Llandudno Junction was an acceptable place to be. Nice station buildings, cafe and all the facilities old men need!
Even for the short run up the valley to BF Arriva produced a decent stock in the form of a 2 car class 150.
Not over crowded, perfectly servicable and helpful chatty guard who kept asking if we had any requests.....temptation was to ask for an old Buddy Holly song but he really was intereseted in requests for stops at halts so we didn't risk it as it would have been a long walk back
Some lovely views from the train as it wended its way up to Roman Bridge....but after the tunnel all the green goes to be replaced by slate waste....interesting industrial history though.