Ffestiniog: The world's oldest operating railway


Blaenau Ffestiniog Station, Wales

This evening, I am posting information on the Ffestiniog Steam Railway which operates on a 13.5 mile route from Porthmadog on the coast of N.W. Wales in an easterly direction to the slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Location is N.W. Wales, about 150 miles north of Cardiff, the Welsh capital.

Summary facts and information:

  • The track comprises a 23.5 inch narrow gauge line which passes through outstanding scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Ranks as oldest railway company in the world which still operates trains.
  • Age 200 years, Ffestiniog is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway.
  • Three of the original steam locomotives, age over 150 years, are still in use plus original carriages.
  • The line climbs over 700 feet, from sea level into the mountains.
  • The line is now patronised by tourists.

A worthwhile trip for visitors, irrespective of level of interest in trains.

Video clip of steam train on Ffestiniog Railway



Steam Locomotive, Ffestiniog Railway, Wales

Ffestiniog Railway, Wales

North Wales Scenery from Ffestioniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway workshop

David Lloyd George Steam Locomotive

Porthmadog, Wales


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