Rolling back the years: a nostalgic railway cottage in Wales

The Landmark Trust’s latest restoration offers the chance to journey by steam train to an isolated Snowdonia cottage with a curious history – and its own request stop

The driver is standing beside the locomotive, which sighs gently. Steam pothers from a brass pipe. “We’ll put you in the first carriage,” he tells us. “Then you can get down at Coed y Bleiddiau.”

We head into a fine saloon car, its seats deeply cushioned and buttoned, everything polished and painted in smart livery. My mother (84) perks up. “Our first holidays were always by train.”

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