Ffestiniog Railway

A journey on this railway is an excellent opportunity to see the effects of the slate industry on the area. The journey starts in Porthmadog, a town which was developed in the early 19th century following the construction of the seawall known as the Cob. Before its construction, crossing the marshland between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth, known as Traeth Mawr, was a difficult and dangerous task. The Cob was built to facilitiate the journey across Traeth Mawr and to enable Porthmadog to develop into an important town and port in the area. This also facilitated the transportation of coal down from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog and on to the rest of the world.