Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway: Award-Winning Adventure Near Salop Caravan Parks

January 2024

If you’re seeking an unforgettable adventure beyond the comfort of your caravan, look no further than the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. Not only does this historic railway offer breathtaking journeys through Snowdonia’s heart, but it’s also celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the upcoming Heritage Railway Association (HRA) 2024 Annual Awards!

Steaming Into the Shortlist

Experience the excitement of watching this magnificent steam locomotive climb rugged mountains and pass charming villages. That’s what awaits at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, especially aboard their newest double Fairlie, aptly named James Spooner. This engineering feat has been shortlisted for the Coiley Award for Steam Locomotive Engineering – a testament to the skill and dedication of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’s Boston Lodge Works team.

James Spooner isn’t just a locomotive; it’s a look into a bygone era. Built as a tribute to the original 1872 engine, it boasts iconic Victorian-era features like boiler-mounted bells, stovepipe chimneys, and an open cab. This meticulous attention to detail makes every ride a journey through time, offering not just stunning scenery but also a fascinating glimpse into railway history.

A Rising Star Shines

The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’s accolades extend beyond its rolling stock to its talented personnel. Osian Hughes, the railway’s marketing lead, has been shortlisted for the HRA Award for Rising Stars. Since joining the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway in 2020, Osian has made a remarkable impact, transforming the railway’s business model with his positive attitude, problem-solving prowess, and deep understanding of the industry.

Osian Hughes | Salop Caravan Sites

But Osian’s dedication goes beyond the numbers. He’s a passionate advocate for the Welsh language and community, spearheading initiatives like the railway’s involvement in the Great Little Trains of Wales and Wales on Rails projects. His recent organisation of a Welsh-language exhibit at the National Eisteddfod, staffed by Welsh-speaking volunteers, exemplifies his commitment to promoting the language and culture.

Located Near Wales’s Best Caravan Parks

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway is conveniently located close to our Llandanwg Holiday Park, Min-Y-Don Holiday Park and Castle View Holiday Park. Make the most of your Wales adventure by experiencing this award-winning heritage railway first-hand. Whether you’re a history hunter, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a unique family outing, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway promises an unforgettable experience.

The winners of the 2024 HRA Awards will be announced on February 10th in Brighton. Regardless of the outcome, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’s shortlisting is a testament to its exceptional achievements and commitment to providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors like you.

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