Heritage Railway Association


Friday/Saturday/Sunday – September 13/14/15 2019

Enjoy a Fabulous Weekend Tour by the Glorious North Wales Coast  

The 2019 HRA Autumn Weekend - Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September

Experience the magic of Portmeirion … Take a steam train into the foothills of Snowdonia … And delve behind the scenes of a Welsh narrow gauge railway!

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 Your Itinerary

Friday 13th September – Late Afternoon (4pm)

Tour of Boston Lodge works

Visit the engineering heart of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways!

Not normally available to visitors, this is a great opportunity to tour the FR and WHR loco and carriage works, and see latest progress with their multi-million pound development and expansion programme.

This visit is an optional extra to the Weekend Tour and is available for up to 40 people.

Please Note: You will need to make your own way there by car and park in the Boston Lodge works car park, in time for the tour to commence at 4pm. The tour will last approximately two hours so you may wish to have checked-in to your hotel/accommodation before heading to Boston Lodge. There is no additional fee, but it will be appreciated if attendees make a voluntary donation to the Railway.

Please let us know know if you wish to attend by clicking the box below, filling in your name and number in your party, and pressing the “Submit” button. If you decide at a later date to go on the Boston Lodge trip you can return to this page and check the box.

Friday 13th September - Evening

An evening visit to the iconic Welsh village of Portmeirion

Town Hall & Angel May 2017.jpg

With its stunning setting, architectural heritage and sub-tropical gardens, Portmeirion is now one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions.

Depart from Criccieth and Porthmadog at 6.30 to arrive at Portmeirion for 7pm, where you’ll enjoy a buffet supper in the Town Hall with a bar and access to the site for those who wish to take a stroll around the buildings. (There is access for the less able via the café and steps for everybody else.) Transport to/from the car park to the town hall will be available if needed.

Return coach will depart at 10pm.

Saturday 14th September - Daytime:

Steam through the charming Fathew Valley in Snowdonia National Park on the historic Talyllyn Railway

Your coach will pick up from Criccieth and Porthmadog, to arrive at Tywyn in time for a special 10am charter train to Abergynolwyn, stopping at stations along the way for tours, plus a buffet lunch, tea and coffee. Return departure time will be at around 3/3.30 to return to Criccieth and Porthmadog.

Saturday 14th September – Evening

Dinner at Spooner’s Grill Café & Bar at Porthmadog Station

Your coach will pick up at around 6.30pm heading to Spooner’s at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway’s Porthmadog Station.

Named after James Spooner, the commissioning engineer for the original Ffestiniog Railway, much of Spooner’s is housed in the former station goods shed.

Return coach will depart at around 10pm.

Sunday 15th September - MORNING:

A ‘Journey’ on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

Coaches will pick up again from the same places at around 9.30am to head to the Welsh Highland Railway Museum.

Arriving at 10am we’ll take a steam train ride, visit the museum and sheds, and enjoy a ride on the miniature railway, all followed by a ‘farewell’ buffet lunch to conclude our 2019 Autumn Weekend.

You will be very welcome to remain at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway for the afternoon and make your way home from there if you wish. A facility for luggage will be at our disposal for anyone wishing to leave it there.

Sunday 15th September – Afternoon

Optional Extra! - A trip on the Ffestiniog Railway

For those wishing to take in one more railway visit before the end of the weekend, you may wish to note that the Ffestiniog Railway has trains scheduled to depart from Porthmadog at 13.35 and 15.50.

These are not included in the Tour but, for those holding HRA InterRail passes, tickets are available at the PRIV rate of 50% discount (half price tickets) and attendees can pre-book themselves direct with the Ffestiniog Railway or show their HRA passes at the booking office on the day. 

Your ‘TOUR Ticket’

Your Autumn Weekend Tour Ticket is just £150 (+ VAT)

This covers lunches and evening meals, entrance and tickets to the Talyllyn and Welsh Highland Heritage Railways, and all coach transfers.


Where to Stay

Please note: Accommodation is not included in the tour pricing and you will need to organise your own accommodation.

There are many hotels and B&Bs in both Criccieth and Porthmadog, including:

 ·      The Lion, George IV and Caerwyan in Criccieth

·      The Queens Hotel, Royal Sportsman, Tudor Lodge and Travelodge in Porthmadog