We had a weeks holiday in Porthmadog, North Wales in early September and so for the next few weeks I will be featuring a variety of images and collages, and a mix of subjects, which I hope you find entertaining.
A train with a difference is on show at the car park at Blaenau Ffestioniog, the town at the top end of the famous Ffestiniog Railway. I can only guess that this might have been used in the old slate quarries, the remains of which can be seen in the background.
Blaenau Ffestiniog was once the capital of the slate industry in Wales. At the beginning of the 19th century, Ffestiniog was a 'small, poor village' with a few isolated farmsteads, and sheep were as important as slate to the early pioneers. Slate eventually became the basis of the Click to view Blaenau Ffestiniog landscapewealth in Snowdonia and Blaenau Ffestiniog became the centre of the industry. The industry prospered and Blaenau Ffestiniog became the "town that roofed the world", and when entering the town through the usual grey damp mist via the Crimea Pass you could be forgiven for thinking that this was the town that sits on the roof of the world.
Note the signs written in both the English and Welsh languages.
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