A Journey on The Ffestiniog Railway DVD

Total running time approx. 76 mins.

The Ffestiniog Railway is a steam operated narrow gauge railway running more than 13 miles from the beautiful harbour town of Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog thorugh the picturesque mountain scenery of North Wales. You'll enjoy breathtaking views as the line climbs 700 feet from sea level, often clinging to the edge of the hillside above precipitous drops as it passes through the Snowdonia National Park past the slate mines which made this area so prosperous in the 19th century.

The railway was built to transport the slate from high in the mountains to the harbour at Porthmadog for export, and its success was largely due to the Double Fairlie steam locomotive, an innovative design which was perfect for this steep line with its tight turns.

Four High Definition cameras are mounted on Merddin Emrys, one of the last surviving examples of a Double Fairlie, to show you the best of the action, including a perfect view of the watering operation at Tan y Bwlch.

The full, informative commentary explains what's happening along the way, pointing out the sights, telling the history of the line's construction, and how a group of dedicated enthusiasts refused to give up on their task of bringing the Ffestiniog back to life. We'll see the 60 feet high Cae Mawr, a magnificent dry-stone wall built to carry the track across a ravine; the mile long Cob which takes the railway over the sands of the Traeth Mawr; and The Deviation where the line is re-routed to by-pass the original trackbed flooded by a hydro-electric scheme.

A Journey on the Ffestiniog Railway is a stunning piece of television. Produced by our award winning team, it explains in words and images why the Ffestiniog Railway is one of the most important narrow gauge steam lines in Britain, and pays tribute, not only to the work of those who persevered to bring it back into existence, but also to the workers and volunteers who continue to keep it alive.

Choose High Definition Blu-Ray for the crispest experience, or order the DVD and benefit from the improved quality of the High Definition cameras and our all-digital production suite. Then sit back and relax, and enjoy a cab ride from sea level at Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog 700 feet up the Welsh mountains.

free bonus extra

As a special bonus extra, we've re-interpreted the famous 1952 BBC film of London to Brighton to bring you Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog in four minutes, viewed from the ideal spot on the locomotive. It gives a superb condensed view of the journey, and is the perfect way to enjoy a snapshot of the Ffestiniog Railway from end to end.