Festiniog Railway

Introduction

This is a scenic 1ft 11.5in gauge railway between Porthmadog Harbour uphill to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The line was opened to transport slate from the quarries at Ffestiniog downhill to the harbour in 1836. It is now a preserved steam railway carrying passengers.

More usually known as the Ffestiniog Railway, the spelling was 'Festiniog' in the railway act.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Blaenau Ffestiniog to The Cob

This portion runs downhill from the Blaenau Ffestiniog to The Cob, Porthmadog. The original terminus was at Dinas [FR].


A train on the Ffestiniog Railway, headed by a Double Fairlie locomotive, passing between the level crossings at Tanygrisiau, Gwynedd, in July 1991. ...
Colin McDonald /07/1991
Before the Ffestiniog was flooded near Tan-y-Grisiau, there were
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John Thorn /04/1974

Prince and Blanche climb round the spiral curve at Dduallt in April 2007 to take the deviation line with the first train of the day for ...
Mark Poustie 03/04/2007
Ex-Penrhyn Quarries loco Blanche bringing a train into Dduallt in 1970 under the bridge being built for the spiral to take the line above the ...
John Thorn /05/1970
Before the first Moelwyn tunnel was built, there were two temporary inclines between Tan-y-Grisiau and Dduallt. This is the track of the southern ...
John Thorn /05/1968
Temporary track laid by the Ffestiniog Railway on the east side of the Dduallt spiral, when under construction in May 1968. ...
John Thorn /05/1968



Greetings are always Ffestive from here ... ...
John Yellowlees 20/06/2017
No excuses needed for this shot. I was strangely composed for a 10-year-old as our train left the station without us. ...
Ken Strachan /07/1969
Mountaineer at Tan-y-Bwlch on 24 July 1992 with train for Blaenau Ffestiniog. ...
Ken Browne 24/07/1992
'Linda' leaves Tan-Y-Bwlch for Porthmadog in July 1981. ...
Colin Miller /07/1981






View along Minffordd Ffestiniog Railway station looking towards Porthmadog. The National Rail totem is just visible in the left background, marking ...
David Pesterfield 08/12/2011


Festiniog Railway 0-4-0STT Linda sets out on the climb from Boston Lodge in 1982. Alongside in the lay-by is my never forgotten 1976 Vauxhall ...
Mark Bartlett //1982
'Mountaineer' departs Boston Lodge with a train for Blaenau Ffestiniog in July 1991. ...
Colin Miller /07/1991


Boston Lodge Works on the Ffestiniog Railway, view east in 1968. ...
John Thorn /05/1968
A 'Rail Taxi'. Originally an Italian designed, BMW built Isetta bubble-car, this 4-2-0 petrol railcar had been converted for rail operations in ...
Gus Carnegie //1984




The Cob

An earlier tramway Cob Tramway was used to build this embankment. The Cob was incorporated into the Festiniog Railway to reach Porthmadog from Boston Lodge, to the east.

The last train of the day crosses The Cob on its way from Porthmadog Harbour Station to return to Boston Lodge on a summer evening in July ...
Colin McDonald /07/1991




Porthmadog Harbour

The harbour station is the southern terminus of the line. A new platform face now served the Welsh Highland Railway. The harbour station and new slate wharf were on the east side of the Afon Glaslyn. A continuation over the river served further slate wharfs on the west side, extending south through Garth.

WHR loco number 138, an NGG16 Garrett, on shunting duties at Porthmadog after bringing in the afternoon train from Caernarfon on 18th October 2017. ...
Colin McDonald 18/10/2017
Double Fairlie Earl of Merioneth at Porthmadog in July 1981. ...
Colin Miller /07/1981
An unusual view from a table at the Spooner's Cafe and ... a cooling pint of fruit cider. ...
John Yellowlees 20/06/2017
BR Ffestiniog Railway Linda at a wet Porthmadog station in 2003 ...
Bill Roberton //2003

Ex South African Railways 1958 built NGG16 Class 2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt, now FR number 138, completing its run around manoeuvre on the WHR platform at ...
Colin McDonald 17/10/2018
Phewhatascorcher! A Welsh Highland Railway train at Porthmadog Harbour on a particularly hot day in June 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 20/06/2017
WHR loco number 138, an NGG16 Garrett, leaves Porthmadog for Boston Lodge with its empty coaches after bringing the afternoon train in from ...
Colin McDonald 18/10/2017
WHR loco number 138, an NGG16 Garrett, moves on to Britannia Bridge on Porthmadog's High Street in the last stage of its journey with the afternoon ...
Colin McDonald 18/10/2017






Duffws Branch

The northern, Blaenau Ffestiniog, terminus of the line is on this portion.

The branch extended through stations associated with the London and North Western Railway terminus (Blaenau Ffestiniog North) and Great Western Railway (Blaenau Ffestiniog Central) terminus to Duffws and beyond to serve slate quarries.


'Linda' attached to 'Blanche' about to run-round at Blaenau Ffestiniog before hauling a special train, chartered by UK Railtours, through to ...
David Bosher 06/04/2019
Former Penrhyn Quarry Hunslet 2-4-0ST+T Blanche (589/1893) arriving at Blaenau Ffestiniog on 13 October 1982 in pouring rain with a train from ...
John Furnevel 13/10/1982
Double Fairlie Merddin Emrys about to take on water under a slate grey sky at Blaenau Ffestiniog in July 1993. ...
Colin McDonald /07/1993
Birds Eye view of Double Fairlie Merddin Emrys at Blaenau Ffestiniog on 20 July 2015. ...
Bruce McCartney 20/07/2015






Link to Welsh Highland Railway

This was re-opened largely along the course of a former connection.

The earlier connection was formed by various developments and lines. From Porthmadog Harbour over Britannia Bridge to High Street follows part of the course of a Festiniog line to Porthmadog Wharf. From High Street to Snowdon Street is partly a new formation and partly some of the former Tremadoc Tramway. North, over the Aberystwyth and Welch Coast Railway, to Beddgelert Siding was part of the Croesor Tramway.

Ex South African Railways 1958 built NGG16 Class 2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt, now FR number 138, completing its run around manoeuvre on the WHR platform at ...
Colin McDonald 17/10/2018
Phewhatascorcher! A Welsh Highland Railway train at Porthmadog Harbour on a particularly hot day in June 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 20/06/2017
WHR loco number 138, an NGG16 Garrett, leaves Porthmadog for Boston Lodge with its empty coaches after bringing the afternoon train in from ...
Colin McDonald 18/10/2017
WHR loco number 138, an NGG16 Garrett, moves on to Britannia Bridge on Porthmadog's High Street in the last stage of its journey with the afternoon ...
Colin McDonald 18/10/2017