A Ride on the Fairbourne Steam Railway
Miss M has been on many train journeys but no steam train rides so she was very excited when we showed her the Fairbourne Steam Railway!
To be fair to her, me and Mr M were pretty excited too!
We waited for a day when there was no rain forecast (because sitting on an open air train seat in the rain would be no fun) and headed to Fairbourne Steam Railway.
The train runs from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, connecting with the ferry to Barmouth and has done so for over 100 years. It started as a two foot gauge horse-drawn tramway which was then converted to a 15 inch gauge railway in 1916. The line in 1984 was completely re built to a 12.25 inch gauge.
While we were riding the train, all I could think of was Grandpa Pig’s ‘Miniature Locomotive!’ episode – Peppa Pig fans might know what I mean by that!
It runs 4 times daily and we got the last return journey at 3.30pm.
Mini and Miss M rode for free, which was good news considering it cost me and Mr M £9.50 each – a bit steep! Bearing in mind the journey is only 20 minutes each way, I thought that was really pricy.
That said, it was so much fun and Miss M loved it! Mini slept for the way there and howled on the way back.
The view from the train was so beautiful as it looked right over the sea and into Barmouth. We stopped at the end of the journey to take some pictures and stretch our legs before reboarding after about 15 minutes for the journey back.
The train does pass through a tunnel each way and despite it only being for a few seconds, I’m a big baby and scared of the dark so I didn’t like that bit. I’m trying not to pass my silly fears on to my children though so attempted to ‘look brave’! It was literally for a few seconds, I’m a bit pathetic.
We had a lovely journey and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone at any age if you’re every passing through Fairbourne. Although it costs a bit, you can keep your ticket and ride the train again for free within a year which makes it a bit more worthwhile.
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