Behind the Scenes of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
- Steam Hauled Private Charter
- Footplate ride on a section of the line
- Unique behind the scenes access of the entire railway
- Access to ‘normally off limits’ Porthmadog Signalbox
- Guided tours and insights from Active Staff and Volunteers
- Three course evening meal on first and last night
Take an access all areas tour of one of the most famous railways in Britain, if not the world. Step behind the scenes of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways (F&WHR) and visit sections of the 40 mile narrow gauge line not normally seen by the average passenger. Below is a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what we can arrange for your group. As a sister company to the F&WHR we are in a unique position to gain unparalleled access to the railways and create a comprehensive tour to include travel, accommodation and hands-on, guided tours
For a visual taste of what you can expect from this specialist tour here is a video of a recent ‘Behind the Scenes’ in-depth visit to the Ffestiniog Railway: https://youtu.be/XgevzBJ2uGg.
Day 1 – Arrive Porthmadog
Arrive in Porthmadog in time to check into the Royal Sportsman Hotel, your base for the next 4 nights. We will arrange a group welcome dinner served in the hotel’s 2AA Rosette restaurant.
Day 2 – Ffestiniog Railway
This morning there will be a coach transfer from your hotel to Boston Lodge for an in-depth behind the scenes tour of the works. The tour includes access to many areas that are not usually open to the public, even on guided tours. You will be able to view loco preparation and take a tour of the Erecting Shop, Drawing Office, Stores, Running Shed, Old Loco Shed, and Carriage Works. After this tour board the train and make a return trip on the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog, returning back to Porthmadog for a tour of Harbour Station, including a visit to the signalbox, commissioned in 2014, with its miniature lever frame. A sandwich lunch is included today.
Day 3 – Welsh Highland Railway
Take the Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog through the Aberglaslyn Pass and climb through the forest and over the railway’s highest peak at Pitts Head. On arrival in Dinas you have the option of a guided tour of the locomotive workshops, including an opportunity to see the latest work on the railway’s NG15 locomotive 134, or continuing on to the historic town of Caernarfon with time to explore. We return to Porthmadog on the scheduled afternoon departure. A sandwich lunch is included today.
Day 4 – Behind the Scenes – Special Train
A rare insight into the Ffestiniog Railway on board a special steam hauled charter. The private train includes stops at Minffordd Yard and the Slate Sheds, lonely Rhiw Goch signalbox and loop. Take the 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. On the return journey to Porthmadog, footplate rides will be available for those wanting a unique view of the line. A sandwich lunch will be provided and a farewell meal will be arranged in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Day 5 – Farewell
After a leisurely breakfast it’s time to check out and say farewell before travelling home independently.
The Royal Sportsman, Porthmadog
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- Accommodation in a good, quality hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
- Guided tours as stated
- Return journeys in 3rd class on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
- Special Steam Charter Train as detailed
- 3 sandwich lunches and 2 dinners
- Transfers as stated
- Services of a tour leader throughout
Price per person
Prices available on request
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