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Star Picture

This northerly view 14/4/14 shows No.138 drifting down towards Beddgelert Forest Campsite at 1116. Most of the services leading up to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend were hauled by Nos. 87/143 so this was a relatively rare outing for the red Garratt. The train was due to depart Beddgelert at 1125. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Kodak DX6490 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Welcome to Version 4 of this website, launched on September 8 2004 with news about work on Phase 4 of the WHR scheme. In addition to this Stop Press page and a Phase 1/2 page, there are 9 location pages, covering the Phase 3 works between Waunfawr and Rhyd Ddu. There are a further 9 pages covering Phase 4, the full route through Beddgelert, the Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog, including the Traeth Mawr to Pen-y-Mount works recently constructed by the WHHR with three regularly updated map links for this area by Laurence Armstrong.

Finally, there are pages covering 'Phase 5', Views from the Line, the history of the abandoned PBSSR works around Beddgelert, Archived News and a Contacts page for volunteers. Another page covers the current operation of the WHHR southwest from Pen-y-Mount.

 

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The above OS map shows the route through the Aberglaslyn Pass and Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge. Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Click here to use the free OS Get-a-map service.

Route section pages

Listed below are links to pages featuring progress on different sections of the line or archive views. Jump ahead to News section or follow the section links from page to page. Please note that access to the links below was restored on 2/9/04 at the new website www.isengard.co.uk

 

Phase 4 pages

Rhyd Ddu to Pont Cae'r Gors (updated 29/6/06)

Pont Cae'r Gors to Hafod Ruffydd Halt (new 8/10/06)

Hafod Ruffydd Halt to Beddgelert Forest Halt (updated 4/12/06)

Beddgelert Forest Halt to Beddgelert Station (updated 1/7/07)

Beddgelert Station Area (updated 30/6/07)

Beddgelert Station to Bryn-y-felin (updated 1/7/07)

Aberglaslyn Pass (updated 2/7/07)

Nantmor to Pont Croesor (updated 16/7/07)

Pont Croesor to Pen-y-Mount (updated 1/4/07)

WHR (Porthmadog) (updated 1/4/07)

Porthmadog Cross Town Link (updated1/4/07)

 

Other pages

'Phase 6' page (new 2/4/06)

Views from the Line Page (updated 26/2/05)

PBSSR Works Historical Page (updated 25/3/05)

Rhyd Ddu Opening Page (New 14/2/04)

Archived News Page (updated 2/5/17)

Snow Scenes (updated 31/10/15)

Rolling Stock News Page (updated 28/12/04)

Phase 4 News Page (updated 3/3/05)

Volunteer Contact details page (updated 18/5/16)

Phase 2 and 3 page list (updated 27/8/08)

Video list (new 9/11/15)

Access to Phase 2 pages is currently being progressed.

 

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Disclaimer

There has never been any intent by myself to suggest that the views on these pages represent the views, opinions or policy of the FR, the WHRCL or the WHRS.

I am happy to confirm that this is an INDEPENDENT web news service.

 

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News Section

WHR timetables

Click here for Laurence Armstrong's latest WHR North map dated 5/11/07

Click here for Laurence Armstrong's latest WHR Middle map dated 14/3/10

Click here for Laurence Armstrong's latest WHR South map dated 14/3/10

Click here for Mike Schumann's Phase 4 TWA maps courtesy of Steve Harris/WHRS

Click here for John Sreeves Gradient profile courtesy of Steve Harris/WHRS

Click here for Chainages and OS Map Reference

 

Russell in the 40s

This northerly view shows Russell (cut down for operation on the FR) shunting at Fayle's Tramway possibly in the late 1940s?. Russell was running as an 0-6-2T on Fayle’s Tramway at Corfe Castle, with the pony truck removed to prevent derailments. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren scanned from a negative he purchased. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Beddgelert Forest Campsite change

Changes at Beddgelert Forest Campsite might reduce traffic on the WHR. Reports on the BBC website and Daily Post reveal that SNPA has granted permission to slash touring caravan pitches and replace with 16 single story wooden chalets. This will inevitably reduce the number of tourists using the site.

 

Beer Festival 19-21/5/17

The 13th Annual Beer Festival was successful (see Daily Post report) with additional shuttle trains between Caernarfon and Waunfawr. There were 6 steam hauled shuttles from Caernarfon to Dinas/Waunfawr during the day with 4 diesel hauled shuttles in the evening on both Friday and Saturday with the last arriving back at Caernarfon after midnight! On Sunday there were four diesel hauled shuttles from Caernarfon to Dinas/Waunfawr. The Cwellyn Arms at Rhyd Ddu was again not involved in the event but several pubs in Caernarfon were.

 

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 17 mins 27 seconds of video detailing the Beer Festival, published 22/5/17. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

 

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 5 mins 25 seconds of video detailing the Beer Festival, published 23/5/17. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

This northerly view (20/5/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog on the Waunfawr shuttle. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on digital camera taken. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (21/5/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog returning the Waunfawr shuttle stock to Boston Lodge at the end of the Gala, crossing the Afon Gwyrfai at Plas-y-nant. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on digital camera taken. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (21/5/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog returning the Waunfawr shuttle stock to Boston Lodge at the end of the Gala, climbing from Caeau Gwynion towards Snowdon Ranger. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on digital camera taken. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (21/5/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog returning the Waunfawr shuttle stock to Boston Lodge at the end of the Gala, arriving at Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on digital camera taken. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Palmerston returns from Liverpool 15/5/17

Palmerston is now home from its week of offering trips at Albert Dock Liverpool. A video is available on the F&WHR Facebook page.

 

Fairlie book

David Payling advises: There is a new volunteer written book published by the F&WHR on the Fairlies. The book may be of interest to readers of this website as it includes chapters on the three NWNGR Fairlies as well as those of the FR and other railways.

 

Aerial Views 9-11/5/17

This easterly aerial view (9/5/17) shows the first trains of the day passing at Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/5/17) shows the first FR train of the day passing Boston Lodge with David Lloyd George in charge. Two WHR coaches are receiving attention and the KMX tamper and WHR B wagons can be seen loaded with coal. Merddin Emrys is being prepared for duty later in the day. The large pile of stone on the top right is stored ready widening the land onto the foreshore for the new Carriage shed that will be built adjacent to the existing Carriage Shed. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (11/5/17) shows the first train of the day heading north over Snowdon Street towards Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/5/17) shows the first train of the day heading south over Pont Croesor towards Porthmadog. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Back on line 17/5/17

After a few technical problems the F&WHR ticketing service and webshop were back on line on 17/5/17.

 

Blast from the past

This northerly view shows Russell (cut down for operation on the FR) arriving at Rhyd Ddu in 1936. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Ian Bristow and has been scanned from a negative. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Moving Pictures No.6 18/5/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 22 mins 37 seconds of video detailing the recent news from May, published 18/5/17. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

Coach No.1001 progress

Martin Kressman reports: The grit blasting contractor returned to Dinas on 18/5/17 while volunteers were helping to set up the Rail Ale Festival, in order to complete the work that had to be abandoned last Friday. The primer coat of paint is now ready to be applied as well as some work on the external bodywork in preparation for painting in the future.

 

Loco mileages 2016

The loco mileages for 2016 were as follows:

No.87                      9,135

No.143                    8,633

No.138                    7,902

Caernarfon Castle     655 (mostly PW trains)

 

BF&TR update

Work starts next weekend on restoring the Maentwrog road Goods Shed. See Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway Website for full details.

 

More aerial views 7-9/5/17

This northerly aerial view (7/5/17) shows No.87 heading south over Bryn-y-felin bridge with the second train of the day. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (7/5/17) shows No.87 on the ash pit with the new layout of Boston Lodge clearly visible. The new Carriage Shed will be built to the right when permission has been received to extend onto the foreshore. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (9/5/17) shows No.87 briefly heading south as it threads the Cwmcloch S bends before resuming its northbound direction towards Caernarfon. The train will shortly use the section of track on the upper right. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Q&CII taster YouTube 15/5/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 3 min 11 seconds of video (with a weird soundtrack!) detailing the recent Q&CII Gala from 28/4-1/5/17, published 15/5/17. This taster gives an idea of the main programme which will be on sale soon and is 1 hour 25 mins long. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

More Aerial views 7-9/5/17

This northerly aerial view (7/5/17) shows a general view of the Traeth Mawr area north of Porthmadog Football club with the bypass in the foreground and the WHR/WHHR in the top left. A Sunday morning car boot sale in underway. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (9/5/17) shows the second train of the day from Caernarfon heading south through the Aberglaslyn Pass. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Dinas news 16/5/17

On Sunday 14/5/17 new WHRS funded saloon No.2047 and converted No.2091 (ex No.2041) entered passenger service for the first time. E-Set was shunted and reformed at Porthmadog in the morning before the 1045 departure and F-Set during the two hour layover. No.2060 was removed from F-Set and original WHR lock up coach No.23 was also shunted out. Three FR coaches are still in use (see set lists below).

The sets are currently:

E-Set: Nos.24/122/2021/2091/2047/2044/2040/2043/2010/2100.

F-Set: Nos.113/116/2022/2090/2046/2042/2045/2011/2115.

Martin Kressman adds: The contractor started work on grit blasting the mess coach No.1001 last Friday (12/5/17). Unfortunately, the onset of rain brought the work to a premature end. The contractor will return at a later date. No.2060, the ex-Romanian coach, has been taken out of service. I have noticed that many of the double glazed units are misted up (it has gone for attention in Boston Lodge Carriage Works-Ed).

 

East Anglian Group meeting 18/5/17

Stephen Sullivan reports: Our next meeting takes place this coming Thursday 18/5/17. We welcome David Colenutt, who will be talking to us about "Corsican and Sardinian Narrow Gauge”. This will be our last meeting before the traditional Summer break, during which we will however be visiting Statfold Barn (10/6/17) and Old North Road Station on the Cambridge-Sandy line (10/9/17). Please enquire if you have not received details about these visits and would like to join us.

On 18/5/17 we meet at the Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH. We meet up any time after 6-6.30pm and an evening meal is available in the restaurant or bar. Prices are reasonable. The meetings are usually held in the Function Rooms, accessed from the car park at the rear of the pub, and start around 8pm with a halfway break for coffee (£1.20 per person). We finish around 10pm. There is a charge of £2 per meeting for Group members, £3 for non-members.

Fulbourn is easily accessible from the A14/M11 corridors and is served by Stagecoach bus Citi 1 (This bus runs every 30 minutes until 23.45, via Cambridge railway station where it arrives at 00.17) Car parking can be busy but there is space available on Church Lane, a 3-5 minute walk to the pub.

 

Aerial views of Caernarfon 10/5/17

This easterly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station area with the Harbour in the foreground. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station area with a new trench excavated across the station site parallel with the road with a blue pipe showing, presumably a water main. The 10:00 departure can be seen in the station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the Caernarfon station the 10:00 departure can be seen in the station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the Caernarfon Castle and the area north of the station. The new roundabout does not have its centre marked out yet. The former BR rail tunnel is on the right. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This vertical aerial view with north to the left (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station site with the trench, presumably for the new water main shown. Two disabled parking places are allocated to Harbour car park nearest to the future station entrance. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This vertical aerial  view with west to the left (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station site with the trench, presumably for the new water main shown. Two disabled parking places are allocated to Harbour car park nearest to the future station entrance. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This vertical aerial view with north to the left (10/5/17) shows a close up of the new Caernarfon station roundabout with the former BR tunnel to the right. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon Food Festival special 13/5/17

An addition 0940 from Porthmadog and 1730 from Caernarfon operates on 13/5/17 in conjunction with the Caernarfon Food Festival.

 

SuperPower visitor cancelled

SuperPower on the later weekend of 16-17/9/17 is without a theme this year. A steam visitor has had to be cancelled leading to speculation it was Russell, a VoR loco or even the new L&BR Baldwin No.762 Lyn, due to be test steamed at Keef's on 8/7/17.

 

Titbits Spring 2017

In 2008 the F&WHR purchased a number of redundant token machines from IE (Irish Railways). The WHR is looking for volunteers to refurbish them so they can be used in conjunction with Roland Doyle's Micro-ETS system which has been operating in parallel on test at Pont Croesor.

Tryfan Junction is getting new fences in the style recently fitted at Dinas, Snowdon Ranger, Nantmor and the entrance to Waunfawr. Fencing at Beddgelert awaits a definitive station buildings plan but Rhyd Ddu and Pont Croesor will need long fences so sponsorship at £110 per 2.4m panel is urgently being sought by the WHRS.

Funding is nearing completion for the £170,000 cost of the second Observation Car to be named Gwyrfai but donations are still being sought. The frame for this may be constructed at Dinas as the frame for the new FR Observation Car No.152 has now left the works for Boston Lodge.

A volunteer station master is being sought for Caernarfon to ensure everyone catches the 10:00.

 

New Railtour operator

A new railtour operator will be competing for excursion traffic of the North Wales Coast and The Marches routes from Chester and Shrewsbury and Crewe soon. Loco Services of Crewe has submitted an application for a licence to become a TOC. The company is owned by steam enthusiast millionaire Jeremy Hosking who owns several steam locos and has purchased the former Crewe Diesel Depot site. Provisional arrangements are in place to operate railtours later this year using a rake of 10 refurbished carriages. LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot has been allocated the duty.

In recent years there has been a decline in railtours to the North Wales Coast and those to the Cambrian Coast have died out following NR's breaking its pledge to provide a mobile ERTMS unit and requiring all trains to be headed by ERTMS fitted Class 37s.

 

Russell 4/5/17

This northerly view (4/5/17) shows Russell departing Pen-y-Mount with the gorse in full bloom. The WHR and WHHR run parallel in this area north of the bypass bridge with the WHR behind Russell. Many are still wondering when, if ever, Russell will be allowed to run on the F&WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy WHHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Chuquitanta 1/5/17

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle with the Davenport built Ryam Sugar Company No.1 just after crossing Cae Pawb NR crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle lead by The Goose waiting at Pont Croesor for the service train to pass. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (1/5/17) compares Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle with the WHR's No.87 as they cross at Pont Croesor loop. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (1/5/17) shows Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle ready to return at Hafod-y-llyn. Passengers had de-trained and were waiting on the platform. For some reason the shuttle did not use the platform road. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

BF&TR moves forward 11/5/17

Colin Dale has advised of projected developments at Maentwrog Road yard which is set to become the operational base of the Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway.

The clearance of the yard is 75% complete and then volunteers will push on to Trawsfynydd Lake Halt, clearing the jungle caused by 30 years of BR/Railtrack/NR neglect. They will be including the space for a terminus station at the site of the halt, which might be temporary if the railway pushes onto Trawsfynydd and even, according to the long term hopes of some, to Cwm Prysor summit.

 

More Q&C2 images

This northerly view (28/4/17) shows Diana on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle just after crossing Snowdon Street and passing the derelict Snowdon Mill. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (29/4/17) shows Davenport on the S&T train returning from Hafod-y-llyn approaching Snowdon Street level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/4/17) shows the French speeder Rail Runner heading north to Pont Croesor and passing the more southerly of the two Telly Tubby bridges just north of the short lived Traeth Mawr loop. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/4/17) shows Moelwyn heading south on the rear of the returning Hafod-y-llyn shuttle with Palmerston on the front passing the more southerly of the two Telly Tubby bridges just north of the short lived Traeth Mawr loop. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/4/17) shows the French speeder Rail Runner returning from Pont Croesor and passing the more southerly of the two Telly Tubby bridges in better weather with a panoramic view of the Aberglaslyn Pass and Snowdon in the distance. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/4/17) shows the Davenport built Ryam Sugar Company No.1 preparing to haul single ended DMU The Goose back from Hafod-y-llyn. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/4/17) shows Statfold Barn built replica of The Goose (which operated on the Rio Grande Southern 3' gauge lines in Colorado, USA) preparing to return from Hafod-y-llyn. Passengers are standing on the little used platform at this location. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy Dave Waldren and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

KS4415 update 5/5/17

There was good progress with the restoration of the unique Kerr Stuart shunter over the last month and the frames were on display at the Q&C2 Boston Lodge open day. The shunter is famous for being demonstrated on the F&WHR in 1928-29.

At the end of March new bearings arrived for the starting gear and work continued on the brake gear. a bronze ring was turned up to act as a spacer for the thrust bearing as the group was not able to obtain one of the same thickness as the original.

In early April all the new brake pins were made and the brake gear was nearing completion with just the brake blocks to drill. The grit blasting contractor was also on site at Boston Lodge to clean up a load of components ready for the next stages of work. After blast cleaning volunteers gave everything a thick coat of MIO guard paint to protect it until they have time to work on them.

By early May, one of the KS4415 group's volunteers had designed a new dragbox arrangement for No.4415 based on the F&WHR standard coupler. It had to be modified to fit in the restricted space available between the bufferbeam and gearbox at the front of the loco and the narrow gap between the frame stretchers at the rear. Over our last two working sessions we have started making the dragboxes. Volunteers intend to finish these before they put the frames back on the wheels, so that proper couplings can be fitted and the loco will be easy to move about. A doubling plate was riveted to the inside of the buffer beam to strengthen it and a hole cut with a plasma torch then angle iron was riveted to support the drag box. See KS4415 Facebook page for images of progress.

 

Q&C2 YouTube

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 16 min 10 seconds of video detailing recent Q&C2 Gala from 28/4-1/5/17, published 6/5/17. The video has been produced by Dave & Tom Waldren (Cutting Edge video). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

No.130 update 6/5/17

All six driving wheels were back at Dinas by 6/5/17 along with the driver's seat. By 30/4/17 a test rig was busy testing the Garratt's lubrication non-return valves and Wakefield splitter. Progress has been made with welding up the inner firebox which was nearing completion at the end of April.

 

Palmerston at Liverpool Albert Dock 5-14/5/17

Although the Steam at Albert Dock Liverpool event is only on 6-7/5/17, Palmerston will be staying for an extended period covering two weekends. The loco will be offering short rides along a section of track on the quayside. The loco will run on Hartley Quay outside the Maritime Museum.

 

This easterly view (5/5/17) shows Palmerston at the Albert Dock, Liverpool ready for passenger service from 6/5/17-14/5/17. Clearly Liverpool was enjoying better weather than much of the UK since Easter! Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (5/5/17) shows Palmerston at the Albert Dock, Liverpool with coaches Bugboxes Nos.1/12 both with roof destination boards advertising the F&WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

WalesRail news 27/4/17

The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) has revealed the priorities for new stations in Wales and Caernarfon does not appear on the list. Instead, North Wales might see new stations at Llangefni (requiring reopening a section of the Amlwch branch from Gaerwen Junction-see Daily Post report), Deeside Industrial Park/Northern Gateway, North Wrexham, South Wrexham and Bow Street near Aberystwyth. See BBC website.

Elsewhere, the 5.5 mile Saltney-Rossett re-doubling, between Chester and Wrexham, was finally opened on 1/4/17 more than a year after completion of the tracklaying. The delay was down to replacing signalling cables which were found to be deficient for operation of the upgraded level crossings. This section is mostly in England but was funded by WAG, who have expressed further interest in improving punctuality by redoubling more of the line. NR claims that it is too expensive to redouble the remaining 5 miles in Wrexham as singling (without a though for potential future growth!) some 20 years ago to make the A483 Wrexham to Chester dual carriageway cheaper to build has left two expensive new bridges to construct if redoubling is completed between Rossett and Wrexham. Some thought might be given to using the Wrexham-Shotton line and reinstating the Shotton High Level-Connah's Quay chord, which was closed in the 1960s, but this would then cause North Wales-South Wales trains miss out Chester, an important destination for many passengers on the North Wales Coast line and on the Marches route through Shrewsbury.

While responsibility for the rail network will not be devolved to WAG, the Wales & the Borders Franchise (WalesRail) could be responsible for rolling stock procurement by the end of 2017. Only 25% of existing rolling stock is compliant for new disabled access regulations that come into force in 2020 and Porterbrook is unwilling to modify the 72 Class 150s unless long term leases can be arranged. WalesRail is considering the Class 230, the ex-LT D Trains from Vivarail and will also look at Class 319 Flex bi-modes and London Midland's Class 323s which could be retrofitted with diesel engines. Strangely WalesRail does not seem to be looking at the Class 68/Mk5 loco-hauled option being purchased by Northern. As these coaches are currently in production it could be a relatively cheap solution to have an add on order at the end of that production run, now well underway. This quality loco-hauled option would suit the North Wales-Manchester/Cardiff/Birmingham services as well as the Manchester-Cardiff services rather than the overcrowded Class 158s used on most of these services.

 

Break in at Caernarfon 3/5/17

The Daily Post features a story about a break in at Caernarfon station overnight on 3-4/5/17. Thieves caused a lot of damage and stole thousands of pounds of money made during the Bank Holiday weekend. Paul Lewin states that money will no longer be stored at Caernarfon.

 

Q&C2 report 1/5/17

Here are a collection of images from the final day of the Quirks and Curiosities 2 Gala. No images from north of Pont Croesor have come to hand. They would be very welcome for publication.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Diana being prepared for the final day of QnC2 at the rear of Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows The Goose with Ryam Sugar Company No.1 coupled on the rear, heading towards Hafod-y-llyn as it eases out onto the tramway section across Britannia Bridge on the last day of the event. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Britomart being prepared for the final day of QnC2 at the rear of Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Steamplex, a loco that was not caught in the camera during Q&C2. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Blanche disassembled for boiler overhaul. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows the cavalcade of Q&C2 locos leaving Porthmadog Harbour station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

BF&TR reached target 1/5/17

The Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway reached its target of £5000 on 1/5/17 with  18 days to spare. The sum raised so far is £5,082 from 60 supporters for a chipper to clear the line. The society hopes that Crowdfunding donations will come in over the next few weeks to enable it to buy additional tools.

 

Q&C2 report 30/4/17

This westerly view (30/4/17) shows Palmerston arriving on a shuttle from Hafod-y-llyn on the through road at Porthmadog Harbour station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/4/17) shows Rail Runner crossing Britannia Bridge with its French crew from Le Petit Train de la Haute Somme in northern France. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/4/17) shows Davenport  hauling The Goose back across Britannia Bridge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/4/17) shows Palmerston on a shuttle rake at Pont Croesor with the WW1 speeder alongside. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Patrick Collins and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/4/17) shows Moelwyn on the rear of Palmerston's shuttle rake at Pont Croesor. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Patrick Collins and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (30/4/17) shows the French speeder being rotated at Pont Croesor. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Patrick Collins and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (30/4/17) shows this unusual 'loco' Panther Wagon which consists of a motorbike connected to a skip frame being rotated as the motorbike has no reverse gear! The skip is labelled 'Tan-y-bwlch-Dduallt-Tan-y-grisiau', a replica of a vehicle built by Deviationists from Bolton School to help them get to Deviation worksites in the 1960s. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Patrick Collins and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/4/17) shows the French speeder with passengers at Pont Croesor. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Patrick Collins and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (30/4/17) shows Davenport built Ryam Sugar Company No.1 coupled with The Goose, heads towards Hafod-y-llyn. The Goose needs to be hauled back to Porthmadog having only one driving end. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/4/17) shows Locotracteur, a WWI French design built by E. Campagne, stabled in Porthmadog Harbour Station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Minffordd Yard 30/4/17

This Minffordd Yard view (30/4/17) shows the WHR ballast wagon No.4022 fully loaded at the end of Minffordd yard next to Minffordd NR station, now named Minffordd for Portmerion (after the growth in the Festival No.6 since it started in 2012). Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Minffordd Yard view (30/4/17) shows wagon No.5002 rebuilt by the WHRS East Anglian Group and fitted with vacuum brakes, marshalled into an S&T train in Minffordd Yard. The other two EAG wagons were also present at Minffordd, No.5001 which is non vacuum fitted was with the KMX tamper and No.5003 has been in the Waggon Tracks shed since at least last October, laden with drums of fibre optic cables. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Minffordd Yard view (30/4/17) shows Princess in the Maenofferen shed. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Welsh Pony progress 30/4/117

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's frames and motion being assembled. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's tender nearing completion. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's boiler nearing completion with many controls now fitted. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Conwy Castle progress 30/4/17

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows Conwy Castle (ex-Dinas loco shed pilot) receiving much needed attention stored in the recently completed Heritage Carriage shed. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows Conwy Castle disassembled in the new Heritage Carriage shed. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Coach progress 30/4/17

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows new WHR saloon No.2047 nearing completion stored in the Heritage Carriage Shed. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (30/4/17) shows carriage conversion No.2091 (ex Winson No.2041) nearing completion stored in the Heritage Carriage Shed. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Q&C2 report 29/4/17

This westerly view (29/4/17) shows 0-4-0 diesel shunter Andy returning from Hafod-y-llyn. This loco celebrates Andy Putnam, who was a engineer on the Deviation project. It is made from parts of several previous similar locos (The Colonel, Lady Diana and Sandra) used on the Deviation project at Glan-y-pwll depot in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Chris Price and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (29/4/17) shows 0-4-0 diesel shunter Andy returning from Hafod-y-llyn. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Chris Price and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon report 29/4/17

Richard Watson reports: Portacabins have arrived, presumably for contractors' staff, but no actual work seems to be taking place yet. The buffer stop has been removed from the headshunt, so loco crews will have to take extra care when running round. The ex-Age Cymru building seems to be fulfilling its temporary function very well, but, as it is a little off the beaten track, passengers aiming for Caernarfon town centre are bypassing the building, so it did seem very quiet from the business point of view. However, there is a small waiting area and one can buy a sandwich and a cup of tea and sit in the waiting area to consume them.
Bill was in the bay platform at Dinas, and No.9 looked out of use, close to the coaling point. Upnor Castle still seems to be fulfilling shed pilot duties.

I now gather that a large gas main has been 'found' where it isn't supposed to be and this will presumably add cost and time to the project.

 

This Caernarfon view (29/4/17) shows contractors' Portacabins installed at Caernarfon station site. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Caernarfon view (29/4/17) shows contractors' Portacabins installed at Caernarfon station site. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Caernarfon view (29/4/17) shows signage at the headshunt area of Caernarfon station site. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Caernarfon view (29/4/17) shows the headshunt with buffer stops removed at Caernarfon station site. When the building work is finished the platform track and run round will be extended towards the road tunnel. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Richard Watson and was taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Q&C2 report 28/4/17

Lilla was unfortunately failed at Pont Croesor; having its fire thrown out on the Friday's first return top & tailed shuttle from Hafod-y-llyn. Low water in the tank, possibly made worse by a dragging brake, coupled with the very poor old injectors (new ones soon to go on) and a blocked tank balance pipe, all conspired against. With no vacuum ejector on Diana at the head of the train, the token was returned by road and Linda, spare engine in steam at Boston Lodge, was hastily despatched. Following departure of Britomart and Davenport from Pont Croesor's Down platform on the second shuttle, Linda was able to couple behind Lilla and, after finding an extension vacuum hose, all was well. The out-of-course running forced a few seconds' stand at Cae Pawb to clear an Arriva train, subsequent to which the next shuttle was able to depart only a few minutes' down. Surprisingly, Diana barely used half its tanks of water on each shuttle!

 

This westerly view (28/4/17) shows tiny Decauville 0-4-0T Chuquitanta on its skips train at Porthmadog Harbour. Regrettably due to failure of the short-section token between Minffordd and Rhiw Goch, its trips had to be cancelled and Chuquitanta hauled Lilla home in spirited fashion! Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Bob Rainbow and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (28/4/17) shows Diana shunting a shuttle train rake. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (28/4/17) shows Lilla heading the 1300 Pont Croesor shuttle crossing Britannia Bridge. The loco was to fail later. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (28/4/17) shows Britomart heading the second Hafod-y-llyn shuttle of the day crossing Britannia Bridge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (28/4/17) shows rescue loco Linda assisting failed Lilla on the rear of the shuttle crossing Britannia Bridge as it returns to Porthmadog. The loco was to fail later. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (28/4/17) shows Buster's French sister, complete with French uniformed officers, shunting in Porthmadog Harbour Yard. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (28/4/17) shows Lilla on the first shuttle to Hafod-y-llyn. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (28/4/17) shows Davenport at Harbour Station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (28/4/17) shows The Goose at Harbour Station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Lorry strikes Porthmadog bridge 25/4/17

BBC News reported a bridge strike by a lorry at Penamser NR railway bridge on the A497 just west of Porthmadog. This led to long delays on the road on 25/4/17 (now reopened) and some NR delays to allow for a bridge inspection to check the track had not been disturbed. This bridge of one of many built by the A&WCR with future double track in mind so it has a double track abutment but only a single track deck. See also Daily Post report.

 

Dinas Loco Shed report

The cryogenic fitting of new hardened crank pins to No.130 will see the driving wheels delivered to Dinas soon. Work is almost complete on the overhaul of No.138's front power unit. A decision is to be made whether the rear power unit will be taken out and worked on. With both power units then in good condition No.138 should last until its 10 year re-tubing at the end of 2019.

 

Coach Works report

Six coaches went through the Boston Lodge works last Winter. The most time consuming job is the conversion of No.2041 to No.2091, a Guard/Buffet Pantry/Toilet/Third class saloon. The saloon compartment will be very similar in style to the latest WHR coaches. This coach will be similar to No.2090 on the other rake and provide a toilet each end of the train. With so much going on in the main works new saloon No.2047, sponsored by the WHRS, still requires attention from the fitters, however, bodywork is now complete and it is hoped that the coach will appear in traffic this year.

 

BF&TR Crowdfunder nearing the target 25/4/17

The Crowdfunding Appeal for a chipper to clear the Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd Railway and has reached £4251 from some 45 supporters, some 85% of the £5,000 target with 23 days left. There is £749 to go to reach the target. A previous Crowdfunder to purchase an EWS Class 08 failed and the loco was purchased by the Telford Steam Railway. The funds raised went into project coffers.

 

New wagon BZ1423

A new wagon has been built at Boston Lodge from recycled parts of other wagons. It has the running gear from a condemned DZ dropside wagon, a new underframe created in Boston Lodge a year or so ago and a centre door body cut down from some B wagon sides. The BZ wagon type code is a mixed code between B and DZ styles of wagon. The drop down ends will make it a useful addition to the PW fleet.

 

Welsh Pony update 22/4/17

This Boston Lodge view (22/4/17) shows progress with Welsh Pony's frames and motion. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Earl of Merioneth progress 22/4/17

This Boston Lodge view (22/4/17) shows progress with Earl of Merioneth's two power units. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Dinas report 20/4/17

Martin Kressman reports: Work has started at Dinas on mess coach No.1001 by volunteers has restarted. The interior has been removed entirely and the doors and windows removed ready for grit blasting. Work has been started by the permanent staff at Dinas on the manufacture of a set of water tanks for a BR standard tank loco.

 

Lilla repaint 19/4/17

This Boston Lodge view (19/4/17) shows Lilla has been repainted into the lined green livery it carried when delivered to Cilgwyn Quarry (Nantlle) in 1891. The loco was purchased by the Penrhyn Quarry Railway and transferred via the Bryngwyn incline and Dinas/LNWR to the Penrhyn Quarry in 1928 so briefly travelled along a section of the WHR that year. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Glenn Williams (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Q&C2 update 18/4/17

The FR's four day Quirks and Curiosities event takes place over the bank Holiday weekend from 28/4/17-1/5/17 and will feature some events on the WHR. On Friday 28/4/17 there will be a series of five 'Quirky Shuttles' Porthmadog-Hafod-y-llyn in the afternoon (Britomart, Lilla, Kerr Stuart Diana and a Quirk tbc) plus a 'Curious Galloping Shuttle' The Goose at 1540. On Saturday there are no WHR passenger events but three freights run to Pont Croesor, (Diana and the skip wagons, Moel Hebog and the S&T Dept. train and finally the Quadbike).

On Sunday there is a Quirky Shuttle in the morning (Palmerston and Lyd) and two round trip Galloping Shuttles to Pont Croesor, which may be extended to Hafod-y-llyn depending on timings. There will also be three non-passenger workings to Pont Croesor and return - Deviation 'wagon'; WW1 Speeder; WW1 Campagne Tracteur; 0-4-0T Diana.

On Monday 1/5/17 the Galloping Shuttle is back in the morning with a 10:10 round trip from Porthmadog to Pont Croesor. The second trip at 11:25 may be extended to Hafod-y-llyn. Tickets will be limited for these very small shuttles. Photos would be welcome for publication. See FR timetable and booking form page.

The Galloping Goose was an allegedly rough riding bus-train (similar to that pictured below) used on the Rio Grande Southern 3' gauge lines in Colorado, USA. The concept was developed to save money compared to a conventional loco hauled passenger train. RGS trains operated around the west side of the San Juan mountain range between Durango and Ridgway, via Telluride, until the line closed in 1951. See Galloping Goose Wikipedia page.

 

This northerly view (18/4/17) shows the Galloping Goose being trialled on the F&WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

T&BFR gets HLF support

The T&BFR Crowdfunding Appeal for a chipper to clear the overgrown railway between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd received good news on 24/4/17 when they received a donation of £2,500 that had been pledged by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This was dependent upon reaching a goal set by the HLF. After reaching that target and HLF honoured the Group's hard work with the promised funds. However the Crowdfunding appeal is still short on reaching the Group's desired target of £5,000 to purchase a new chipper. Only a further £1,230 more is needed to reach their target. The T&BFR would like to thank all who have so far donated and request that the donations keep coming in so that they can progress the project to a standard where they can run the railway with trains. Small or large donations, even a chipper as a donation (never know unless you ask) would all be gratefully received and used to benefit the railway.

 

Beer Festival 19-21/5/17

This year's Beer Festival at Dinas is larger than ever. The event is open from 1100-2400 on Friday 19/5/17 and features live music in the evening. There is further live music from 1115-2400 and jamming sessions Sunday. Weekend entry to the event (exclusive of train travel) is £10 including a souvenir glass or £5 Sunday only. A starter pack costing £20 includes Weekend entry and covers 6 beers or 5 ciders or 3 wines. Shuttle train rovers cost £5 Caernarfon-Dinas or Dinas-Waunfawr. The RED peak timetable is in operation of Friday and Saturday. The Snowdonia Park brewpub and three venues in Caernarfon are involved but again not the Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd Ddu.

 

Click on the advert to see full details of the Beer Festival programme. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

BF&TR project Crowdfunding

The latest Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway Crowdfunding appeal has raised £1,110 so far. That is 22.2% of the target of £5,000. Volunteers have 29 days left for the fund raiser for a chipper. Simply the railway needs a lot of heavy vegetation clearing for volunteers to conduct a survey for operating of the line. The chipper required will help the group clear the line at a faster pace and to a high standard. Also the current hire charges of £200-250 per weekend is unsustainable at that price. When the group has its own chipper, running costs will be considerably reduced meaning more funds available for other projects upon the railway. Click Crowdfunder to donate. Volunteers are working at Maentwrog Road Yard most weekends. See BF&TR Volunteers Facebook page for details.

 

East Anglia Group meeting 20/4/17

David Gander reports: Our next meeting takes place this coming Thursday, 20/4/17 when Paul Lemon will be telling us about ‘The Colne Valley Railway’. Our final meeting before the Summer break will be on Thursday 18/5/17 when David Colenutt will talk to us about ‘Corsican and Sardinian Narrow Gauge’. We then meet again in October. East Anglian Group members may be interested to know that Alan Denney is kindly arranging a visit to Old North Road station, at Longstowe in Cambridgeshire, at the south end of the village on the A1198. The station is on the former Bedford to Cambridgeline. This is a great opportunity to visit this privately owned station and collection, not regularly open to the public. The visit is on Sunday 23/7/17 between 2pm and 4pm. This will be a joint visit with the Ffestiniog East Anglian Group and therefore an ideal opportunity to get together with fellow enthusiasts from our area and talk all things FfR/WHR!

We meet at the Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH. We meet up any time after 6-6.30pm and an evening meal is available in the restaurant or bar. Prices are reasonable. The meetings are usually held in the Function Rooms, accessed from the car park at the rear of the pub, and start around 8pm with a halfway break for coffee (£1.20 per person). We finish around 10pm. There is a charge of £2 per meeting for Group members, £3 for non-members.

 

No.130 update 17/4/17

In early April the new firebox was nearing completion when a slight delay occurred after the principle welder had a road accident. In mid April there was progress with the pipework: Serious attention is now being given to refurbishing or replacing all of the steam, exhaust and water pipework required. Luckily, at least some of the original pipework can be reused but new flanges and studs will be required for all joints and some of the wasted pipe will need to be cut out and replaced. It is hoped that the cradle pipework will be completed within the coming weeks. The boiler cradle itself is coming along well and is being painted. Most of the brake components are now fitted. Brake blocks have been delivered for fitting to No.130.

See No.130 Facebook page for full details and images.

 

Russell on WHHR Easter services 16/4/17

This westerly view (16/4/17) shows Russell working WHHR trains over Easter. The WHHR was offering a 'Hunt the Egg' event over Easter with 'Drive a Diesel' opportunities using Glaslyn. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright WHHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Tuesday Gang report 11/4 and 18/4/17

Tony Baker reports: This report covers 2 Tuesdays, 11/4/17 and 18/4/17. On the 11/4/17 we set out to replace a rotten gate post at Hafod Ruffydd. Getting the stump of the old post out proved very difficult and we ran out of time. One of our volunteers accompanied by a member of permanent staff returned on the following Thursday and succeeded in getting the stump out and the new post concreted in. The gang returned on the 18/4/17 and hung the gate onto the new post. In addition we replaced two rotten centre timbers on the crossing LC 42.54.

There were five volunteers on the 114/17 and seven on the 18/4/17.

 

This southerly view (11/4/17) shows the Tuesday Gang at Hafod Ruffydd Crossing trying to remove the broken gatepost. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/4/17) shows the Tuesday Gang at Hafod Ruffydd Crossing trying to remove the stump of the broken gatepost. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/4/17) shows the Tuesday Gang at Hafod Ruffydd Crossing still stumped! Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/4/17) shows the No.143 hauling the second train of the day passing Hafod Ruffydd Crossing at about 1500. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (18/4/17) shows the Tuesday Gang finishing Hafod Ruffydd Crossing with the stump having been removed in the meantime. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (18/4/17) shows the Tuesday Gang finishing Hafod Ruffydd Crossing with the gate having been hung. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/17) shows the Tuesday Gang with the finished Hafod Ruffydd Crossing. North of the crossing is the former yard of Hafod Ruffydd Halt, currently used as a store for spare rails. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Tuesday Gang update 11/4/17

Tony Baker reports: The Tuesday Gang went back to LC46.52 (the lower Cwmcloch level crossing-Ed) and cleared that out on the first Tuesday 4/4/17. The next week (11/4/17) we went back to Hafod Ruffydd with a new gate post and are in the process of changing the post and re-hanging the gate continuing on 18/4/17.

 

No.134 report 8-9/4/17

There were a number of jobs started last month's working party that volunteers continued into this month, as well as starting some work in other areas.

Work on the Snifter and Vacuum By-pass Valves for the cylinders continued from last month. Volunteers had one by-pass valve to finish off and lap-in and this was duly done early on the Saturday. After some cleaning of all the various mating faces they then fitted all the valves onto the cylinders, the first being the Snifting Valves followed by the By-pass Valves. These latter ones were sealed using some gaskets made as a homework project by one of the team.

Other members of the team were continuing with the pony trucks. The Group had re-fitted the axle boxes during the previous two working parties, however they've been fitted using temporary bolts as fitted bolts are required that will need to be manufactured. As the holes needed to be reamed out to a slightly larger size volunteers are not quite sure what size was actually going to be needed. This month therefore, armed with several reamers, it was established that 21mm bolts will suffice. The group managed just short of 1/4 of the holes so they will continue next month when hopefully all the fitted bolts will have been made.

Another job started was to drill out the cylinder cladding attachment holes in the cylinder casting. The vast majority of the holes had broken off bolts in them, and in many cases the attachment point had been repositioned and several times for some. Unfortunately some of the repositioned ones were very close to the cylinder studs so volunteers are going back to the original positions and drilling out and re-tapping the holes. In most cases all the accessible ones were pilot drilled and so the group needs to finish the job next time with the tapping.

One last job is that volunteers started to look at the tender frames again. The frames need to be movable so as to get them nearer to where work needs to be done. It was noted that the rear tender drag-box needs some attention as it has been attacked by the rust moth so will need some remedial work done. The group gathered together and cleaned all the coupling components so as it's ready to be assembled with an FR style coupling.

See No.134 website for full details and images.

 

Boston Lodge improvements 8/4/17

This easterly view (8/4/17) shows the completed Heritage Carriage shed and headshunt which gives rear access to the running Carriage Shed on the left. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (8/4/17) shows the large rock pile excavated to complete the Heritage Carriage Shed. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (8/4/17) shows the foreshore alongside the Carriage Shed and, as can be seen, the rock pile has not yet been used to expand the footprint of the depot to accommodate the enlarged running Carriage Shed. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (8/4/17) shows trackwork underway to accommodate the new ashing out pit. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (8/4/17) shows the completed installation of the new sewage treatment plant, a key component of a major upgrade to the sewerage/drainage system at Boston Lodge. In the foreground is new trackwork utilising spare plastic sleepers. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

WHHG report

The WHHG magazine for December has an editorial suggesting that the ongoing failure to allow original WHR locos on the WHR is down to someone or a group of people blocking the move presumably at the F&WHR.

There is a good feature on KS4415, the original diesel tested on the WHR. There is discussion about the next building restoration project, either the Glan-yr-Afon yard weigh-house or Betws Garmon station building. It is possible that the Glan-yr-afon site could be cleared of vegetation, fenced off from the mainline allowing sheep to graze and clear the site. The building could be stabilised and restored to use for PW purposes. There are a number of options concerning Betws Garmon, the most drastic being to demolish and use the material to build a prototypical station building at Waunfawr! Betws Garmon is too far from Bryn Gloch campsite which is the obvious location for any new halt in the area, if the campsite management were to take a more pro-active business orientated approach!

 

Hugh Napier on footplate rides 16-17/4/17

Hugh Napier will give footplate rides on Easter Sunday and Monday in Harbour Station from 10:30 to 16:00. A 'Quirk' from the upcoming FR event 'Quirks and Curiosities' 28/4-1/5/17 may also put in an appearance.

 

The Snowdonian Limited 10/6/17

This year's Snowdonian Limited will be running on 10/6/17. The event commences with a Friday evening with tour of Boston Lodge at 1645. The Snowdonian Limited departs around 0915 on the Saturday and returns by 1915 taking the opposite route to The Snowdonian, i.e. Porthmadog - Caernarfon - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog. A light breakfast will be served on train followed by a Hog Roast and Workshop visit at Dinas. Afternoon Tea will be taken at Tan-y-bwlch. It is hoped the Garratt-hauled train will run non-stop Porthmadog - Caernarfon. Seating is limited to 66% capacity. It is anticipated that historic Carriage number No.14 will be included in train as a Club Car dispensing refreshments including Snowdonian Real Ale. For full details and booking form see The Snowdonian website.

 

Porthmadog 15/4/17

This westerly view (15/4/17) shows Palmerston and Prince double heading the 14:30 train out of the WHR platform to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The WHR platform is regularly used to relieve congestion at Porthmadog as there are long gaps between WHR services, even during the peak timetable. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (15/4/17) shows Taliesin a short while later on the Victorian train from the WHR platform to Minffordd (in connection with a community Easter Party) just before the 15:10 arrival from Caernarfon behind No.143. Taliesin also gave footplate rides at Harbour Station between 10:00 and 14:00. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon station 10-12/4/17

This northerly view (10/4/17) shows the contractors have completed the sewer diversion works and cleared the site ready for the station building contractors. However, the roundabout has not been completed and the road tunnel had not been reopened at this stage. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (12/4/17) shows the contractors have completed the road works from Caernarfon square leading from Y Maes to the station. This type of 'shared access' road with no kerbs is supposed to deter cars from speeding where pedestrians can feel free to wander without fear but has been criticised in a recent BBC report as being potentially unsafe. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Conwy valley reopens 10/4/17

The Conwy Valley line reopened on 10/4/17 after NR had cleared a rockfall caused by Storm Doris in February near Pont-y-pant and stabilised the cliff face.

 

Linda 8/4/17

This northerly view (8/4/17) shows Linda hauling the new well wagon loaded with an excavator heading north at Croesor Junction. This is an unusual view as a PW diesel loco would normally be used for this purpose. A steam engine was diagrammed as part of The Snowdonian to demonstrate what the Diamond Jubilee Appeal has enabled the F&WHR to purchase. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Alasdair Stewart (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Welsh Pony Update 8/4/17

This Boston Lodge view (8/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's completed boiler and firebox with brass wrapper and some controls fitted. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (8/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's completed boiler tubes awaiting fitting of the smokebox. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (8/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's boiler awaiting fitting of the smokebox. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (8/4/17) shows Welsh Pony's completed new tender. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The Snowdonian 8/4/17

Any images of The Snowdonian would be welcome as your webmaster was running a model railway show on 8/4/17 and could not attend.

 

This easterly view (16/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George hauling The Snowdonian non-stop through Harbour Station and onto the WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (16/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George hauling The Snowdonian crossing Pont Croesor. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (8/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George crossing Pont Croesor and heading north towards Caernarfon with The Snowdonian with all four chimneys showing smoke. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (8/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George working hard ascending the 1 in 40 Nantmor Incline. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (8/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George crossing Bryn-y-felin bridge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (8/4/17) shows Linda propelling the well wagon and excavator into Beddgelert from the north while the Fairlies await departure in the other platform. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (8/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George restarting on the 1 in 40 from Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (8/4/17) shows Merddin Emrys and David Lloyd George rounding the curve at Ffridd Isaf shortly after departing Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Webmaster's Holidays

Your webmaster has been busy making a model railway for a show and will also be on holiday next week so updates have been and will be few and far between until 14/4/17.

 

Pont Croesor track 8/4/17

This northbound view (8/4/17) shows the recently realigned track and left hand pointwork at Pont Croesor halt which now gives smoother running in this area. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a Canon EOS 40D digital camera with a Canon 18-55 EFS lens. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The Snowdonian YouTube 8/4/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 21 min 44 seconds of video detailing recent The Snowdonian on 8/4/17, published 9/4/17. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

West Midlands Group Meeting 13/4/17

Dave Waldren advises: The next Welsh Highland Railway Society West Midland Group meeting is ‘Trains in 2016' by Dave Waldren, Thursday April 13th at 7.30 pm in the Dennis Carson Room, Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close (off Oak Tree Lane), Bournville, Birmingham B30 1UA. Featuring high definition video footage of our own West Midland Group trips to Chasewater and Amerton, also covering gala events at Fairbourne, Corris and more in the first half, and after tea, recent footage of Rio Grande steam on the Cumbres and Toltec and Durango and Silverton 3 foot gauge railways in Colorado. All welcome, entrance by donation, tea, coffee and biscuits at the interval.

 

No.143 6/4/17

This easterly view (6/4/17) shows No.143 crossing Britannia Bridge and heading north towards Caernarfon with the midday train. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

No.130 update 1/4/17

The running plate has been fitted on to the cradle and various joins in the platework have been necessary. However, to make sure a good and professional job is made, no detail has been ignored and the plates have been perfectly matched. Apart from final screwing down, the running plate is complete.

 

T&BFR acquires signalbox

Colin Dale, the instigator of the Trawsfynydd and Blaenau Ffestiniog project has purchased a signalbox from the DFR at Lydney. It is to be transported to Maentwrog Road yard to control the siding there. Further sidings and a headshunt are possible. See T&BFR Facebook page. The railway is looking for Crowdfunding for a wood chipper to complete clearance of the line.

 

Events 2017

1/1/17 Final Mince Pie Special 1015/1330 return from Dinas to Beddgelert
19-22/1/17 Hugh Napier at the Caravan and Motorhome Show, Event City, Manchester
18-25/2/17 Start of WHR 2017 Green Timetable Dinas-Beddgelert (2 trains a day)
18-25/2/17 Palmerston on show Kings Cross promoting 'Great little Trains of Wales' booklet
1/3-23/3/17 Orange Timetable MTFX Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn
25/3-30/3/17 Start of WHR 2017 Season Yellow Easter Timetable (5 days only) MFX
1/4/17 Trains every day in May (except 28/4/17) including Easter Red timetable (14-18/4/17) and 29-30/4/17 and 1/5/17
8/4/17 The Snowdonian
28/4-1/5/17 FR Quirks and Curiosities event (includes some WHR events from Hafod-y-llyn)
6-14/5/17 Palmerston visit to Albert Dock, Liverpool
13/5/17 Caernarfon Food Festival (Extra services)
19-21/5/17 Rail-Ale 13th Annual Beer Festival based at Dinas
10/6/17 The Snowdonian Limited- a limited re-run of The Snowdonian
15-17/9/17 SuperPower (WHR AGM 16/9/17)
6-8/10/17 FR Victorian Weekend (may include some WHR events)
27/10/17 WHR Halloween Train
9-10/12/17 WHR Santa Specials
16-17/12/17 WHR Santa Specials
21-22/12/17 WHR Santa Specials
27/12/17-1/1/18 WHR Mince Pie Specials (to be confirmed)

 

Mainline news

There will be a series of railtours both to and from North Wales in 2017 and it seems that Penmaenmawr Quarries are to start delivering stone by rail again, while de-fuelling and removing contaminated material from Wylfa Nuclear Power Station will continue for another year at least. In recent years steam on the North Wales Coast/Blaenau Ffestiniog has declined and steam on the Cambrian disappeared due to NR reneging on its promise to provide a mobile ERTMS unit.

1/3/17 'Cathedrals' Express' Euston-Holyhead (steam) Steam Dreams

15/3/17 'The Edinburgh Express' Bangor-Edinburgh (diesel) WCR

22/4/17 'Y Triongl Gogledd Cymru' Lancaster-Holyhead via Stafford including various freight-only chords/loops (diesel) BLS

29/4/17 'North Wales Extravaganza' Norwich-Holyhead (diesel) NENTA

1/5/17 'The Victorian Day Pullman' Skegness-Llandudno (diesel) WCR

3/5/17 'Royal Windsor Express' Holyhead-Windsor (diesel) WCR

23/7/17 'North Wales Coast Express' Liverpool to Holyhead (steam) RYTC

25/7/17 'Welsh Mountaineer' Preston-Blaenau Ffestiniog (steam) RYTC

30/9/17 'Conway Valley Explorer II' Cleethorpes-Betws-y-coed (diesel) WCR

11/10/17 'The Jorvik/Scarborough Spa III' Bangor-Scarborough (diesel) WCR

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2017

Keeping the permanent way, in particular, and the infrastructure in general, fit for trains to run is an essential task. Volunteers have a lot to offer by assisting with this. We have a mix of weekend and weekday working parties. The Black Hand, Tuesday Gang and Rest of the World Gangs will be very glad to accept your help. Contact the relevant organiser to let him know when you plan to join us. Please do not just turn up as that makes it difficult for us to plan ahead.

The programme for 2017 is as follows:

January 7-8/1/17 14-20/1/17WW 21-22/1/17    
February 4-5/2/17 11-17/2/17WW 18-19/2/17    
March 4-5/3/17 11-17/3/17WW 18-19/3/17    
April 1-2/4/17 8-9/4/17LW# 15-16/4/17^    
May   13-14/5/17 6-12/5/17WW 27-28/5/17^  
June   10-11/6/17 17-18/6/17LW# 24-25/6/17  
July   8-9/7/17 15-21/7/17WW 22-23/7/17  
August   5-6/8/17 12-13/8/17LW# 1920/8/17  
September 2-3/9/17 9-15/9/17WW 16-17/9/17   30/9/17-
October -1/10/17   14-15/10/17 21-22/10/17LW# 28-29/10/17
November 4-10/11/17WW# 11-12/11/17   25-26/11/17  
December 2-8/12/17WW# 9-10/12/17      

^ Bank Holiday weekend

LW-Long weekend Friday-Monday

WW-Working week Saturday-Friday

# For dates for April, June, August and October are subject to confirmation-contact Paul Bradshaw if you are interested. Dates for November and December 2017 are provisional pending preparation of the Winter Major Works Programme for 2017-18.

The Tuesday Gang expects to be operating pretty well every Tuesday.

Arrangements may change so contact the working party organiser before you commit yourself to joining us just to make sure.

Contacts

If you intend to join one of the weekend or Tuesday gangs, please contact the appropriate organiser. If you are interested in weekday working or have any queries about track work volunteering, please contact Paul Bradshaw.

Tuesday Gang:

Contact Tony Baker for details. Phone: 01492 874579 Email: SPUDDY43@aol.com

North Wales Black Hand Gang (BHG):Dafydd Thomas Phone: 01248 681019 Email: dthomas@ffwhr.com

Rest of The World Gang (ROWG):Paul Bradshaw Phone: 01766 770034 Email: pbradshaw@ffwhr.com

If you intend to join one of the weekend or Tuesday Gang days, please contact the appropriate organiser. If you are interested in weekday working or have any queries about track work volunteering, please contact Paul Bradshaw. See Contacts page.

 

Gradient graph

John Hopkins has contributed this image of the gradient profile of the WHR. It makes clear how much of a mountain we have climbed and how steep the drop through Beddgelert is. Maybe most of all, it reveals the challenge facing northbound trains after they stop at Beddgelert!

 

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This image is courtesy/copyright John Hopkins and is derived from data courtesy John Sreeves with additional work by Michael Bentley. Click on the image to enlarge.

 

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Maps & Plans and links

Click here for Steve Harris' /WHRS' full list of Historical Maps and Gradient Profiles

DVD material can be purchased from Jon Marsh who is the WHRS' (DVD Only) Mail Order officer. All other materials are now sold in the F&WHRS shop.

Click here for the Mail Order web page

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