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Location: 52 56N 4 08W; UK National Grid Ref: SH 568 393

Enquiries to: Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, Tremadog Road, PORTHMADOG. LL49 9DY
Tel: +44 (0)1766 513402
Email: info@whr.co.uk

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The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway was formerly known as the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) but changed its name on January 1 2009 to differentiate itself from the WHR developing the line from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.
The WHHR  is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. Of 2ft gauge, it operates for three-quarters of a mile from Gelert's Farm to Pen-y-mount, and visitors have the opportunity of travelling in the restored coach used by prime minister William Gladstone during a visit in 1892.
Star locomotive of the Railway is Russell, a 2-6-2 tank built by Hunslet in 1906 and the sole survivor of the original line, which closed in 1937.
The aim of the WHR is to recreate the experience of rail travel in a bygone age, of 'a timeless world of old-fashioned courtesy and a forgotten way of life'. The station at Pen-y-mount is an exact replica of an original WHR station, and a visit includes a tour of the sheds where the historic locos can be seen in their natural environment. Although the present-day journey is a short one, ultimately the WHR is part of the ambitious scheme to reopen the Welsh Highland Railway through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia, from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, a project being undertaken in conjunction with the Ffestiniog Railway.

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2014 Opening dates, times and fares

Fares (not applicable on some Special Event days)

Ride All Day for:

Adults   7.50
Children   3.75
Senior Citizens   6.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children)   18.50

Children under 5 travel free

On selected trains, adults can also gain a driver's eye view of the line with a footplate pass on any scheduled servicefor a supplementary fare of 15.00

You can also ride on the 15:00 train, followed by a Welsh cream tea in our Tea Room. 8.00 adults, 7.00 concessions

Special Events 2014 (Special fares and timetables apply for some events. Contact the WHR for details)

Driver Experience

The WHR offers two driving experiences
The Evening course costs 95 and begins with a trip on the footplate of the 4.00pm train. When the passengers have gone, it's your turn!

The Full Day course costs 330 and you have the railway to yourself for the day with individual instruction from the driver and fireman, and lunch in the 'Russell' tea room.

Both courses include a year's free membership of the WHR.

How to get there

The railway is about 100 metres from Porthmadog station on the Cambrian coast line from Shrewsbury to Pwllheli, operated by Arriva Trains Wales.
There are regular bus services from Caernarfon, Pwllheli and Dolgellau, all of which stop within a few hundred metres of the WHR.
For details of connecting services, including travel planner and timetables, visit the Traveline Cymru website.

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