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Monday, May 28, 2012

Olympic torch : Steam train ride for

The Olympic torch has taken a steam train journey courtesy of the oldest independent railway company in the world.
Crowds lined the streets of Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd to get a glimpse of the Olympic flame as it made its way through Wales.
There it was taken on a train to Porthmadog with the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands railway company, which claims to be the oldest in the world still operating trains.
Paul Lewin, general manager at the company, said: "The railway was established in 1832 to move slate from the quarries in Blaenau down to the harbour in Porthmadog, but these days it is all about the tourist business.
"In terms of events, this is very important for us. "Last year the Queen visited and I have to say that the arrangements for this event are not far short of what was needed for the royal visit.
"It is a big day for us and what is important is that it has enabled us to connect with the local community and get them involved in the Olympic torch as well."
Student Elin Owen, 18, was charged with carrying the torch from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog aboard the train.
Elin, from Llanrug, was nominated as a torch bearer because of her work teaching sports in the community.
She said it was an "amazing experience" to be carrying the Olympic flame as she studies for her A-level exams.