THE special steam train which ran the length of the Conwy Valley line to celebrate its reopening and the start of the National Eisteddfod, drew crowds at every stop.

The line, which was closed in March due to extensive flooding, had just been fully reopened to the public.

The train, hauled by double headed steam locomotives Nos 48151 and 45690, ran from Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog, stopping at Llandudno Junction and North Llanrwst on the way.

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, which also runs into Blaenau Ffestiniog station, arranged an additional trip for passengers to continue their journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Tan-y-Bwlch on the historical narrow gauge railway.

Bill Kelly, route director, Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “After months of hard work to repair the flood-damaged Conwy Valley line, we are delighted to have reopened it in time for the National Eisteddfod and to be celebrating with a special steam train trip for passengers to discover and explore the beauty of this line.”

Before the event, Colin Lea, customer experience director for Transport for Wales Rail Services, said: “This is a rare opportunity to travel by steam through some of the best scenery in the UK, celebrating the return of the Conwy Valley line, it will be a trip to remember.”