In the C19th Blaenau Ffestiniog was one of the major slate producing areas in North Wales, producing high quality slates which were exported across the world. During the interwar years, slate was replaced by mass produced tiles or cheaper slate from Spain.
Now all the quarries have closed apart from a small bit of quarrying. Now the only reminders of this once great industry are the massive piles of quarry waste dominating the town and the old inclines bringing the slate down from the hills to the Ffestiniog railway.
These pictures were taken on a trip to the Ffestiniog Railway in October 2019. They are part of a series of reviews and pictures from that trip.