Full steam ahead for Railway Month weekends at Penrhyn Castle

Join us during weekends this September as we showcase our Industrial Railway Museum. Learn more about how we keep our collection in such excellent condition and see conservation in action.

A family paying a visit to the Fire Queen steam engine at Penrhyn Castle.

Weekends during September 2018 sees us showcase our Industrial Railway Museum at Penrhyn Castle. 

The railway collection has been housed in the old stables at the castle since 1963. The Industrial Locomotive society approached the National Trust as they were looking for a suitable home for one of their engines. It was following this that the stables at Penrhyn, which were empty at the time, were chosen and a museum for industrial railway artefacts was born. There began our work in the conservation and care of some of these stunning and iconic engines.  

Detail from a rolling stock carriage used to move 'fullersite' from the quarry at Bethesda to Port Penrhyn
A timber-sided wagon used for transporting slate dust to Port Penrhyn
Detail from a rolling stock carriage used to move 'fullersite' from the quarry at Bethesda to Port Penrhyn

During the weekends throughout September (except Saturday 8 September), the Railway museum team together with volunteers, will be providing visitors with a closer look at the many engines, carriages and tools that we look after. 

One of our volunteers working on the Fire Queen at Penrhyn Castle
A volunteer working on the Fire Queen, the oldest locomotive in the collection.
One of our volunteers working on the Fire Queen at Penrhyn Castle

Events each weekend will include:

  • Tours led by our volunteers on a variety of subjects such as the Railway museum collection, the stable area and the clock tower. (The tours will depend on volunteer availability. Please ask at the Visitor Welcome centre for more information on the day of your visit.)
  • A children's quiz around the museum.
  • Badge making activity.

Whether you are an avid enthusiast or simply love walking around the stables to see what the collection has to offer, join us during weekends this September 10.30 am until 4pm each Saturday and Sunday (excludes Saturday 8 September) and travel back to the golden age of steam at Penrhyn Castle.