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June 15, 2017

The Oldest Surviving Railway Company in the World: Looking Back on the Ffestiniog Railway's Work in the Early 1960s

The Ffestiniog Railway is a 1 ft 11 1⁄2 in (597 mm) narrow gauge heritage railway, located in Gwynedd, Wales. It is a major tourist attraction located mainly within the Snowdonia National Park.

The railway is roughly 13 1⁄2 miles (21.7 km) long and runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, travelling through forested and mountainous scenery. The line is single track throughout with four intermediate passing places. The first mile of the line out of Porthmadog runs atop an embankment locally called the Cob, which is the dyke of the Traeth Mawr "polder".

English photographer Ron Fisher first visited the Festiniog Railway in 1959. However, “I went there again at Easter 1960 after walking the full length of the Welsh Highland Railway trackbed.”

Fisher after that came back again and began volunteering on the line and took many pictures. These color photos he documented the work of the ancient Welsh railway in the early 1960s.

(Copyright © Ron Fisher)



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