Various dates in July, August, September, October and November

Join our passionate volunteer guides for a tour of the oldest continually operating railway engineering works in the world.

Discover how the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways have used heritage skills to build and maintain steam locomotives and carriages for over three centuries.

Boston Lodge is the engineering works of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. The present workforce is continuing a long-established tradition of innovation and quality.

The Works is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest in the world and is unique in having built steam locomotives in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The tour starts from Porthmadog’s Harbour Station with a short train ride across the Cob embankment to the Works. Here you will be immersed in tales of past and present. Discover the colourful characters who have worked at Boston Lodge. Uncover how the railway has shaped local landscapes and communities, and influenced railway development around the world!

The oldest building on the site is over 200 years old, and the newest – the purpose-built Small Locomotive Shed – has just been completed to allow visitors to see some of our world-famous locomotives.

Please note that children under the age of 10 are unfortunately not permitted on-site for safety reasons. Children over the age of 10 are welcome to come along with a responsible adult to explore this pioneering site. Dogs are not allowed at Boston Lodge.

There are no café facilities at Boston Lodge. Spooner’s Café & Bar at Harbour Station gives you an opportunity to grab a drink or enjoy a delicious meal before or after any tour.

What do I need to know before I come?

Boston Lodge is a working engineering site with rails and uneven surfaces throughout and is often muddy in places. This is combined with frequent vehicle and train movements. Due to the uneven ground and the amount of walking involved, the tour is not accessible to wheelchair users or people who are not fully mobile without assistance. Your sight must be sufficient to see potential dangers yourself.

Please watch this safety briefing before booking as it will help you understand what the site is like.

What to wear

Please wear warm clothes and bring a waterproof as the weather can be unpredictable. Stout shoes, preferably walking boots, must be worn. Anyone wearing sandals or open-toed shoes will not be allowed on the tour.

Getting here

You will be met at Harbour Station by a Tour Guide before being taken to Boston Lodge on a scheduled train service where you will be given a safety briefing.

Car parking for our visitors is available in the fenced area at the end of the nearby Llyn Bach car park (LL49 9DF), a short walk away from Porthmadog Harbour Station. Parking is free for Railway passengers in this section only. The car park is open from 0730 – 2000 and is available on a first come first served basis. The remainder of this car park is council run and the appropriate fee should be paid (see map). Disabled badge holders may park at the station and should make themselves known to a station host on arrival. Please do not leave dogs unattended in vehicles.

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