The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13½-mile journey from the
harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau
Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the
mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests,
past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete
spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling
through it. Discover why engineers from around the world visited
the Ffestiniog to see how it should be done.
The line is perhaps best-known for its fleet of unique Double
Fairlie locomotives, built by the railway's own engineers in the
oldest railway workshops in use anywhere in the world.
Over the last fifty years, the Ffestiniog Railway has become one
of Wales’ top tourist attractions. Visitors to the railway can
enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Snowdonia as they pass
through areas inaccessible by road and undisturbed by the sights
and sounds of modern life. At Porthmadog, the line connects with
the Welsh Highland Railway and trains to Beddgelert and
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