Monday, November 15, 2010

The Ffestiniog Railway

I left Porthmadog by way of the Ffestiniog Railway.

Last time I travelled on it, in 1977, the line was open only as far as Dduallt. The last stretch into Blaenau Ffestiniog had been lost when the Central Electricity Generating Board created the Tanygrisiau reservoir in 1954. The railway people finally won compensation in 1972 after one of the longest legal cases in history. Weren't nationalised industries wonderful?

The Ffestiniog was even more spectacular than I had remembered. I will have to go back one day to try the Welsh  Highland, which sounds more remarkable still.

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