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Customers can go back in time during over a seven-mile-long ride through unchanging Fathew valley, on a historical, steam-operated train. Talyllyn Railway was built in the 19th century to carry slate and operated until 1946, when a serious rock fell in the quarry preventing the slate traffic. When the owner of the line, Sir Henry Haydn Jones, died in 1950, its future looked bleak, but a group of enthusiasts sought to prevent railway's closure and since 1951 great improvements have been made. Today, the line allows guests enjoy an unhurried journey along the beautiful Welsh land, with both the original locomotives and all the original carriages in use. Talyllyn railway was the inspiration for Thomas the Tank Engine creator Reverend W. V. Awdry's "Skarloey Railway". Customers can make use of the adventure playground, licensed cafes and tea rooms or visit the museum for 200 years of railway history.