About the Book
An insight into train operations on the famous Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge railway which runs from the sea at Porthmadog through the Snowdonia National Park to the Slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, climbing to over 1000 feet above sea level in a journey of just under 14 miles through vastly changing scenery.
The booklet is designed as a companion for the excellent guide books to the Ffestiniog Railway which can be purchased at any of the sales outlets along the line or on the trains. The reader will learn how the Railway's steam locomotives operate, how they are driven and fired along the line and how the trains are operated safely in both directions along a route which is mainly single track. A brief description of the route and the Railway's history is also included.
The booklet covers the period from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s when the author was an active volunteer on the Railway. Since then, however, there have been only minor changes to operations up to the present time when the Ffestiniog Railway is about to re-connect with the fully restored Welsh Highland Railway which ceased operations in 1937. This will enable the modern-day traveller the opportunity to experience an astonishing narrow-gauge train journey of around 40 miles from Caernarfon on the north coast of Wales to Blaenau Ffestiniog, passing the foot of Snowdon itself en route.
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