Past & Present: WHR - Vol 3

Past & Present: WHR - Vol 3


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A Past & Present Companion
The Welsh Highland Railway - Volume 3: Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now!

The first volume in this series was published in 1999 when the Welsh Highland Railway ran from Caernarfon only as far as Dinas, just 4 miles, on tracks officially re-opened in 1997.

Volume 2 took the story on to 2003, when the relaid tracks had reached Rhyd Ddu, at the very foot of Snowdon, 13 miles from Caernarfon and in the heart of magnificent scenery surely unsurpassed on any UK narrow gauge railway. But Rhyd Ddu was only the half-way point in this phenomenal railway project. Ahead lay the final 12 miles to Porthmadog, where it was intended that the reborn WHR would connect with the Ffestiniog Railway at the latter's Harbour station.

Now the dream has become reality.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ffestinog Railway and the efforts of contractors, supporters and volunteers, the railway has been completed to Porthmadog, and trains once more run through the town's streets to the harbour following a spectacular journey across the mountains from Caernarfon.