The Conwy valley line - Lein Dyffryn Conwy

Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd - Page 2
(this section of track is currently disused)

56108 and 47785 on the front and back of the last train to Trawsfynydd, 'The Trawsfynydd Lament' on October 17th 1998.  The train is not far from the site of Ffestiniog station.  The weather sums up the sombre occasion.

31270 on a ballast train near Ffestiniog station on the 14th of November 1993.  

31456 pushes an inspection saloon towards Trawsfynydd, 10th February 1994.

National Power owned 59205 brings the "Roman Nose" tour through the remains of Ffestiniog station on 18th April 1998.  This station was the terminus of the original narrow gauge Festiniog & Blaenau Railway and from here to Trawsfynydd the curves are less severe.  The snow capped peak behind the train is Manod Mawr.

In 1989, as part of a plan to encourage more visitors to Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station, it was decided to extend the Conwy Valley Sunday Shuttle services to a new platform at Maentwrog Road.  This was sited on top of the disused explosives siding.  This siding was installed for the traffic from Cooke's of Penrhyndeudraeth which had used the Cambrian Coast line.  The traffic finished in the late 1980's and Cooke's works has since been demolished. 

The platform was paid for by the C.E.G.B. and the service ran for 8 weeks in the summer with the morning and afternoon Conwy Valley services extended to Maentwrog Road.  A bus connection to the power station met prospective visitors.  The service allowed locals their first chance to travel on the line since its closure to passengers in 1961.  The following year the power station option was dispensed with and trains ran to the end of the line at Trawsfynydd.  The DMU is seen complete with Sunday Shuttle headboard on the final sunday working of 1989, 10th of September.

No excuses for another view of 59205 in the sunshine of April 18th 1998, this time as it passes Maentwrog Road.  On the left is the GWR goods shed and behind the train is the siding originally used by explosives traffic.  Since closure of the line a new road bridge has been built over the railway here.  The track was removed during its construction but was then reinstated.

31304 backs the nuclear flask test train of 21st July 1993 towards the power station in the background.  This station was Maentwrog Road.  "Road" was a GWR euphemism for any station remote from the place it served - sure enough Maentwrog is about 3 miles away and 600 feet lower down.  The old station buildings are now privately occupied.  Trawsfynydd Power Station is visible above the train.  The area around Trawsfynydd was once a Roman settlement and the remains of an amphitheatre are nearby.

Class 37's Nos. 37377 and 37098 bring up the rear of the "Roman Nose" railtour on 18th April 1998 as it passes Maentwrog Road station.  

Pathfinder Tours ran a tour to Trawsfynydd on August 27th, 1994, top and tailed by a pair of Class 31's - the "Trawsfynydd Trekker".  31190 is seen here nearing Trawsfynydd, at the rear of the train was 31327.  The train was so popular that a re-run was arranged for 10th September.

31312 and 134 near the end of the line, 2nd September 1994.

Newly converted 153307 was used for clearance tests on the Conwy Valley line on April 1st 1992.  The tests included two round trips from Blaenau to Trawsfynydd.  The unit is seen here at Trawsfynydd on the first of these runs with the point lever for the flask siding on the left.

A drivers view of the end of the line at Trawsfynydd.

The terminus at Trawsfynydd with two nuclear flask wagons awaiting collection in June 1994.  There is just one point here with the track layout as a simple Y shape.  The power station is about half a mile from the railhead on the shore of the lake.  The crane was dismantled and removed in early 2005.  

The line originally continued from here to Bala and I have added further pages to this website to give an impression of the Bala line today.  Trawsfynydd translates to "between the mountains" in English.

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