Blaenau Ffestiniog

Another day out in Wales, this time to Blaenau Ffestiniog, a small town surrounded by slate waste heaps which makes it seem extremely grey when the train emerges from the two mile long tunnel.

I visited the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, an excellent museum of slate mining that includes a "Victorian Village".

There are two very interesting rides underground but they're not good for taking photos! Here's the funicular which takes visitors on the deep tour.

An expert demonstration of how the mined rock was split into roof slates.

Of course, a visit to the Miner's Arms traditional Welsh pub is a must. The real fire was very welcome after a trip underground.

Back at the railway station, one of the Festiniog Railway's Fairlie locomotives runs round its train.

Also in the station was the preserved D1015 Western Champion on a visiting railtour.

An impressive display on departure!

September 2009

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