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“Part of a circular tour of North Wales by public transport”

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Porthmadog
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Owner description: The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest railway company in the world, being founded in 1832. We still build steam locomotives and carriages in our own workshops and the world's oldest steam engine, Prince, is still in regular use today - more than 150 years after it was built. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it. The Welsh Highland is Snowdonia's newest railway. Trains start their spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the historic castle walls at Caernarfon. The trains - hauled by the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives - climb from sea level to over 650 feet on the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass - voted the most beautiful spot in the UK by the National Trust - and on to Porthmadog.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Ticked all my boxes for a steam-hauled ride through great scenery in brilliant sunshine on a narrow-gauge railway. Although I didn't use the on-board catering facilities those sitting next to me did and enjoyed the provision.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We went on both railways over two days and booked seats in the observation coach by phone in advance.Marvelous views from the train & although cold outside it was warm in the coaches. All the staff from booking office to drivers & guards, especially the buffet car crews, were friendly & helpful.The locomotives some very large & some diminutive were very interesting to see in action on the two railways. A very enjoyable time, even for my wife who isn't a great railway enthusiast but enjoyed the splendid scenery.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Weather was clear and "crisp", so decided on a return trip to Portmadoc from Caernarvon on Easter Monday 2013. Worth every pound!! Carriage was warm and very clean (including the exterior windows!). Staff were friendly and helpful. Onboard catering choice was ample plus efficiently and couteously served. Scenery is spectacular. Might even be the best time to travel, as some views may be obscured by vegetation later in the year.
Great locomotive, not just because it was British-built in 1958, but for the ease with which it attacked the gradients. Just too cold to open the window and hear the exhaust. Perhaps if I'd been brave enough to sit in the open carriage like some other brave souls???

Thank fentonia
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Taking this narrow gauge railway journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon is a truly great travel experience. OK - its not the cheapest form of travel (£32 for an adult return fare) but well worth it for the spectacular views and scenery while being pulled along by a steam loco. Setting out from Porthmadog station, you are taken on a 2 hour journey through breathtaking mountain scenery to the foot of Snowdon and then on to the centre of Caernarfon with its famous castle. On the journey you can purchase hot/cold food and drinks which are brought to your table. Needless to say cameras are essential for this trip. There is also a 'Pullman' car (extra cost) if you want a little bit more luxury on your journey.

Thank Raiderbankk
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

30 years on narrow gauge steam trains. Travelled from Waunfawr to Porth on a very cold, snowy day in late March 11 out of 10 for scenery! Best in Wales!

Thank pacmantoo
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