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1863 and all that – 150 years of steam power on the Ffestiniog Railway

1863 and all that – 150 years of steam power on the Ffestiniog Railway

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The latest Ffestiniog Railway’s popular Vintage Weekend is to look back over 150 years of local rail history with the three day “1863 and all that” event.


Historical flavour will come not only from the trains but costumes, technology, food, customs, beer and wine from that period in history where anything seemed possible and this corner of Wales was at the forefront of global development.


Highlights planned for the weekend include England-loco hauled special trains to Beddgelert and Victorian style trains running from Porthmadog to Tan-y-Bwlch and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Several gravity trains will be operated, recreating the earliest to be run on the line, with the waggons hauled back to Blaenau Ffestiniog by horse back in the 1830s. Kilo the horse will make a welcome return to the railway, hauling slate wagons at Harbour Station and on rails specially laid for the occasion.


Many of the railway’s staff will be in Victorian costume, with visitors also encouraged to dress up.


Other events during the weekend include an evening 'Nightglow' photography session at Boston Lodge and a photographic competition for both adults and children. The event will also host railway’s first ever Boat Race, when a unique sail-powered railways vehicle will compete against rowers.


For more details, ticket prices and a booking form, visit the Steam 150 microsite at


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