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(North Wales Notebook) Railways 2/5

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.

(North Wales Notebook) Railways 2/5

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.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Jan 2011, 01:13
Sweet! What a pity its on a plinth instead of a track, Brian.
Brian Walbey: At least it hasn't been broken up for scrap Ray.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2011, 06:28
These vehicles certainly look to be evidence of the slate industry's past Brian
Brian Walbey: That's what I thought Chris, there isn't a plaque or anything to read.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 25 Jan 2011, 07:22
love this searie already by number 2
Brian Walbey: Well that's good to hear Chantal.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jan 2011, 08:59
The mountains have the effect of putting this little train in its place!
Brian Walbey: This must have been dwarfed by the surroundings working in a slate quarry Ingrid.
Interesting little train,
Welsh language what can one say, I often wonder the cost of all this and as to how many of the population understand it
Brian Walbey: A lot of the population round North Wales/Snowdonia speak Welsh as their first language Martin and only break into English to speak to visitors like us.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 25 Jan 2011, 09:18
That is some rugged backdrop Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Chad.
There is so much to see in this photo, Brian. And I love those hills, or mountains, or remains of slate quarries.
Brian Walbey: Yes Blaneau is certainly well set int he middle of the mountains Sheila.
I would think you are right about it being used in the mines. Its a beautiful rugged landscape Brian smile
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Linda.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Jan 2011, 11:14
Do they still mine slate
Brian Walbey: I believe there are still a couple of mines open vintage, but of course it is all done with modern equipment now except for the final bit of splitting the individual roof slates off the big lumps of rock.
A great area Brian
Brian Walbey: It is indeed John.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jan 2011, 12:59
Blaenau always seem very grey and depressing and it is a big shock coming across the Crimea Pass. The best way to arrive in Blaenau is via the FR. The mounted train would have been typical of the latter days of the slate quarry.
Brian Walbey: You are obviously familiar with the area Alan, it is a very picturesque train ride.
Nice one Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
Lovely backdrop to the scene!
Brian Walbey: Part of the Welsh industrial history/heritage Tom.
Lovely shot of this little train Brian set with the backdrop of the mountains.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet.
All good for the tourism trade Brian..Nice to see them showing their history.
Brian Walbey: That's what I thought Ron.
What great chunks of mountain to have as a backdrop
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Richard.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Jan 2011, 19:19
This piece of machinery is in a wonderful surrounding, I think you had a wonderful time!
Brian Walbey: We did Astrid although this town is not the most exciting of places and we grabbed a quick lunch and returned by train to Porthmadog.
wonderful image the background makes it special
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.

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