railway
has three to four SAR freight cars and some ballast wagons. You will ride in a diesel railcar between photo locations.

Tuesday, 10 November, 2020
After breakfast we will take the tour bus back to Manchester airport.
Page updated on
16 February 2019
Geoff's Travel Club
Your tour
Tanago Eisenbahnreisen will operate this tour and Geoff' Cooke will accompany you as the Geoff's Gravel Club group manager.
The information in this website is subject to change. As is common with all steam railway charters, circumstances may change and the
locomotives and railways may be come unavailable. In such circumstances, the best effort will be made to provide comparable substitutes.

Booking, Deposits and final payments
  • The best way to book your tour is via the Geoff's Trains (Geoff's Travel Club) booking form.
  • Your contract will be with Tanago and payment will be made to them in Euro.
  • Geoff will be your point of contact alongside the Tanago office, he will be happy to answer any queries that you have but Tanago will
    manage your tour arrangements.
  • When you book, Tanago will send you an insurance document that guarantees your payment to them until the tour has been
    concluded. The document will be in German, accompanied by a translation that explains it's content but does not form part of the
    legal document.
  • Full booking conditions will be sent to you by Tanago.

Tour prices

1,890 Euro.         Participation in the photo events only.
2,710 Euro.         Including transfers and accommodation, per person in a shared room. Room only.
300 Euro.            Single room supplement.

Our services (depending on the package booked):
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Fairbourne Railways;
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Bala-Lake-Railways,
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Rheidol Railways,
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Welsh Highland Railways;
  • Charter steam train(s) on the Ffestiniog Railways:
  • All necessary transfers, accommodation in tourist class hotels;
  • Tour bus;
  • All entrance fees;
  • Experienced Tanago tour guide (German + English speaking)
  • Local tour guide.

Not included
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel to and from Manchester airport