The northern end of the revived Welsh Highland Railway is being rebuilt by the Ffestiniog Railway in grand style. Running from the water’s edge in Caernarfon the line currently runs on the old standard gauge trackbed to Dinas Junction where it rejoins the original WHR right-of-way and heads deep into the Snowdonia National Park. The present terminus is at Rhyd Ddu about half way along the eventual route.
Only one of the original WHR locomotives survives, and now runs on the WHR (Porthmadog) line. To operate the new WHR (Caernarfon) line a set of locomotives have been imported from recently abandoned lines in South Africa. These magnificent machines are the ultimate development of narrow gauge steam and enable a brisk “main line” service to be run on the new railway.
Running along the southern edge of Mount Snowdon through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, this revived line is a blend of the old and the new. When the work is completed to link south through Beddgelert to the Porthmadog section, it will form the longest narrow gauge line in the UK.