The Guardian recently listed the ten most epic train journeys in the world. Here’s the list:
1. Jungfraubahn, Switzerland
2. Dovey Junction to Pwllheli, Wales
3. Jasper to Vancouver, Canada
4. Windhoek to Swakopmund, Namibia
5. Chicago to San Francisco, USA
6. Kristinehamn to Gällivare, Sweden
7. Belgrade to Bar, Serbia & Montenegro
8. Cape Town to Johannesburg, South Africa
9. Bangkok to the River Kwai, Thailand
10. Alausi to Palmira, Ecuador
There’s exalted company we’re in! The little line that runs round the bottom of our cliff ranks with some of the most exotic (i.e. far away) places in the world.
Here’s what they had to say about it:
From the lonely request stop at Dovey Junction, the Cambrian Coast line clings to the shore of Cardigan Bay so closely it is often damaged by sea storms. Chugging for the best part of 2½ hours along one of Britain’s most scenic railway lines, trains traverse the half-mile-long, 150-year-old Barmouth bridge, which spans the Mawddach river. They then pass lovely Portmeirion on the far side of the sandy Dwyryd estuary, and offer up choice views of Harlech and Criccieth castles. • Explore Cambrian Coast rover, adult £12, child £6, family £21, arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Now if someone had the nous to couple up a big brash steam locomotive to a train on the line it would transform the entire Welsh economy overnight.