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Train travel as it should be done

Outstanding scenery, comfortable carriages and historic steam engines await you here in the heart of Snowdonia. Glorious coastlines, ancient oak woodlands, mountains, rivers and castles, all beckon as you embark on your journey on our award winning railways.

Double Fairlie 'David Lloyd George' steams through the Vale Of Ffestiniog

With some of the most comfortable carriages on any preserved railway - standard or narrow gauge - you can step back in time to a more civilised age.

Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia in comfort, with at-seat buffet service, snacks, refreshments and a fully-licenced bar featuring locally-brewed award-winning beers.

As the oldest railway company in the world still operating trains, we know a bit about what makes a journey special. Even a short trip on our railways will help you unwind - so much so, we think you'll want to do it all over again...

The Ffestiniog Railway is the world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

We still operate three of our original locomotives - over 150 years old - and original carriages, offering an unrivalled journey back into the golden age of rail travel.

Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.

Discover why engineers from around the world visited the Ffestiniog to see how it should be done.

A Welsh Highland Railway Garratt heads through the Aberglaslyn Pass towards Beddgelert

The Welsh Highland Railway is the UK's longest heritage railway and runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK, including first class Pullman luxury and freshly-cooked food delivered to your seat.

2014 saw the opening of the new £1.25 million Porthmadog Harbour Station, offering greatly-improved passenger facilities and a convenient cross-platform interchange between the two railways. Our new £3 million station in Caernarfon has also opened, offering world class facilities at the Northern end of the network. The station at Caernarfon forms part of the Welsh Government's Tourism Attractor Destination programme.