Monday, November 08, 2010

The Welsh Highland Railway reaches Porthmadog

The reliving of my summer holiday, you will recall, has reached Porthmadog. Whist there, I was intrigued by the rails of the Welsh Highland Railway running down the main street near the Harbour station. As this film shows, they are now in use.

What you are watching here is explained on the Ffestiniog Railway website:
Saturday October 30th saw the first trains ever to run from Caernarfon to Porthmadog Harbour Station. (The original Welsh Highland never achieved the final three mile link from Dinas Junction to Caernarfon).
Note, too, that the tracks cross the Cambrian Coast line on the level. I bet that took some negotiating in this age of health and safety.

There will be a regular passenger service on the Welsh Highland from April next year. But as the Ffestiniog site explains, it will be possible to get a preview of it for a week in February.

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