Porthmadog cross town link

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The tramlines laid across the main road through Porthmadog towards the Ffestiniog Railway's Harbour station
A small bridge being reconstructed for the track to be laid

The Porthmadog cross town link is a section of the 1 ft 11 12 in (597 mm) narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway, specifically built to link with the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog,[1] and runs along partly what was called the Junction Railway,[2] previously existing as part of the original Welsh Highland Railway. This had been removed some time after that railway closed in 1936.

It has been built using the new powers obtained by the Ffestiniog Railway and runs from Harbour station on the Ffestiniog Railway to Pen-y-Mount Junction close to Pen-y-Mount on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway.

The route is as follows:[3][4]

For reference, the Junction Railway was empowered to run:

The line reopened on 8 January 2011,[6] linking the Ffestiniog Railway with the Croesor Tramway allowing passenger trains to run between Caernarfon and Blaenau Ffestiniog.


  1. ^ "Construction Map South" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "1923 Operating Instructions". 
  3. ^ "Official website of the Welsh Highland Railway Project". 
  4. ^ "Pont Croesor Extension - Pen-y-Mount Station". 
  5. ^ Bateman, David; Pigott, Nick (October 2008). "WHR 'mission impossible' is accomplished". The Railway Magazine. 154 (1,290): 34–35. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  6. ^ "Ffestiniog Railway: Be the first to experience the completed Welsh Highland!". Retrieved 19 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Pont Croesor   Ffestiniog Railway
Porthmadog cross town link
  Porthmadog Harbour

Coordinates: 52°55′27″N 4°07′35″W / 52.9242°N 4.1263°W / 52.9242; -4.1263