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Author Topic: Little Trains in Wales  (Read 3193 times)
Madasasteamfish
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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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