PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE The Ffestiniog Railway Company PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE The Ffestiniog Railway today announced its plans for opening the remaining sections of the Welsh Highland Railway to full public service. The Welsh Highland Railway is a £28m project to reinstate railway communication between Caernarfon and Porthmadog across the Snowdonia National Park. It has been reopened in stages, and now runs from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu on the southern slopes of Snowdon. The remaining sections of the railway from Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog Harbour have been rebuilt over the last four years. The section from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert will open on 7th April 2009 to full public service. This will be extended from Beddgelert to a temporary station at Hen Hafod (about a mile south of Nantmor) on 21st May, and to Porthmadog after the summer peak season. The Ffestiniog Railway is pleased to have been able to bring forward its proposals to open the railway through the Aberglaslyn pass (described by the National Trust as the best scenery in Britain), but regrets that the opening through to Porthmadog has had to be postponed due to delays in letting the final commissioning contracts. This contract delay has been caused by the delays in receiving payment from another party for work carried out on their behalf last year by Ffestiniog Railway on repairing flood damage alongside the Welsh Highland Railway. The railway is substantially complete throughout and will be used by test and special trains in the meantime.