The Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) is 25 miles long, running from alongside the iconic castle in Caernarfon to Porthmadog Harbour where it connects with the Ffestiniog railway. It serves areas of scenic beauty (especially between Waunfawr and Nantmor) and key Snowdonian villages such as Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu.
The jewel in the crown is the wonderful line through the Aberglaslyn Pass just past Beddgelert, where many walkers such as myself were previously able to walk along the trackbed, through the rock tunnels and dream…
Key features of the line are the length (the UK’s longest heritage railway), the NGG16 South African Beyer-Garratt locomotives, which are the most powerful on the 2 foot gauge and special features such as the UK’s only mixed gauge flat rail crossing and it’s integration with the FR allowing a 40 mile trip!
The restoration was mainly performed by volunteers including myself and although it recreates the historic route of the WHR, it is very much a new railway on a historic trackbed, with modern facilities including wonderful first class pullman carriages and on board service. The new line also includes an extra section from Dinas north to Caernarfon, always an objective of the old WHR but never achieved until now that is.