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Pioneer Garratt K1 on a freight charter at the summit of the line (Martin Creese)

Caernarfon to Porthmadog, North Wales

Snowdonia's Newest Railway

Welcome to the official website of the Welsh Highland Railway Project. This is where you can find out all about the project led by the Ffestiniog Railway to rebuild and operate the Welsh Highland Railway, a neighbouring line running through the mountains of Wales which closed in the 1930s. Approval has been granted to rebuild the whole line. Half of the total length is now open, from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu, at the foot of Snowdon, and work is now well under way to reopen the remaining half through to Porthmadog. This site includes information on the present operations and future plans of Rheilffordd Eryri (Welsh title for the rebuilt WHR), the developments that have led up to the rebuilding now under way, and lots of pictures. This is the railway project that everyone is talking about - check back often for developments as they happen. 

WHR (Caernarfon) Passenger Information

Phone: 01766 516000 (Porthmadog Harbour Station)
or 01286 677018 (Caernarfon Station)

The Project

Background - the basis of the Project, which WHR is which, etc.
News - latest and archive, dates for the diary, and more
Get involved - how you can play a part in the WHR Project
The route of the WHR
The Rebuilding Story - Phase1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4
Locomotives and rolling stock
The Welsh Highland Railway Society
Recommended reading and viewing
Links: WHR, Rail-related and Local information
Special Events - past and future
Email list
Desktop Trains
Virtual Welsh Highland - Train Sim Downloads
Ffestiniog Railway homepage

See also the excellent Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) site, for history of the original WHR, and the operations of the WHR Ltd at its Porthmadog site.

Twinned with the Sandstone Heritage Trust, South Africa,
and the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen, Germany.

For more information about rebuilding contact: Welsh Highland Railway Construction Ltd, Dinas Construction Office, Dinas Station, Llanwnda, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5UP, UK. Tel: (0)1286 830200. Fax: (0)1286 830630. Email:

Passenger information: Ffestiniog Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9NF, UK. Tel: (0)1766 516000. Fax: (0)1766 516005. Caernarfon Station, tel/fax: (0)1286 677018.

Webrings associated with this site

The Festiniog Railway Trust is a Registered Charity no. 239904. Space for these pages comes courtesy of the School of Modern Languages at Bangor University - a great place to study only ten miles (16 km) from the Welsh Highland. These are not official UWB pages, but are produced by Dr. Ben Fisher ( as an enthusiast resource in association with the official Ffestiniog Railway/WHR (Caernarfon) website. This site is endorsed by the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway Construction Ltd as the official site of the WHR Project; however while every effort is made to ensure accuracy, materials not indicated as FR or WHRCL copyright should not be taken as official statements. Mail with comments on what you'd like to see in these pages is welcomed, as are reports of any problems with the pages. Pictures are by the webmaster unless otherwise stated; photographs and other materials to be found in these pages may not be reproduced without the express permission of the copyright owner in question.

Authored by Ben Fisher; last updated September 5th, 2007