We visited the railway on a glorious day in May.
Some visitors have commented on the ticket prices, but it is well worth researching the discounted ticket deals available. We used an 'Explore North & Mid Wales' Rail Rover and thus, our adult tickets for a journey between Blaenau Ffestiniog through to Caernarfon cost £17.50 each.
We got the 1045 ex Blaenau Ffestiniog and it proceeded through fantastic Welsh mountain countryside. Look out for waterfalls, valleys and the occasional nuclear power station.
The timetable allowed for just over an hour in Porthmadoc ... Ample time, if you plan it rightly, for a few photos of the rail stock before nipping off for a sandwich from a local shop.
We took the 1405 train to Caernarfon and again, was treated to more great countryside. Consider also the gradients that the little locomotives pulling a heavy train can manage.
Look out for views of Snowdon on the right hand side and the lake of Llyn Cwellyn and as you approach the terminus, a view of Caernarfon Castle.
Sadly many people on Trip Advisor confuse the Welsh Highland Railway with the smaller Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (which is still worth a visit if you have a spare extra hour in Porthmadoc)
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