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Ffestiniog Railway (Porthmadog, United Kingdom)

The Ffestiniog Railway, now a tourist attraction run by steam train enthusiasts, was originally built as a gravity and horse drawn line to carry slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog. As the slate industry declined, the railway closed in 1946. It was re-opened as a heritage attraction in 1954. The trains run several times a day for most of the year, though service is limited (and there are days without trains at all) between November and March. Most of the time, the trains are steam hauled, but diesel engines are used at some off-peak times. All the carriages apart from the observation carriage and some first class seats (extra charge) are “third class” but the prices reflect a tourist attraction character of the railway and a round trip costs close to 20 GBP for adults and not much less for children (children under 3 are free and one child under 16 travels free for every full paying adult). The full route from covers 13 miles in distance and over 200m in altitude, taking the passengers from the sea-level Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

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