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Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway is truly a 'Great Little Railway' and is the oldest independent railway company in the World today and is the only railway in the world still operating the double-ended "Fairlie" patent steam engines.

Originally built to serve the slate industry of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the line used to be operated by gravity. Wagons laden with slate, rumbled down the hillside, kept under control by intrepid brakesmen.

Steam locomotives were introduced in the 1860s and, today, some of those same little engines haul carriages of holidaymakers through the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.