Bug on my Train Window

On Monday I went for a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a railway that was originally for transporting slate down from the mountains to the Welsh coast. Now it mostly carries tourists the other way, from Porthmadog up to Blaenau Ffestiniog and back. Slate is still mined at Blaenau Ffestiniog–I brought a piece back–and the village is surrounded by mountains with their innards showing, covered in little pieces of dumped slate.


While they were moving the locomotive from one end of the train to the other at the station in Blaenau Ffestiniog, this bug found its way into our carriage. I took the opportunity of a stop partway down to take its picture. Hello, bug! It’s a fly of some sort. Doesn’t it have pretty wings?

Also in this picture: the steam locomotive David Lloyd George, built in 1992. Lloyd George was a local boy–he represented Carnarvon, which is a half-hour drive or three-hour steam train ride north of Porthmadog–and was prime minister during the First World War.

Photo: me

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