The programme will begin with a conducted tour of Boston Lodge, with guides, on Friday afternoon/evening 11th April. It is expected that travel to and from Boston Lodge will be by train, and that after the event, the visitors will be able to book an evening meal in Spooner's Restaurant.
The train will repeat this year’s new schedule, of a trip over WHR to Caernarfon first, followed by the run up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Timings are likely to be similar as 2013. It all worked very well, and return to Porthmadog will be whilst it is still light.
Note that The Snowdonian is expected to be one of the first trains to use the newly rebuilt Harbour Station in 2014.
Catering will be tea/coffee etc., plus a bacon bap on the way to Caernarfon. Then, there will be a stop for lunch on the way back at the Goat Inn at Beddgelert. The quality and service at the Goat has been commendable, so we will stay with the same arrangements. A cream-filled scone and jam, with tea will be served on the trip to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The price will be £140 for third class travel if booked before January 31st 2014.
(This price will increase to £160 for a seat in third class booked from February 1st 2014).
Again the Porthmadog-facing third Observation Car 123 will be on the train, price £200 for the rearmost 6 places – first come, first served for the rest.
A seat in the first class Observation car at the Caernarfon end of the train will be £250, including a superior catering offer.
The theme for 2014 is First and Last. Subject to confirmation locomotives K1 and 143 will take the train to and from Caernarfon and Prince and Lyd will take over for the run up the Ffestiniog Railway.
Bookings will be opened as soon as possible.
All of the profits from this train go to Phase 5.