Ffestiniog Railway Review

The Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway runs for a lengthy 13½ miles, from the Harbour town of Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

0-4-0 0-4-0 Double Fairlie 'Earl of Merionith' ((c) picture courtesy of A.Lunness)

The line starts at Porthmadog and runs along the famous Cob, at the other end of the Cob you pass Boston Lodge loco works. The next stop along the line is Midffordd, you can change here for the Standard Gauge Mainline.
Next is Penrhyn, then Plas Halt.

Next stop is Tan Y Bwlch, there is a passing loop here, and is about the half way point, it’s where trains normally pass each other.

From here the next stop is Dduallt, this is where the line loops up and over itself, also, in between Tan Y Bwlch and Dduallt is Garnedd tunnel, the shortest of two on the line.
Onward is Tanygrisiau station, which is by Tanygrisiau Reservoir, there is a passing loop with an island platform.

Between Dduallt and Tanygrisiau is Moelwyn tunnel, the second and longest on the line.

Finally is Blaenau Ffestiniog, situated right next to the Conwy Valley Line (Mainline, national network).

The FR is also known for its weird and unusual stock, including a sail boat vehicle.
The ‘Lyd’ project is also based here, ’Lyd’ is nearly completed, and will visit the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway after completion.

They also have the oldest working steam loco, 0-4-0ST+Tender loco ‘Prince’. 

Operating days: Weekends, some weekdays from Jan to March, daily from April to October.

Line Length: 13 1/2 miles

Website: http://www.ffestiniograilway.co.uk/index.asp

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