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Some of the Little Trains In Wales

Porthmadog

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10AC1261987EA1D45F8DB42667F9B480.jpg10A97EF30104F6CE473FEE6B3BD429F2.jpg10A5BE65C5C293856D658D9FAE076D4B.jpgDSCN0027.JPGDSCN0030.JPGDSCN0026.JPGDSCN0025.JPGDSCN0024.JPGDSCN0023.JPGDSCN0013.JPGDSCN0015.JPGWales UK has several narrow gauge lines, this blog is about just four. Three are centred on the town of Porthmadog in the North of Wales in the Snowdonia area. This area is a combination of spectacular landscape and historic railways. The two largest lines both start from the Harbour station in Portmadog.------------------------------The FFESTINIOG RAILWAY line was built to transport slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog harbour for onward journey around the world. ----When the slate industry declined, the line closed in 1946. ----The line was taken over by enthusiasts and opened in later years has a now famous tourist attraction of steam trains.----The 13.5 mile journey winds its way through the scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.---- Trains run at different times in the months from March to September,if you intend to visit go on line for the timetable. The FFESTINIOG claims to be the Worlds Oldest Independent Railway..---Carriages are built and restored locally at Boston Lodge workshops, along with the engines.----Fares are not cheap, at around £25 for adult for return ticket. (2018) . A Halfway return ticket to Tan -y-Bwich is around £16. I found the experience brilliant of the carriages , engines , and scenery. --- There is a Cafe-Bar called Spooners at Porthmadog. Also there is on board catering. ---- On route the train goes round the Ddualt Spiral, a circle where you look back on the track just travelled.================================================================The WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY runs from the same station in Porthmadog has the Ffestiniog, the Harbour station.it runs the 25 miles to the medieval town of Carnnarfon, crossing the foothills of Snowdonia. The station in Carnarfon is just a few yards from Carnarfon Castle ,where Prince Charles was crowned Prince of Wales, by his mother the Queen Elizabeth 2.----On this trip April 2018, a new station was under construction. A return ticket was about £35. I had an hour and quarter before return trip to Porthmadog. The trip was from Portmadog at 10-50 returned by 16-20. A oneway ticket is available, you can return by service bus.
======================================================================The WELSH HIGHLAND HERITAGE RAILWAY runs from near the main railway station Portmadog. If you are arriving at Porthmadog Network rail station, make sure you know which railway you want to visit. The other two Railways are down by the harbour.----The Heritage railway is the smallest of the three. The track is only about one mile, on its return the train stops at Gelerts Farm for stay of 20 minutes at The Hertage Centre. -- -- This is ideal for familes, has the chidren can touch and climb aboard engines. This place shows the history of the slate industry.---The fare for Adult is £8-95, i dont know child price. The ticket is valid allday., so if the kids want to ride again they can.=================================================================================The fourth line i mentioned is in Mid Wales at Aberystwth. The Vale of Rheidol Railway starts from the back of Aberystwth main station in the town centre. From Aberystwth on the coast through stunning scenery to the Cambrian mountains at Devils Bridge. There is a hotel, shop, and cafe along with the Devils Bridge Gorge. Near Aberystwth are two other narrow gauge railways in the villages of Fairbourne and Talylln.

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