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Back on track

Welsh Highland Railways opened its 6km extension from Dinas to Waunfawr at the beginning of August, bringing passenger trains back to the route for the first time since 1936.

Some £33M of lottery money and matched funding has been spent on this phase, with local contractors recovering the severely overgrown track-bed from nature. Some track was lifted as long ago as 1941. Six overbridges were underpinned to provide an additional 1M of clearance for larger, more powerful steam locomotives.

The next stage, due to open in May 2002, sees the railway extended 9km to Rhyd-Ddu at the foot of Snowdon, in the Snowdonia National Park. It is proposed to complete the railway along its original route through the Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog by 2006.

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