The Joys Of Life Railway

Penrhyn Garden Railway

Welcome to the Joys of Life Railway Website


Sweet Pea line up at Stokerton during the 2017 Member's Weekend
Left to Right: Pagefield, Hero, Princess, Natasha

The Joys of Life Railway is a ground level 5in gauge miniature railway, giving a 600-yard long round trip in Bethesda, North Wales. It is an out-and-back route commencing from Stokerton with scale buildings, sunken loco shed and semaphore signals, climbs up a steep bank before crossing the driveway and continuing to the passing loop at Moles Hill where the line enters a tunnel and journey continues to the Highfield reversing loop crossing two high level bridges. Construction of the railway began in 1983, but following the sale of the accompanying house and grounds it fell in to a state of disrepair in the early noughties. In early 2007 steps were made to revive the railway to its former glory, recent progress has seen it flourish and a club has been established to help cover the cost of insurance so that trains can be operated for visitors. On this website we hope to document the significant developments on the railway highlighted with photographs & videos, latest updates are made via our Facebook page.

Latest Updates can be found on our Facebook page HERE
Archive Photographs & News can be found in our old gallery HERE

The Joys of Life

The Joys of Life (the railway's location) provides high-quality Self-Catering and Bed & Brekfast accommodation in North West Wales, and also operates a Caravan Club 'Certified Location' site. Their website can be found HERE.

Latest Updates
Due to the size of our trains we are unable to hold any Open Days at the present time due to continued virus control restrictions in place in Wales.
Open Days will only be able to restart when 2m Social Distancing is abolished.
We are currently raising funds to repair our engine shed roof. Any contribution you're able to make will be greatly appreciated please.
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Last Updated: 21/07/2021