The narrow gauge steam trains of Wales There are particular methods of travel that make the most of your surroundings. A journey on board one of the many narrow gauge steam trains of Wales is certainly the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the country. A Ffestiniog &Welsh Highland Railways Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways by From the harbour at Porthmadog and the backdrop of Caernarfon Castle, to the slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, these powerful trains make for a wonderful journey. See the sights from the comfort of a carriage, climbing more than 700 feet from the sea to the peaks of Snowdon.More trains in Snowdonia B Vale of Rheidol Railway Vale of Rheidol, Ceredigion Let the restored vintage steam trains take the strain on an adventure through rolling, changing countryside to invigorate the senses. The 12 mile route between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge is a master class in engineering, which has been in use for 110 years – now it’s your turn to sample its delights. More trains in Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay C Snowdon Mountain Railway Snowdon Mountain Railway, Gwynedd, North Wales by Snowdon Mountain Railway Think again if you thought you’d never see Snowdon’s peak. Originally conceived during the 19th century – when a donkey ride was one of the options for visitors wishing to scale the awesome mountain – this railway lets you climb aboard and head towards the summit on an unforgettable scenic journey. D Fairbourne Railway Fairbourne Railway at the Barmouth Ferry Terminus, Snowdonia by rowanC82 The roots of this locomotive service hark back to mid-19th century expertise, and the wonderfully relaxing two-mile ride takes in a beach and golf course along the way. The end of the line is notable for offering a connection to a pedestrian ferry bound for the seaside resort of Barmouth. E Talyllyn Railway Talyllyn Railway's No. 3 'Sir Haydn' at Maespoeth Junction, Cardigan Bay by babs pix Get away from it all with a journey slow on speed and fast on sights along the Cardigan Bay coast. Originally taken over during the early 1950s, the original steam trains are manned by a friendly team on the tracks, offering cream teas and excellent views of the Fathew Valley. F Gwili Steam Railway Gwili Steam Railway, Carmarthenshire by alunb Iron mills and a river ride are in store on this picturesque tour, lasting about an hour but designed so you can hop on and off for refreshments or sightseeing. Fields, hills and gulls swooping along the water provide the scenery from locomotives once used for industrial or wartime service. More trains and historic attractions in Carmarthenshire G Brecon Mountain Railway Brecon Mountain Railway in the snow, Brecon Beacons by Griffin Guiding Limestone quarries and the 13th century ruins of Morlais Castle give Brecon two of the most evocative gateways to a railway – and they’re just the start. The Mountain Railway winds through villages, the highest peak in South Wales and the vast, 85 year old Reservoir Dam. Hop off for stunning scenery. More trains and historic attractions in Mid Wales H Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Welshpool to Llanfair Railway, Mid Wales by James - Leogem Start in historic Welshpool and take in the Banwy Valley on an ancient locomotive – the two in use were supplied to the railway back in 1902. This is a great route if you feel like a walk along the riverbank, although your carriage is a choice position for spotting wildlife. I Llanberis Lake Railway Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdonia by David ... Glimpse the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, twin lakes, the village of Llanberis and the historic Padarn Country Park on a vintage steam train rescued from local quarries. The five-mile trip offers enviable views of Snowdon, a chance to admire the fire-stoked engine and a lakeside picnic opportunity on the way back. J Bala Lake Railway Bala Lake Railway, Snowdonia Sit back and relax on a nine-mile breeze through the celebrated Snowdonia National Park, beginning in the pretty Llanuwchllyn Village, a place entwined with Arthurian legend. The lake itself is the largest natural body of water in Wales, and sites along the way include churches and a Norman Castle Motte. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Favourite St Davids spots Travel writer Alf Alderson tells us about his favourite places to spend time in St Davids. 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