Rheilfford Ffestiniog Railway

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Porthmadog, Wales

Rheilfford Ffestiniog Railway Porthmadog Reviews

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One of the best Aug 29, 2010
Average cost here is taken in the context of independent preserved railways, which are not cheap - or they could never cover their expenses. 'One of the best' means one of the best I have been on anywhere. In the UK it's the best I have been on.

Porthmadoc was an important port for the international slate trade and slate mined at Blaenau Ffestiniog had to be brought there. hence the Ffestiniog Railway Company, which owns this line, claims to be the world's oldest independent railway, its history stretching back to 1832.

The gauge of the line was/is just under two feet, enabling easier twisting round mountainous bends. The empty coaches were pulled up by horses and when full they were sent down by gravity, the horses enjoying a ride and a rest! The first steam locomotives came into use in 1863. Steam is still used today - no more horses!

It's a truly beautiful route, rising from the sea at Porthmadog through wooded hils to bare mountains.
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