Welsh Highland Railway
After two days of windy, blustery weather, Wednesday morning was gorgeous as we headed to the Caernarfon station to purchase our tickets for the Welsh Highland Railway. Our trip took us 2 ½ hours to the harbor town of Porthmadog. We traveled approximately 25 miles across the picturesque foothills of Snowdon. The track twisted and turned up and down the steep grade with the train stopping several times at local stations and twice to take on water. We enjoyed every minute of our leisurely journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in Snowdonia.
I spent the morning portion of the trip taking photos from the train, which was a challenge. The train doesn’t go fast, but it’s a narrow-gauge steam engine and it turns sharply and sometimes curves back around in a horseshoe curve. The weather began to cloud up as we approached Porthmadog, so I was glad I had taken advantage of the earlier sunny weather.
We walked around in Porthmadog, and Buddy did some shopping before it was time to board the train for the return to Caernarfon. I just enjoyed the beautiful scenery since I wasn’t concentrating on taking photos.
In 1878, the first passenger service started on the 2ft. North Wales Narrow Gage Railway. The railway experienced a series of ups and downs before the Welsh Highland Railway Society was established in 1961. Since that time, the railway has continued its expansion and work has started on a new terminus station for Caernarfon. Many of the staff members working on the train are volunteers dedicated to keeping the award-winning railway on the rails.