Day on the Welsh Highland Railway.
We left Walsall Wood at 7-40 on Sunday October 14th 2012, and after a short stop at Telford Services, arrived at Caernarfon at about 12-00.
Hungry after our journey we sampled the Sunday lunch at the Black Boy Inn.
After lunch, a walk around Caernarfon, and then down to the Station to board the 14-30 train to Porthmadog. The 25 mile journey through the Snowdonia Nation Park, takes 2 1/2 hours, calling at 5 intermediate stations and 6 request halts.
The train was hauled by steam-powered Beyer Garratt NG/G16 No 87 (works No 3267).
Built in Belgium in 1936 to work in South Africa on the Natal Branches, the 2-6-2 + 2-6-2T locomotive weighs 62 Tons and as an overall length of 48 feet.
Spectacular views of the Snowdonia countryside were seen as the train wound its way along the 2 foot narrow gauge track.
At RHYD DDU station we passed the 14-15 train from Porthmadog, on its way to Caernarfon.
The on train refreshment trolley was sampled on route.
On entering the town of Porthmadog, the track runs down the centre of the main road, for a short distance before entering the station.
On leaving the station our coach was waiting to return us back to the Midlands and reality.