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“Two Wonderful Railways”

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Ranked #2 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 May 19, 2013

We travelled the length of both railways in both directions over two days in glorious sunshine . From Porthmadog to Caernarfon we sat in the open carriage which allowed us to really enjoy the countryside. Spring lambs, wild flowers and masses of daffodils. I would recommend a spring or autumn trip if possible when there are less leaves on the trees allowing wonderful views. The staff are friendly and helpful and run a buffet service to your seat. Two great trips!

Thank saucepanlyd
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"observation car"
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"round trip"
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"rhyd ddu"
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"aberglaslyn pass"
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

I think the Welsh Highland is probably one of the best heritage railway experiences anywhere. And even the weather cooperated.

Thank nick86235
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Went from end of the line to end of the line on what was an otherwise rainy and miserable day.
Upgraded to first class and had a quite magical experience, with the carriage being almost wall to wall glass, so affording absolutely fantastic views, despite the rain trying to prove opposite.
It was well worth the upgrade sitting in fabulous Queen Anne style armchairs.
The steward service on board only adds the the yesteryear feel of this truly wonderful ride.
A great pity modern rail services do not reflect the beauty of such a journey.
You don't have to be a steam fanatic to enjoy this trip, it is an enjoyable experience that stands on its own merit.

2  Thank UkDubai
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

What a wonderful trip up the mountains. Despite the weather,(wet!!,) the staff were friendly, we had coffee on the train in both directions. To see such dedication to keep the trains running was a real treat, the shop was very well stocked with all things train related, and spooners a good place to relax and eat.I would really recommend this trip on the train, and would love to go back to do the Welsh highland Heritage run.

1  Thank Diana B
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Now the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland have joined up you get twice as much enjoyment on every visit. All the staff are very friendly and the facilities are great. Make sure to have enough time to eat in "Spooner's Bar". Fantastic quality and value.

Thank Gogarth
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