Duration: Approx. 3 hours
Up to 5 trains per day according to demand.
The restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway took almost thirty years before returning to Blaenau Ffestiniog. One of the major hurdles was a reservoir which had flooded the line during closure. A major project to raise the railway up to enable it to go round the side of the reservoir was ‘The Deviation’ involving a new tunnel and a great spiral of track being built around Dduallt station, a remote halt in the mountains.
This heritage style service will take you above the treeline beyond Tan-y-Bwlch to Dduallt, including a trip around the spiral, the amazing volunteer project built in the 1970s with huge cuttings, high embankments and a bridge over the top of the line along which you have just travelled. There are some great views beyond Tan-y-Bwlch over the delightful Vale of Ffestiniog and towards distant mountains. Of added interest is the old diesel locomotive which accompanies the train above Tan-y-Bwlch to act as the bottom engine for going back down the hill. The train returns to Tan-y-Bwlch, allowing an opportunity for refreshments from the station tearoom.
Our heritage carriages offer a variety of compartments from four wheeled quarrymen’s carriages to ornate First Class. Former Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, travelled to work in these First Class compartments when he was a solicitor in Blaenau Ffestiniog so you are in renowned company, though he would not have travelled around ‘The Deviation’. As a contrast, there may be a chance for you to travel in your own tiny Victorian quarrymen’s carriage from the 1860s. While accommodation may vary, there is one compartment price and you can choose your seating on the day.
Compartment price (up to six people): £60.00
(This price is inclusive of two passengers.)
Extra adults: £30.00 per person.
Children (Age 3 – 15): £1.00
The Tea Room at Tan-y-Bwlch Station serves a varied selection of freshly cooked hot and cold light lunches and afternoon teas. Arrive by train, by car or on foot for a relaxing break and tasty treats.