If your visiting Anglesey and Snowdonia and wondering what do do, why not head out for a day on one of the fabulous steam railways north Wales has to offer. The most popular one everyone loves to do is the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which takes up through amazing vistas all the way over Anglesey, Conwy and the Llyn to the top of Snowdon. There are also many more to choose from like the Ffestiniog and West Highland railways that most haven’t heard of. There are Steam railways in Betws y coed, Llangollen, Llanberis, Conwy, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Blaenafestiniog all with amazing locomotive steam engines and classic carriages.
Our particular favourites are the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog railway which bisect some of the most beautiful parts of snowdonia from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and from Porthmadog to Blaenafestiniog. Which ever you choose, its a really cool day out with the family where you can link up beautiful heritage towns with scenic travel inbetween. Its so nice in a “geeky way” to see that the old steam routes of bygone yesteryear are making a thriving comeback! Make sure you go visit them on your stay…
The Ffestiniog Railway
The Ffestiniog Railway is the most seasoned railway organization on the planet, set up in 1832.
The 13½-mile Ffestiniog from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog one of Wales’ best-adored Great Little Trains, was initially worked to convey slate. The Welsh Highland from Caernarfon to Porthmadog goes through some of Snowdonia’s most stunning mountain view and the show-halting Aberglaslyn Pass – an astounding 25 miles all the way, making it Britain’s longest legacy railway.
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Snowdon Mountain Railway
Snowdonia Is a spectacular place that is known for kings and giants. For a considerable length of time our Welsh sovereigns held gatherings here at their family homes such as Dolbadarn castle. It is a land rich in elevated in stature with many uncommon floor and fauna abandoned the withdrawing ice age. It is draped with historical ruins and myth that once upon a time where thriving Welsh culture in the mountains here. These old mountains where pushed upwards by volcanic powers 450 million years back once towering way taller than they stand now..
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Llanberis lake padarn railway
The trip takes you past the thirteenth century, Dolbadarn Castle, crossing over waterways and past Llanberis’ twin lakes. From Llanberis the train continually runs through the Padarn Country Park, joining the 1845 slate railway course to keep running along the shores of Lake Padarn to Penllyn, and giving dazzling perspectives of Snowdon, the most stunning views in the mountains in north Wales.
Here is the info on Llanberis lake padarn railway journey.
Welsh highland railway
It is the longest railway in the heritage of UK with the length of 25 miles. The trains, pulled by the world’s most amazing steam trains, which move from ocean level to more than 650ft on the lower regions of Snowdon, before crisscrossing significantly down a lofty slope to arrive at Beddgelert, settling in the core of the National Park, from here through the Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.
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Betws y coed railway line
The Betws-y-coed railway station is a rail line station on the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales. It is arranged 15 1⁄2 miles (24.9 km) south of Llandudno Junction.
The traveller train benefit is worked by Arriva Trains Wales and is showcased as the Conwy Valley Railway. Fare details can be seen over here
Conwy valley railway
A smaller than standard track takes you on an 8-minute trek around the flawlessly arranged grounds. You might be lucky if you see wild rabbits touching by the lake. Trains run daily In the season and consistently there will be a steam motor pulling the train – sometimes a diesel motor will be also used. For an alternate perspective of the Conwy valley you can take the small electric tramcar (on the right in the picture) – Fares of the journey are here
Bala lake railway
The Bala Lake Railway is an old track along the southern shore of Bala Lake in Gwynedd, North Wales. The line, which is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long, is based on an area of the previous Barmouth line that shut in 1965, also utilized by the Llangollen Railway. Fares can be checked out over here.
The two-mile Fairbourne Railway additionally has a one of a kind story, boasting four distinctive track lines in 100 years. The tramway since 1895 has conveyed travellers consistently across the estuarine areas. From Barmouth Ferry Station to the lovely Mawddach Estuary, you can take a little speedboat ship over the waterway to Barmouth’s harbour quayside. Fares are over here.
Llangollen railway station
Llangollen was a well-known place for Victorian visitors by the 1840s. The route prior to this had been by horse-drawn carriage, but by the 1840s the Shrewsbury to Chester line had been finished, enabling travellers to land at Llangollen and afterwards take a connection towards Holyhead. You can check out the fare details over here.
Corris railway station
The line opened in 1859, and initially kept running from Derwenlas, south-east of Machynlleth north to Corris and on to Aberllefenni. Branches served the slate quarries at Corris Uchaf, Aberllefenni, the disconnected quarries around Ratgoed and quarries along the length of the Dulas Valley. Check out the fares over here.
Initially beginning off as a line to cut down slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn, the Talyllyn Railway has developed into a vacation spot, seeing many guests every year.
The train and line started as the motivation for the Skarloey Railway in the Thomas the tanks television Railway Series. A couple of the trains and also the track itself has shown up in the books, tv and the line has unique “Duncan Days” occasions that see the trains running as their Characters. Check out the Talyllyn railway fare over here.
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