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March 21st 2008
(Posted in: Ffestiniog Railway News)
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Sight For Sore Eyes

At last, it is now possible to once again enjoy the full glory of Cei Mawr! - Cei Mawr - located between Penrhyn and Tan-y-Bwlch - is the largest free-standing, dry-stone embankment in Europe.  In fact, as Ffestiniog Railway trains steam across the top they are 62' above the valley floor below!

The introduction of forestry plantations to the area has meant that, for many years, this impressive monument to the skill of Victorian engineers has been hidden from view.

However, twenty years of hard work and determination has now led to the felling of many of these trees to reveal the glorious and much anticipated views of, and from, Cei Mawr.  This clearing follows a 30% fell some years ago and is a combined effort between various bodies, including the National Trust and the Meirionnydd Oakwood Habitat Project.  U.P.N. Tilhill was the works contractor.

On Tuesday (March 11) an FR train of nine ex-MOD 'Railflat' wagons - hauled by 'Merddin Emrys'- was loaded with 55 base logs and taken to Minffordd Yard.  The oak was transferred to lorries at Minffordd and will be used by the National Trust in this first of-its-kind joint-project.

So when you travel on the railway, don't miss the views of, and from, Cei Mawr as they are something special!

*The FR would like to thank Martin Duncan for all his hard work in ensuring this project was, firstly - given the green light and, secondly - went so well!

*Please go to our Desktop Wallpaper section to download a high resolution version of the Cei Mawr panorama featured above.

 

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