The Ffestiniog Mountain Railway is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in the Snowdonia National Park.
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.