A brief his­tory

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Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog’s rail­way his­tory is fas­ci­nat­ing. The LNWR opened the line from Llan­dudno Junc­tion in 1881, the GWR’S line from Bala ar­rived in 1883, hav­ing taken over and re-gauged the nar­row gauge Fes­tin­iog & Blae­nau Rail­way. And that’s with­out talk­ing about the world-fa­mous Fes­tin­iog, which opened in 1836. The EX-LNWR and EX-GWR lines were linked in the 1960s af­ter the line to Bala closed, but rail ac­cess was re­quired for the Trawsfynyd­d nu­clear power sta­tion. Tight cut­tings, curved viaducts, a blend of mod­ern and Vic­to­rian bridges, nu­clear flasks and slate, stan­dard and nar­row gauge all give Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog an at­mos­phere and his­tory un­like any­where else. It’s the per­fect fo­cal point for a lay­out!

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