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Going back in time on the Ffestiniog railway

The official introduction of passenger trains on the Ffestiniog railway was in 1865 Photo: ITV News Wales

Children in North Wales are being given the opportunity to learn about the old fashioned form of steam travel.

During this week around fifty local children have been working on steam engines, carriages and wagons as part of workshops taking place at Boston Lodge in Penrhyn Isa, Porthmadog.

The workshops which have been running since 2007 give children the chance to learn the ropes and find out more about this traditional form of transport.

Many of those attending the Summer workshops return year after year and many go on to work as volunteers for the railway, which is the oldest independent railway in the world.

The Ffestiniog railway is the oldest independent railway in the world Credit: ITV News Wales

The Ffestiniog railway has given local people a form of transport since 1865 and stretches for thirteen and a half miles **from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.