Following the successful completion of the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway has received one of the most prestigious accolades in the heritage railway industry, the Peter Manisty Award.
Presented by the Heritage Railway Association, the award is only given to projects of the highest quality and, as such, is presented when merited rather than on an annual basis.
Previous winners include London and Continental Railways for their superb adaptation and restoration of St Pancras Station and the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for the construction of the steam locomotive Tornado.
The railway was also honoured with the Railway of the Year award (pictured below), presented at The Oldie magazine's Travel Awards ceremony in London. Nominated by respected railway writer Christian Wolmar, the magazine's editorial board praised not only the completion of the WHR, but the heritage ambiance of the world's oldest independent railway, the Ffestiniog.
"To receive two such prestigious awards within a few days is a great honour," said F&WHR General Manager Paul Lewin, "and reflects the determination and sheer hard work involved by permanent staff and volunteers alike.
"With traffic on the Welsh Highland up by more than 50 per cent on last year, it's clear that visitors to North Wales are also enthused and that all our hard work is paying off."
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