On Tuesday 28th July, I visited the Miniature Railway at the Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-Y-Coed. This is a small 10 minute train ride that takes you around an old siding next to Betws-Y-Coed Mainline Train Station.

Buffet Coach Cafe at Betws-y-coed
Buffet Coach Café

They were two engines on today, a Steam and a Diesel, I didn’t ride on the diesel as I was having my lunch when it was going round. I had lunch in the Buffet Coach Café, which is set in an old carriage in an old siding that is no longer used anymore.


I really recommend the Steak and Kidney Pudding! You can either sit inside the carriage or sit outside and watch the train go round.

Slate Place Mat
Slate Place Mat
Inside Buffet Coach Cafe
Inside Buffet Coach Café





Model Railway

Model Railway Sign

After lunch I had a look around the Model Railway, which is next to the café.

Here are a few pictures from the layout.



Model Railway Electric Train
Electric Train
Model Railway Levels
Different Levels
Model Railway Wood Yard
Wood Yard
Model Railway Freight Trucks
Freight Trucks
Model Railway Campsite
Model Railway Campsite
Model Railway City Station
City Station


Conwy Valley Railway Museum
Railway Shop & Museum

After a look in the Model Railway Truck, I went to have at the shop, this is stocked full of trains, from Thomas the Tank Engine to 00 gauge models, this is also where you buy your Pink Ticket for the Train. You can also visit the Museum, but I didn’t visit the Museum on this occasion.


Diesel Engine : Gwydir Castle
Diesel Engine : Gwydir Castle

After I bought my train ticket, I saw that the train had already set off on its 10 minute journey, so I went around watching the train. At this point, the Diesel was pulling passengers.



Gwydir Castle at the Level Crossing
Gwydir Castle at the Level Crossing

There are two entrance’s to the railway, one is over the crossing from the car park, or there is an entrance over another crossing, close to the Buffet Coach Café.

Steam Engine

It was now time for my train, and whilst the passengers were departing the diesel, I looked around and I saw the steam train coming from the sheds!

Douglas at the station
Douglas at the station
Douglas and Gwydir Castle
Douglas and Gwydir Castle
Douglas with Carriages
Douglas steaming across the lawn





The journey on the train will be covered in the YouTube Video which will be uploaded soon.



Here are a couple more pictures from the day…

Betws-y-coed Station Sign
Station Sign
Railway sign
Railway sign
Coal Storage
Coal Storage
Water Tower & Betws-y-coed Mainline Station
Water Tower & Mainline Station


Thanks for reading my day at Betws-Y-Coed, I hoped you enjoyed the read, the Video for this should be up in the next day or so.

Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.