Story of the day: Heritage rail in Snowdonia

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I’m no trainspotter but riding the newly extended steam-heritage railway through Snowdonia is a real joy.

So much so, in fact, I covered the re-opening of the line for both the Daily Express and, later, for a Visit Wales supplement in the Daily Telegraph.

Here’s an extract:

Riding the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways through Snowdonia is more than just another scenic train trip that makes an ideal distraction on a short break.

These Victorian-built railways offer glimpses into the industrial heritage of the region, an era of slate runs and heavy industry set against the backdrop of the now national park.

The narrow gauge trains have been lovingly restored in recent years. The Welsh Highland now completes a full 25-mile circuit from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, connecting there with the Ffestiniog Railway to claim its crown as the longest heritage railway in Britain.

That’s 40 glorious miles through the rural heart of Snowdonia.

Read the full story, Riding Through Welsh History.

Do you have a favourite heritage railway? Or just a favourite place in Snowdonia?

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