West Highland Railway celebrates its Centenary

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Welsh Highland Railway turns 100 this year, and tickets for its Centenary Celebrations are on sale now!

Jointly organised by the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, along with their supporting societies, the three-day event will celebrate this milestone in Welsh Highland Railway’s history.

The celebration will take place over the long-weekend of 23rd to 25th June.

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Included in the event will be re-created scenes from the original Welsh highland Railway operation and showcase the history of this iconic line right through to the scenic tourist trains that operate today.

Friday will focus on pre 1923 & the opening, Saturday will be all about the Welsh Highland Railway “Just like the Photos”, and the closure, whilst Sunday will be themed on the ‘revival’ of the railway as we now know it in the 21st Century.

Locomotives appearing include former North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway and Welsh Highland Heritage Railway stalwart locomotive Russell, originally built by Hunslet of Leeds in 1906, and War Department Baldwin ‘590’ built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works USA in 1917 for service behind the trenches in WW1. The Baldwin, number ‘794’, originally owned by the Imperial War Museum had its ownership recently transferred to the WHHR. It is currently undergoing restoration at the Vale of Rheidol workshops in Aberystwyth but will be in Porthmadog very soon. The locomotive will run as ‘590’ being almost identical to the original WHR loco of that number.

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Tickets are on sale now. A Day Rover ticket costs £75, or  pay £150 for all three days. Child tickets (15 years or younger) will be available at £10 for Day Rover and £20 for Three-Day Rover.


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