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.
Seen here at Beddgelert is ex South-African Garratt style locomotive K1 heading a train, complete with a diesel companion, through the Snowdonian mountains towards Caernarfon on the recently re-opened Welsh Highland Railway, the website for which is here
This railway has a chequered history. It was part of a proposed network of eight narrow gauge lines across North Wales in the late 1800s. However, only two of these were built and although the line was opened right through to Porthmadog by 1923, it was never very successful and the line was officially closed in 1937. By 1941, most of the equipment had been removed for the war effort and the line was dead. In 1960 efforts were started to revive it, but it was not until the late 1980s - when the trackbed was acquired by the Ffestiniog Railway - that rebuilding was able to start in earnest and the first section of the new Welsh Highland was opened from Caernarfon to Dinas in 1997. Since then, this exciting restoration project to restore the line back to Porthmadog has attracted significant funding from bodies such as the Millennium Commission and The Welsh Assembly Government.
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