Friday, 4 May 2012

30 years of the Ffestiniog Railway

A Rail Celebration

Well, doesn't time fly?! A whopping 30 years of the Ffestiniog Railway! You read right - it was in May 1982 that the newly renovated Ffestiniog Railway proudly opened it's carriages again and the whole route between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog Harbour resumed as it once had done a hundred years previously.

The restoration project was no mean feat - it had been ongoing since the 1950's, but the last push was made in the spring of 1982 and the celebrations and ceremonies are still remembered by  those who attended then!

Ffestiniog Railway Porthmadog Station

And to celebrate, the Ffestiniog Railway have a special calendar of fabulous events planned for the weekend of May 5th-7th.

Not only will the weekend's events be a celebration of the Ffestiniog Railway, but also of the brilliant town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, which, thanks to huge efforts from community groups and local support, has undergone massive regeneration and regrowth in the last few years.

So, this is not a weekend to be missed! There are loads of different events going on - from special trains, photography exhibitions, guided walks from brilliant local walk leader Catrin Roberts, gravity train services, trips to see the progress of the new biking trails and a wacky contraption called the "Velorail" - all will be revealed at the weekend!

You can find more details, including times, prices and ticket info here or check the Ffestiniog Railway website for more general info.

The Oakeley Arms is just a 5 minute walk from the Ffestiniog Railway Tan-y-Bwlch Station, so come down and join us for a celebratory ale!!

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