Welsh Highland Railway at 21

Gareth Evans reports on the Super-Power 2018 gala, which celebrated the start of Welsh Highland trains between Dinas and Caernarfon in 1997 – and he also gains a look inside the line’s impressive new northern terminus

It’s staggering to think 21 years have elapsed since the rebirth of the Welsh Highland Railway from the Caernarfon end.

For some of us, the attraction and excitement remains as strong as ever for this beautifully scenic 2ft-gauge line, which runs through the heart of Snowdonia, with its powerful Garratt steam locomotives and comfortable bogie carriages.

This low-down angle shows off the two of the line’s iconic locomotives – Garratts Nos. 138 and 143 – at the head of a nine-car train at Dinas, complete with a bogie tank wagon, on September 15. GARETH EVANS

The anniversary of the start of Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway (F&WHR) services between Caernarfon and Dinas was celebrated at the Super-Power 2018 gala over the weekend of September 14-16.

The star attraction was undoubtedly 2-4-2T Lyn, the replica Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Baldwin.

Top-and-tailed with Single Fairlie Taliesin, Lyn operated shuttle trains with three heritage F&WHR carriages.

Feedback from crews was positive, with some looking forward to the locomotive’s return in due course.

Other locomotives in traffic included Double Fairlies David Lloyd George and Myrddin Emrys, as well as Garratts Nos. 87, 138 and 143.

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