One of the winners of the Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition, funded through RSSB, has launched a tourist guide called, Big Train meets Little Train, encouraging visitors to explore Wales by train.
The guide by Great Little Trains of Wales, was launched at Kings Cross station by Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail and Paul Lewin, Director and General Manager, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, in front of one of the world’s earliest narrow gauge steam locomotives brought especially to the capital from its home in Wales at the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog.
The vast majority of heritage railways and community railways are outside London and one of the main aims of the competition was to encourage more tourists to travel to destinations beyond the capital. Approximately 10 million people a year visit a heritage railway with the sector contributing an estimated £250m to the UK economy. Community rail lines account for around 40m journeys per year and are often rural based.
The free guide features 11 world famous Great Little Trains of Wales and their routes including a selection of travellers’ tales, suggestions of where to eat and sleep plus a guide to the hidden gems to be found along the way.
For a copy of the guide go to www.bigtrainlittletrain.com