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Author Topic: Little Trains in Wales  (Read 3513 times)
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« Reply #50 on: May 07, 2016, 12:37:44 pm »

Wow, it really is just two months to go. And I still haven't managed to lay my hands on a decent pair of breeks. Oh well, still plenty of time.
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« Reply #51 on: May 07, 2016, 02:05:26 pm »

Well, my plan for this year is to drive to Porthmadog, rather than take the train.  This  of course may well change if my car decides to come over all British Leyland again (fingers crossed it won't).  I'm rather looking forward to the drive through Snowdonia to get there.   
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« Reply #52 on: May 08, 2016, 04:45:30 pm »

Well it is a pleasant drive, although the roads are such that it's nigh impossible to appreciate the scenery whilst driving (which tbf is one area the train has the edge).
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« Reply #53 on: May 08, 2016, 05:11:05 pm »

They're the sort of roads my car was designed to be driven on; one of the (few) perks of running a classic British roadster.  To be honest I looked at a map and discovered it's 90 miles from my house to Porthmadog, then looked at the map a little more and found that the train goes pretty much everywhere else in North Wales before it gets to Porthmadog, which is why it takes the better part of 5 hours.  And having done that last year, yes it is a nice relaxing ride but it is also quite tiring and boring after a while.
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« Reply #54 on: June 11, 2016, 12:34:28 pm »

It's only 4 weeks away now; if anyone wants to just join us for one of the days rather than the full weekend you'll be more than welcome!  We'll be doing at least part of the Welsh Highland on the Saturday (which runs from Porthmadog up into Snowdonia), and on the Sunday we'll be doing at least part of the Festiniogg and then hopefully visiting Portmeirion in the afternoon. 
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« Reply #55 on: July 02, 2016, 11:22:45 am »

One week away now!
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« Reply #56 on: July 02, 2016, 07:50:09 pm »

Looking forward to it. Will be nice to break my camera out again.
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« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2016, 06:42:39 pm »

Portmeirion tickets (if we decide we do want to visit); have to be bought on-line and ARE NOT VALID ON DAY OF PURCHASE. 

So; if we do want to go, I would advise booking either tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday and visiting on the Sunday. 

http://www.portmeirion-village.com/visit/buy-tickets-online/

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« Reply #58 on: July 11, 2016, 05:03:14 pm »

Home again!  (well, about 5 hours ago actually, but I had quite a lot of things to sort out)...

We had sideways rain this year on the Saturday, so the original intention of stopping off halfway to Caernarfon for a hike had to be abandoned. 
On the Sunday though the weather smiled on us, and we were able to get off at Tan-y-Bwlch and try to hike to Ddault.  I say 'try to hike' because although we found a likely-looking path, it ended after half a mile in a deep puddle of water in the middle of a wood, and I got eaten by a bear.  So in future, just take the train to Ddault.  It's easier. 

We were then able to spend the afternoon at Portmeirion.  I can only assume the white balloons were themselves on holiday, as we were able to extricate ourselves from The Village with no difficulty whatsoever. 

Oh, and then we were informed that there is a Victorian Weekend every year in October on the Festiniogg.  Maybe next year?

Photos here!

http://s149.photobucket.com/user/masgtai/library/2016%20Grand%20Summer%20Expedition%20July%209%2010?sort=3&page=1
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« Reply #59 on: January 01, 2017, 12:38:52 pm »

http://www.festrail.co.uk/content/publish/specialevents/502.shtml

https://www.evensi.uk/quirks-amp-curiosities-ii-ffestiniog-welsh-highland/176765797

Weekend of 28th April 2017.  Does anybody want to come along?
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« Reply #60 on: January 07, 2017, 12:03:36 am »

It might be possible to convince me to attend. I'll have to investigate hotels and the like before conforming however.
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« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2017, 12:38:22 pm »

It's not absolutely certain that I'll be able to go yet; there's a few things up in the air at the moment (I'm trying to gauge general interest in an outing before deciding whether to try for it or not).  It's a few months away yet so there is still time to sort out the logistics of the trip; but I'm aware that as it's a special event there's a price premium which makes it that little bit more expensive.
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« Reply #62 on: December 30, 2017, 04:17:03 pm »

Just to judge interest in organising a group outing on the North Wales narrow gauge next Summer (tentatively, 14/15 July 2018).

Would anybody want to come? 
Would people want to go to Porthmadog again?- or try one or two other venues (Talyllyn, Rheidol, Welshpool?)
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« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2017, 09:18:09 pm »

I'd certainly be interested but as much as I've enjoyed porthmadog I'd perhaps be interested in visiting some of the other narrow gauge lines thereabouts.

But I'm happy to go along with whatever other people fancy. Maybe we could do the ffestiniog/Welsh highland one day then pile into transport and visit another line the other day?
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« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2017, 09:56:04 pm »

Welshpool haven't released their events for 2018 but it seems in 2017 they had a number of 'Vintage' weekends over the summer with various displays in addition to the railway itself, and Tayllyn has a Victorian weekend on the 5th & 6th of August.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #65 on: December 31, 2017, 11:38:04 am »

I'd certainly be interested but as much as I've enjoyed porthmadog I'd perhaps be interested in visiting some of the other narrow gauge lines thereabouts.

I quite agree with that. 

Welshpool haven't released their events for 2018 but it seems in 2017 they had a number of 'Vintage' weekends over the summer with various displays in addition to the railway itself, and Tayllyn has a Victorian weekend on the 5th & 6th of August.

Yours,
Miranda.

I'll keep an eye on the W&L site. 

Just having a look on googlemaps* with an eye to keeping the distance between venues to a minimum (say an hour's drive) there are two ideas that come to mind.  The first is the Welshpool & Llanfair followed by the Llangollen Railway, whilst the second is the Talyllyn followed by the Vale of Rheidol.  These would be weekend trips of course- doing the one on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday. 

I've no preference either way for these two (I'd be happy doing either!) but it strikes me that the W&L/ Llangollen idea would also appeal to the WMSA, maybe not the whole weekend but certainly Welshpool and Llangollen are both within reasonable driving distance of the West Midlands- potentially making a group outing. 

I'm open to other proposed itinieries!

*other online maps are available. 
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« Reply #66 on: December 31, 2017, 12:21:19 pm »

I'd certainly be interested but as much as I've enjoyed porthmadog I'd perhaps be interested in visiting some of the other narrow gauge lines thereabouts.

I quite agree with that. 

Welshpool haven't released their events for 2018 but it seems in 2017 they had a number of 'Vintage' weekends over the summer with various displays in addition to the railway itself, and Tayllyn has a Victorian weekend on the 5th & 6th of August.

Yours,
Miranda.

I'll keep an eye on the W&L site. 

Just having a look on googlemaps* with an eye to keeping the distance between venues to a minimum (say an hour's drive) there are two ideas that come to mind.  The first is the Welshpool & Llanfair followed by the Llangollen Railway, whilst the second is the Talyllyn followed by the Vale of Rheidol.  These would be weekend trips of course- doing the one on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday. 

I've no preference either way for these two (I'd be happy doing either!) but it strikes me that the W&L/ Llangollen idea would also appeal to the WMSA, maybe not the whole weekend but certainly Welshpool and Llangollen are both within reasonable driving distance of the West Midlands- potentially making a group outing. 

I'm open to other proposed itinieries!

*other online maps are available. 

Consider my vote cast for the W&L/Llagollen itinerary.
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« Reply #67 on: December 31, 2017, 02:28:35 pm »

My own vote is for the W&L/ Llangollen.  I've mentioned it on the WMSA fb page too and there seems to be some support for it.
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