Ffestiniog Mountain Railway
The Ffestiniog Mountain Railway is a narrow-gauge
heritage railway in the Snowdonia National Park. The railway runs
from the coast at the harbour town of Porthmadog, through the
terrific scenery of the national park to Blaenau Ffestiniog, a
slate mining town. The line climbs gently through some of Wales'
most beautiful countryside, passing grass-platformed stations,
isolated farmhouses and beautiful lakes.
The Ffestiniog Railway was originally founded in 1832 as a means of transporting slate, and miners, from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. The railway claims to be the oldest independent railway company in the world. As demand for slate declined towards the middle of the 20th Century, the railway ceased operation in 1946. The line reopened soon after, in 1954, operating as a tourist attraction. It has remained open in this way ever since. The railway company run both steam and diesel services.