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THE FFESTINIOG RAILWAY
The Ffestiniog Railway is one of the great narrow gauge railways of the world being some thirteen and a half miles long and operating from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog.
It is also one of the oldest having opened for traffic in 1836. It was built to carry the slate from the slate quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog to the sea at Porthmadog for shipping all over the world as welsh slate was synonymous with quality.
Services were suspended in 1946 after the war and in 1955 re-opened for business as far as Boston Lodge. Service was gradually extended as the line was rebuilt until in 1982 the full railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog once again carried passengers.
Ffestiniog is the home of the double fairlie engine which was designed to allow for the corners on the railway offering swivelling bogies.
A fuller article will be inserted when the webmaster gets time but meanwhile take a look at the photographs and go and see for yourself. It is a wonderful experience.
British rail run a two hourly train service from Llandudno and Llandudno Juntcion to Blaenau Ffestiniog which connect with the Ffestiniog trains from the same station.
The following photographs were taken in April 2005 and give a flavour of the railway which is unique.
Our loco for the day is 2-6-2T "Mountaineer" built by Alco in 1916.
Inside the cab.
Closeup of the top of driving area .
Ready to go at Blaenau Ffestiniog station. Trains of up to twelve coaches are common and most include a refreshment car.
The observation car is unique.
And of course no article would be complete without the webmaster somewhere! This is the inside of the observation car which ranks with any coach anywhere in the world for comfort and finish.
All around Blaenau Ffestiniog is slate of all kinds and shapes.
Tanygrisiau station overlooks the lake made for the hydro-electric dam.
Our train at Tanygrisiau.
Track is well maintained.
Classic picture of "Mountaineer" hard at work.
An impressive waterfall on the way.
Tan-y-Bwlch station looking towards Porthmadog.
Looking the other way.
The station is immaculate with flowers everywhere.
A view of the scenery.
The scenery is only magnificent.
Porthmadog Harbour, the terminus.
A coach from the Darjeeling railway in the Himalayas. In the background "Mountaineer" is running around its train
Another view clearly showing the beautiful finish.
Porthmadiog Harbour station platform.
An advertising poster.
Outside of the Station.
Boston lodge works.