Ffestiniog Railway ‘Behind the Scenes’

Thursday 5 June to Monday 9 June also Friday 17 October to Tuesday 21 October 2014

Now in its third year, this tour continues to attract those who covet the unique opportunity of exploring the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and gaining an insight into normally unseen aspects of these preserved railways.

Day 1 - Arrive Beddgelert

Check into the Royal Goat Hotel, our base for the next 4 nights. This evening we have a group welcome dinner served in the hotel.

Day 2 - Ffestiniog Railway

Blanche at Boston Lodge - © Colin ChurcherCoach transfer from our hotel to Boston Lodge for an in depth, behind the scenes tour of the works with access to many areas not usually open to the public. Blanche and Lilla in the erecting shop at Boston Lodge - © Dan MayView loco preparation and take a tour of the Erecting Shop, Drawing Office, Stores, Running Shed, Old Loco Shed, and Carriage Works. Later we board the train and make a return trip on the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog, returning back to Porthmadog. A sandwich lunch is included today. Our coach will return to Beddgelert in the late afternoon allowing a few hours to take in the harbour town.

Day 3 - Behind the Scenes Special Train

Signalman Ian Rudd explains Rhiw Goch signalbox - © Colin ChurcherA private steam hauled two-coach train will provide a rare insight into the FR with stops at Minffordd Yard and the Slate Sheds, lonely Rhiw Goch signalbox and loop. We also take our train along the original ‘Dinas’, branch at Blaenau Ffestiniog and to Glan y Pwll Sheds, Dduallt with its spiral and we go behind the scenes at Tan y Bwlch. There will be several photo opportunities not usually available en route at Rhiw Goch and Dduallt. We return via Porthmadog over the ‘Crosstown link’, stopping at Snowdon Mill, the former junction of the Gorseddau Tramway and Pont Croesor. The train continues to Beddgelert and we have the option of alighting at Nantmor, walking back along the Fisherman’s Path and taking photos of our train’s ECS working to Boston Lodge. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Day 4 - Welsh Highland Railway

Taking coal at Dinas on the Welsh Highland Railway - © Colin ChurcherToday we take the Welsh Highland Railway from Beddgelert, climbing through the forest and over the railway’s highest peak at Pitts Head. On arrival in Dinas you have an option of a guided tour of the locomotive workshops or continuing on to Caernarfon to explore the town. A sandwich lunch is included today and after returning to Beddgelert in the evening we have a farewell dinner served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 5 - Travel Home Independently

Includes:

  • Accommodation at The Royal Goat Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Guided tours as stated
  • Return journeys in 3rd class on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Special Train as detailed
  • Three sandwich lunches and two dinners
  • Transfers as stated
  • Services of a tour leader throughout the holiday
Price per person:
Escorted holiday: £625
Single room supplement: £45
Deposit for this holiday: £100

IMPORTANT NOTE - Operational difficulties or requirements and other restrictions may limit or curtail some of the places to be visited but we do undertake to provide a unique insight unavailable to normal passengers or Society members. The special on Day 3 is expected to be steam hauled, however in certain circumstances a diesel may be used if steam traction is unavailable for any reason. Please note that as the railways’ timetables are yet to be published, the days may be switched to accommodate our visit.

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