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(North Wales Notebook) Railways 3/5

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.

 

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.

(North Wales Notebook) Railways 3/5

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.

 

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.

comments (21)

I've been visiting the Ffestiniog of and on for the best part of 50 years but have yet to try the Welsh Highland. I'm looking forward to it.
Brian Walbey: WE drove most of the road route alongside the WHR coming back from Anglesey, (see last week), but it is a very expensive train ride sadly.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Jan 2011, 04:42
What an interesting shot!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
unusual loco, it does look like one of a kind. the mood is well set here in this image by the vegetation covered hills and the mist/smoke.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush. If you look here http://www.welshhighlandrailway.net/locos/k1.htm you can read more about the loco.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jan 2011, 07:05
I definitely want to go & see this Brian
Brian Walbey: Well worth it Chris but quite an expensive ride.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Jan 2011, 07:07
It's the colors that amaze me most, Brian...and how cleaned up they are.
Brian Walbey: They have to look their best Ginnie, this is a great tourist draw.
I always think of Garratt locomotives being big!
Brian Walbey: They are big compared with normal narrow gauge locos Bill.
This is developing into a delightful series Brian. Nice to see these big toys out of their cardboard boxes
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 26 Jan 2011, 08:13
it does make me think of Harry Potter and that train to Hogwarth
Brian Walbey: I guess it does Chantal.
They are in immaculate condition, Real action shot I can almost hear the steam and smoke escaping.
Brian Walbey: They are very well looked after Martin, and where they have to go they need to be in tip top condition.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jan 2011, 13:15
An unusual combination of motive power; I would have thought that the diesel could have pulled the train without the assistance of the Garratt. I did have a ride on the WHR a few years years ago when It ended up in the middle of nowhere so need to back to enjoy the Aberglaslyn Pass.
Brian Walbey: Presumably when they went down in the other direction the diesel would have been leading Alan. We didn't ride on the train, it is quite expensive sadly.
An unusual, neat little engine Brian. Good to hear about restoring the line but a shame it's so expensive.
Brian Walbey: I suppose the amount of money put into restoring the line has to be recouped Janet.
Lovely capture Brian. They seem to be in sound condition!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. Where these trains are running through the Welsh mountains they need to be in top fettle.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jan 2011, 16:32
A slice of history - I bet Chris cannot resist for long!
Brian Walbey: I give it to the summer, no longer Mike.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 26 Jan 2011, 16:38
I wonder if these engines are black for a practical reason Brian?
Brian Walbey: Just the colour it comes in I guess Chad, my Thrusday and Friday ones are much brighter colours.
Very nice, must explore this area better. Have been going to south and mid wales for years, and taken the trip up Snowdon. We always used to get good weather in Wales, despite the reputation, but the summers have been very dismal over the last few years.
Brian Walbey: We used to go to Wales every year but then missed a few, but we have done south, middle and north over the years and always get a mixed bag of weather.
Ancient and modern, charm and practicality, good to see the two together.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Sheila.
These trains are a real treat for enthusiasts and lovely for holiday makers smile
Brian Walbey: They cater for all sorts Linda, they have a lot of money to recoup from rebuilding the line.
A line I have yet to visit for some reason Brian, I really am looking forward to the trip from Caernavon to Porthmadog when it is fully open.
Brian Walbey: We only drove along side the line Les but it is no doubt a good run, if a tad expensive.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jan 2011, 22:40
Lovely and shiny!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is indeed Ingrid.
lovely shot again Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.
Cracking little engines, Brian
Brian Walbey: yes indeed they are Pamela, and this one is very old.

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