Photos: Britain’s oldest narrow gauge railway

    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 7, north Wales
    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 7, north Wales

    Nothing transports you back in time like a ride on a steam train, view our gallery of images of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, the oldest of its kind…

    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 7, north Wales
    Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Railway, north Wales. Credit: Andrew Thomas

    With almost 200 years of history, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway and takes you on a 13½-mile journey through beautiful Welsh countryside, from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    The railway still operates three of its original steam locomotives, which are over 150 years old and equipped with their original carriages, giving a perfect glimpse into the golden age of rail travel.

    Take a ride on one of the historic trains – voted north Wales’s top attraction in the 2013 National Tourism Awards – as they climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains, either clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it; a splendid way to take in the awesome sights of Snowdonia.

    For ticketing info go to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway site.

    View more images of the historic railway line and trains below.

    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 1, north Wales
    Palmerston and vintage carriages at Tan y Bwlch. Credit: Andrew Thomas
    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 3, north Wales
    Palmerston and vintage carriages at Tan y Bwlch. Credit: Andrew Thomas
    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 5, north Wales
    Double Fairlie Merddin Emrys at Tan y Bwlch. Credit: Andrew Thomas
    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 6, north Wales
    Double Fairlie Merddin at Tan y Bwlch. Credit: Andrew Thomas
    Ffestiniog-and-Welsh-Highlands-Railway 8, north Wales
    Palmerston and vintage carriages at Tan y Bwlch. Credit: Andrew Thomas

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