‘ A wise High Court Judge secured the preservation of a railway, rather than the creation of an albeit saintly long-distance footpath, says Dr Stephen Murfitt in his prizewinning essay, “The Saints’ Way: a failed mission – Ffordd y Saint”. In the essay, Stephen Murfitt explores the history of negotiation and manoeuvring behind the original failure of the Welsh Highland Railway and its subsequent resurrection. Mr Justice Vinelott’s decision proved to be a significant milestone in the Welsh Highland’s one hundred years of history and is now accorded the recognition it deserves.
‘The Centenary Research Competition, held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the WHR from Dinas to Porthmadog in 1923 was sponsored by Mortons Media, publisher of Heritage Railway and its sister title The Railway Magazine. Both publications have over many years, played an important role in reporting on the story of the Welsh Highland and its predecessors.’