The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (FfWHR) are giving people the chance to drive a quarry Hunslet locomotive.

They are offering 'How Steam Locomotives Work' workshops where attendees not only get a chance to drive a quarry locomotive, but also learn how they work.

The locomotives are an inherent part of the history of North Wales where they were used in quarries.

The FfWHR is now home to several of the locos including Britomart, a Pen yr Orsedd quarry engine, Hugh Napier from Penrhyn Quarry, and Lilla who worked Cilgwyn and Penrhyn.

The workshops are led by the Railway's experienced staff and volunteers who have firsthand knowledge of maintaining and operating these impressive machines.

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They are held at the historic Boston Lodge Works in Porthmadog where engines have been built and maintained for over 160 years.

Iain Wilkinson, organiser of the workshops said: "For some people this is a chance to try first-hand what their Taid did as a job.

"The workshops are a good opportunity to learn and have an enjoyable time.

"You will get to help prepare a steam loco, see it in action behind the scenes, find out more about ‘how it works’ and then have a go at firing and driving in the yard! It’s all very friendly and relaxed.

"You may even find the railway is in your blood and join us as a volunteer."

Philip Mercer, who recently participated along with his father David Mercer said: "It was really good fun taking part.

"A real treat for Dad too, to be able to fulfil a childhood dream of getting behind the controls on the footplate."

In addition to the Locomotive Workshops, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways also offers new guided tours of the Boston Lodge Works.

Interested individuals can find more information on their website and can book in advance through their website

Visitors should note that due to the nature of the workshop site and the locomotives, they must be capable of walking across uneven surfaces and climbing up and down onto the locomotives.

The workshops and tours are for adults (16+), unless otherwise specified.