THE first trains have run the entire length of the reopened Conwy Valley line which was extensively damaged by flooding in the Spring.

Initially the line reopened between Llandudno Junction and Llanrwst, but on Wednesday July 24 the Llanrwst to Blaenau Ffestiniog section also opened. The reopening is in time for the National Eisteddfod which will be held in Llanrwst between Friday August 2 and Saturday August 10.

Mr Ioan Jenkins, Development Director for Transport for Wales, travelled on the train last week to Llanrwst and back to ensure everything ran smoothly, said this was the first time he had travelled on the line and was struck by the beauty of the countryside.

To mark the reopening of the line a steam train will run along the line on Saturday 3 August.