A weekend of heritage trains operating between Dinas and Rhyd Ddu (as South Snowdon is now known) to celebrate the reopening of this section of line.

Although first sections of today’s Welsh Highland Railway date back as far as the 1820’s it was not until one hundred years later that the narrow gauge line between Dinas Junction (the old WHR never made it to Caernarfon!) and Porthmadog was completed. Its story is a complicated one.

A combination of local business and local authorities supported by central government money led to creation of the Welsh Highland Railway company which took over the almost derelict North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway and completed the unfinished line from there through Beddgelert to Porthmadog. The railway went immediately into decline, lurching from crisis to crisis and finally closed in 1937, passenger services never restarting after the 1936 season.

Eventually after many trials and tribulations and much effort the railway was rebuilt and reopened between 1997 and 2011 giving us the wonderful railway we see today.

The Ffestiniog Railway Company, Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri, the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway and Welsh Highland Heritage Group are delighted to be working together to arrange a series of events which attempt to tell the story.

30th/31st July 2022: A weekend of heritage trains operating between Dinas and Rhyd Ddu (as South Snowdon is now known) on 30th and 31st July 2022 to celebrate the reopening of this section of line.

23rd/24th/25th June 2023: The main event to celebrate the opening through to Porthmadog. This will be based at the southern end of the railway and promises to be a great event including all three railways and some of the original locomotives operating on the line.

For more details of these and other events keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page.