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Star Picture

This northerly view (31/7/22) shows Russell heading through the Aberglaslyn Pass between T2 and T3 on its return journey to the WHHR. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Simon Roberts ( (SAY Films) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Welcome to Version 4 of this website, launched on 8/9/04 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)

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

Porthmadog Cross Town Link (updated1/4/07)

Caernarfon Cross Town Link  (updated 10/10/10)

 

Other pages

The 40km Dream Phase 1 (Updated 12/2/21)

The 40km Dream Phase 2 (Updated 1/4/21)

'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 1/8/22)

Prince Charles Visit July 2003 (updated 5/1/22)

Snow Scenes (updated 25/11/20)

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

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

Volunteer Contact details page (updated 23/6/21)

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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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 and other maps courtesy of WHRS

Click here for John Sreeves Gradient profile courtesy of WHRS

Click here for Chainages and OS Map References

Timetables

The unofficial F&WHR working timetables have been updated using official timetables. The regular Woodland Wanderer trains are the 10:55 and 13:55 and use the same set. The spare set can be used for the 09:45, 12:45 and 15:45 according to traffic on offer. If three trains are planned the 12:45 is the additional train.

 

Woodland Wanderer

Operates Daily until 2/9/22

Location Time Time Time Time
ECS from depot where applicable (arr) 10:20 11:30    
Previous working     ex 10:55 ex 12:45
Porthmadog (dep) 10:55 11:55 13:55 14:55
Minffordd (pass) 11:10 12:10 14:05 15:05
Penrhyndeudraeth (pass) 11:15 12:15 14:10 15:10
Tan-y-bwlch (arr) 11:35 12:30 14:35 15:30
Tan-y-bwlch (dep) 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30
Penrhyndeudraeth (pass) 12:50 13:50 15:50 16:50
Minffordd (pass) 13:00 14:05 15:55 16:55
Porthmadog (arr) 13:10 14:20 16:10 17:10
Next turn where applicable 13:55 14:55    
ECS to depot (dep)      16:30  17:30

Trains in the grey columns will operate according to demand.

 

Mountain Spirit

Operates Daily

Location Time Time SuX
Boston Lodge (dep) ECS 10:00 14:00
Porthmadog Harbour Station (arr) 10:05 ex-10:30
Porthmadog Harbour Station (dep) 10:30 14:30
Minffordd (arr) 10:40 14:40
Minffordd (dep) 10:45 14:45
Penrhyndeudraeth (pass) 10:50 14:50
Tan-y-bwlch (arr) 11:05 15:05
Tan-y-bwlch (dep) 11:15 15:15
Tan-y-grisiau (pass) 11:40 15:40
Blaenau Ffestiniog (arr) 11:45 15:45
Blaenau Ffestiniog (dep) 12:25 16:25
Tan-y-grisiau (pass) 12:35 16:35
Tan-y-bwlch (arr) 12:55 16:55
Tan-y-bwlch (dep) 13:00 17:00
Penrhyndeudraeth (pass) 13:15 17:15
Minffordd (pass) 13:25 17:25
Porthmadog Harbour Station (arr) 13:35 17:35
Next turn where applicable 14:40  
ECS (dep) where applicable 14:10 18:05

 

Gelert Explorer

FSX

Location Time
Dinas (dep) ECS 10:45
Caernarfon (arr) ECS 11:00
Caernarfon (dep) 11:30
Waunfawr (pass) 12:00
Rhyd Ddu (arr) 12:30
Rhyd Ddu (dep) 12:35
Beddgelert (arr) 13:00
Beddgelert (dep) 14:30
Rhyd Ddu (arr) 14:50
Rhyd Ddu (dep) 14:55
Waunfawr (pass) 15:25
Caernarfon (arr) 16:00
Caernarfon (dep) ECS 16:15
Dinas (arr) ECS 16:25

 

The Cwellyn

TThO

Location Time
Dinas (dep) ECS 11:45
Caernarfon (arr) ECS 12:00
Caernarfon (dep) 12:30
Waunfawr (pass) 13:05
Rhyd Ddu (arr) 13:30
Rhyd Ddu (dep) 14:00
Waunfawr (pass) 14:25
Caernarfon (arr) 15:00
Caernarfon (dep) ECS 15:25
Dinas (arr) ECS 15:35

Additional trains may be added according to demand.

 

Glaslyn Venturer

FSX

Location Time SuO Time FSSuX
Boston Lodge ECS (dep) 09:20 12:30
Porthmadog ECS (arr) 09:30 ex 10:15
Porthmadog (dep) 10:15 13:40
Pont Croesor (pass) 10:30 13:55
Beddgelert (arr) 11:00 14:25
Beddgelert (dep) 12:15 15:40
Pont Croesor (pass) 12:40 16:05
Porthmadog  (arr) 13:00 16:20
Next turn where applicable 13:40 N/A
ECS where applicable (dep) 13:30 16:30

Both paths may operate according to demand.

 

The Harbourmaster

FSO

Location Time Return Time
Boston Lodge ECS (dep) 09:00 (arr) 16:45
Porthmadog ECS (arr) 09:05 (dep) 16:40
Porthmadog (dep) 09:40 (arr) 16:30
Beddgelert (arr) 10:20 (dep) 15:55
Beddgelert (dep) 10:30 (arr) 15:50
Rhyd Ddu (arr) 10:55 (dep) 15:25
Rhyd Ddu (dep) 11:05 (arr) 15:20
Waunfawr (arr) 11:30 (dep) 14:55
Waunfawr (dep) 11:35 (arr) 14:50
Dinas (arr) 11:50 (dep) 14:35
Dinas (dep) 11:55 (arr) 14:30
Caernarfon (arr) 12:05 (dep) 14:20

Additional trains may be added according to demand.

Snowdonia Star

FSO

Location Time Return Time
Dinas (dep) ECS 09:20 (arr) 17:10
Caernarfon (arr) ECS 09:30 (dep) 17:00
Caernarfon (dep) 10:00 (arr) 16:30
Dinas (arr) 10:10 (dep) 16:20
Dinas (dep) 10:15 (arr) 16:15
Waunfawr (arr) 10:30 (dep) 16:00
Waunfawr (dep) 10:35 (arr) 15:55
Rhyd Ddu (arr) 10:55 (dep) 15:30
Rhyd Ddu (dep) 11:05 (arr) 15:25
Beddgelert (arr) 11:30 (dep) 15:00
Beddgelert (dep) 11:35 (arr) 14:55
Porthmadog (arr) 12:15 (dep) 14:15

Additional trains may be added according to demand.

Italicised times are variable according to necessary shunting duties/refuelling/watering etc.

 

Timetable w/c 8/8/22

This timetable shows planned train services week commencing 8/8/22. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again for full size where available. This image is courtesy F&WHR.

 

News Section

F&WHR 13/8/22

Saturday 12/8/22 was forecast to be a sunny day with temperatures of 30C so a day when many tourists might choose the beach. in fact the sea temperatures at Black Rock Sands were reputed to be some of the warmest ever experienced. As  result the service pattern was the same as Friday's with ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and The Harbourmaster). No trains were fully booked in the morning with people possibly choosing the beach rather than the railway. The same is true of Sunday and the 5 train service will repeat last Sunday's offering, none of which are fully booked the day in advance.

No.130 was up first arriving ECS at 09:14 and departing for Caernarfon at 09:42. David Lloyd George arrived at 09:55 with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit into the FR platform. The Fairlie ran round at 10:05. Blanche arrived a little later than normal into the WHR platform with the ECS for the 10:55, but after detaching, waited in the WHR loop for the Fairlie to depart at 10:31. Blanche ran round at 10:34 and departed on time at 10:55.

No.87 arrived at 12:20 with the Snowdonia Star. Unusually the loco detached and ran to Boston Lodge, presumably to refuel and water. Blanche returned at 13:10. The Garratt returned at 13:22 and ran round ready to depart. a mystery developed when the Fairlie did not return at 13:35 as expected and no attempt was made by Blanche to remove the Woodland Wanderer rake from the FR platform. In fact Blanche ran round at 13:41 and departed on time at 13:55 despite the Mountain Spirit not returning. The late running train departed Tan-y-bwlch at 13:32, over half an hour late and passed the Woodland Wanderer at Minffordd. There appeared to be a crew change at Minffordd at 14:08 before the Fairlie resumed its journey a few minutes later. The train arrived back at Porthmadog at 14:20, some 45 minutes late and just10 minutes before its next turn of duty. The Fairlie eventually ran round at 14:45 after refuelling and taking water and the train departed at 14:50, some 20 minutes late.

Blanche was first back arriving in the FR platform at 16:26, running round at 16:33 and departing ECS at 16:35. No.130 was next, arriving in the WHR platform at 16:47 and departing ECS at 16:54. The final train of the day was the delayed Fairlie, which was still 25 minutes late when returning from Tan-y-bwlch. The train eventually rolled into the FR platform at 18:01, about 25 minutes late. Run round came at 18:15 and the ECS departed at 18:20 to close the day's activities.   

 

Mountaineer 12/8/22

Alco No.1265 Mountaineer is currently languishing in Glan-y-pwll storage shed. It will soon be brought down to Boston Lodge for the sponsored pull 'Guess the Time' competition for its transit to Harbour Station on 27/8/22 (see below). The loco found use on lighter trains when the WHR opened as far as Dinas in 1997 and again to Waunfawr in 2000-2001. It will be restored with a coal fired loco requiring a new design of firebox. It will be interesting to see how it performs on the full WHR with its 1 in 40 grades if it is allocated to any such services.

 

This easterly view (12/8/22) shows Mountaineer stored in Glan-y-pwll new shed. The loco will soon be brought down to Boston Lodge and will need to be well oiled before the transit and, not least, the pull across The Cob! Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (27/10/97) shows Mountaineer running round a late afternoon train at Caernarfon at the end of the first season. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and is canned from a slide taken on a Sigma SA300 and scanned with Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III AF2840 . Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 12/8/22

Friday 12/8/22 was forecast to be a sunny day with temperatures of 30C so a day when many tourists might choose the beach. As  result only two Woodland Wanderer trains are booked today compared to the normal four. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and The Harbourmaster).

First up today was No.130 which arrived at 09:10 with the ECS for the 09:40 The Harbourmaster. Next was David Lloyd George with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit which arrived at 10:01 into the FR platform. The loco ran round promptly at 10:05. It was no surprise when Blanche turned up at 10:18 with its regular ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer into the WHR platform. Blanche ran round promptly at 10:24.

No.87 pulled in at 12:26 with the Snowdonia Star and the loco detached and ran to the yard at 12:30. At 12:52 Harlech Castle with the well wagon and a brake van passed through the WHR loop from the Dinas direction while No.87 was still in the yard preparing to coal and water. At 12:55 the PW train reversed into the seawall siding and the Garratt ran round at 13:00 now the WHR loop was clear. Blanche arrived back at 13:15 and the PW train left the yard and crossed The Cob now the section was clear. The train passed through Minffordd at 13:27 heading towards Tan-y-bwlch. Blanche shunted its rake into the yard and ran round at 13:34. Now the FR platform was clear, the Fairlie ran in at 13:45 and Blanche shunted its rake into the far end of the FR platform at 13:47 for the 13:55 departure. The Fairlie ran round at 14:11 and departed on time.

 

This easterly view (12/8/22) shows Harlech Castle reversing into the yard. The Cob was required by a train in section and the WHR run round was required by the Garratt so the sea wall was the temporary bolt hole for this short freight with the well wagon and brake van. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was captured from a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

At the end of the afternoon, Blanche returned first at 16:21, running round at 16:32 and departing ECS at 16:36. The Garratt followed at 17:05, departing ECS at 17:10. The Fairlie arrived back last at 17:39 and ran round at 17:56 before departing ECS at 18:01 to close the day's activities.

 

Rail tales (Episode 1)-Summer at Beddgelert

Click on the YouTube link to watch 8 minutes 57 seconds of video covering Beddgelert Station. This is the first VLOG of a new series. The vlogger gives a guided tour of Beddgelert station and its new shop/cafe and sheltered seating area. This video was published on 12/8/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by volunteers on a camcorder.

 

F&WHR 11/8/22

Thursday was forecast to be a sunny day at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 28C, when many holidaymakers might be expected to go to the beach. EIGHT trains were planned from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and two Glaslyn Explorer trains) and ONE from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the Cwellyn). The first Woodland Wanderer working was fully booked by 10am. Yesterday's missing Cwellyn train may have been due to a staff shortage. Anecdotal reports suggest the loadings have been good but never 'Sold Out' so far on Fareharbor.

No.130 was first again with the Glaslyn Venturer arriving ECS at 09:30. This was followed by David Lloyd George at 09:59 arriving ECS in the FR platform and running round at 10:10. After the Garratt left, Blanche arrived at 10:21 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer, then ran round at 10:25. Both trains left on time. Welsh Pony arrived at 10:52 with the ECS for the 11:55 Woodland Wanderer, running round at 11:15.

No.130 arrived back at 12:59. At 13:14 No.130 ran round as Blanche arrived. Blanche cleared the FR platform for the Fairlie to arrive at 13:43 whilst Blanche ran round in the yard At 13:48 Blanche shunted its rake from the yard to the WHR platform. At 14:04 the Fairlie ran round. At 14:22 Welsh Pony arrived back and at 14:39 ran to the yard to refuel and water. At 14:47 the England completed its run round move and departed with the final Woodland Wanderer service at 14:55.

The Glaslyn Venturer was back at 16:21 with No.130, departing ECS at 16:29 and Blanche followed at 16:25, departing ECS at 16:39. Welsh Pony was back at 17:22 and ran round at 17:25. At 17:29 the England shunted the two spare carriages from the seawall siding back onto the rake and departing ECS at 17:33. The Fairlie arrived back at 17:53 before running round at 18:06 and departing ECS at 18:10 to close the day.

 

Aberystwyth log train becomes regular weekly working

Colas has confirmed that it has signed a contract with Kronospan of Chirk for a weekly freight train of logs from Aberystwyth. The working was trialled in the Spring and ran in recent weeks via Shrewsbury, Crewe and Chester to Chirk as there is no crossover at Chirk. The train uses the Aberystwyth station loop as a loading siding and utilises NR's Class 97s for haulage. See Rail Advent announcement. This is the third positive rail freight development in North Wales recently with the start of slate waste from Llandudno Junction yard and resumption of stone from Penmaenmawr. The move is reported to reflect the shortage of lorry drivers brought about by BREXIT as well as being a positive reduction in carbon footprint for UK industry.

 

F&WHR 10/8/22

Wednesday was forecast to be a sunny day at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 25C, when many holidaymakers might be expected to go to the beach. EIGHT trains were planned from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and two Glaslyn Explorer trains) and ONE from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the Cwellyn). The first two Woodland Wanderer workings were fully booked by 9am as was the first Mountain Spirit. Surprisingly, the Cwellyn service was not booked to run today whereas it was last Wednesday suggesting that the WHR needs more promotional advertising as the FR is running with almost half its trains fully booked! A few years ago plastic tags were issued to travellers on the FR reminding them of the WHR. If a small discount was offered on presentation of such a tag, it could encourage people to visit both railways, after all the modern A487 means a Porthmadog to Caernarfon drive to visit the WHR is just 30 minutes on average. By midday the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer was also fully booked.

No.130 was first again with the Glaslyn Venturer arriving ECS at 09:44. This was followed by David Lloyd George at 10:02 arriving ECS in the FR platform and running round at 10:10. After the Garratt left, Blanche arrived at 10:19 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer, then running round at 10:24. Both trains left on time. Welsh Pony arrived at 11:18 with the ECS for the 11:55 Woodland Wanderer, running round at 11:32.

At 12:31 Harlech Castle arrived in the WHR platform from the WHR hauling the cherrypicker rake with a brake van. The token to proceed was issued almost immediately as the station was coming up on the lunchtime rush period. The rake was noted reversing into Minffordd Yard at 12:40. The Garratt arrived back at 12:58 and the loco ran to the yard at 13:02 to refuel and water before returning to run round at 13:11. Blanche arrived back at 13:18 and shunted its rake to the yard at 13:27. The Lady ran round at 13:43 and shunted its rake to the WHR platform after the Fairlie arrived in the FR platform at 13:45. The Fairlie ran round at 14:06. Welsh Pony arrived back at 14:26 and ran to the yard to refuel and water. The loco ran round at 14:58 and departed at 15:02, seven minutes late but arrived in Tan-y-bwlch at 15:50, some 20 minutes late.

Towards the end of the afternoon the Garratt arrived back at 16:22. Blanche arrived back at 16:35 allowing the ECS Garratt to depart at 16:36 once The Cob was clear. Blanche ran round at 16:43 and departed ECS at 16:48. Welsh Pony arrived back at 17:36, some 25 minutes later than booked (after departing Tan-y-bwlch 30 minutes late) and at 17:40 the loco ran to the yard to refuel and water. The Fairlie arrived back at 18:08, also over half an hour late, probably as a reaction to Welsh Pony's late running. The England departed at 18:09 with the ECS as soon as The Cob was clear. The Fairlie ran round at 18:20 and departed with the ECS at 18:24 to close the day's activities.

 

Vale of Rheidol Garratt No.60

Some photographers, like your webmaster, must have been disappointed on Tuesday 19/7/22 when all VoR services were suspended due to the risk of lineside fires in the heat wave, especially as we had travelled a long way to see it! It was to have been the inaugural run of the VoR's red Garratt No.60 hauling passenger services to Devil's Bridge. NG/G13 No.60 Drakensberg left Aberystwyth hauling its first official public passenger train on 26/7/22. The engine will be hauling the 10:30 & 14:00 every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday until the 1/9/22, subject to availability.

 

F&WHR 9/8/22

Tuesday was forecast to be a day of sunny periods at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 23C. EIGHT trains were planned from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and two Glaslyn Explorer trains) and TWO from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the Cwellyn). The first two Woodland Wanderer workings were fully booked by 9am.

First up today was No.130 which arrived into the WHR platform at 09:18 with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer. David Lloyd George arrived at 09:56 with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit and ran round at 10:12 as the Garratt prepared to depart. Blanche turned up at 10:20 in the WHR platform with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer and ran round at 10:24 just before the Fairlie departed on the 10:30.

At 11:20 Welsh Pony arrived with the ECS for the 11:55. The loco ran round its short 5 coach rake at 11:33. One open coach and saloon apparently remain in the seawall siding available to be added at short notice if bookings exceed expectations.

No.130 arrived back at 12:59 and the loco shunted to the yard to water and coal emerging at 13:13 as Blanche approached, arriving at 13:14. The Garratt completed its run round at 13:20 as Blanche shunted its rake to the yard to clear the FR platform for the Fairlie's arrival. The Fairlie arrived at 13:38 as Blanche ran round in the yard and, after the Garratt left, Blanche shunted its rake to the WHR platform at 13:44 in good time for the 13:55 departure. The Fairlie ran round at 14:05 and Welsh Pony arrived back at 14:18, running to the yard to water and refuel at 14:23. The Fairlie departed on time with the 14:30 Mountain Spirit and the England engine returned to its train at 14:41, completing the run round.

The end of the sunny afternoon saw a simultaneous arrival of No.130 and Blanche at 16:19. Blanche ran round at 16:26 as the ECS Glaslyn Venturer departed before itself departing ECS at 16:36. Welsh Pony arrived back at 17:05 and ran round at 17:09. The England left with the ECS at 17:13. The final movements of the day came at 17:38 with the return of the Fairlie. Run round came at 17:57 with the ECS departing at 18:00 to close the day's activities.

 

Borth-y-gest Model Railway Exhibition 13-14/8/22

Visitors to the Porthmadog district next weekend, might consider also visiting the Model Railway Show at Borth-y-Gest Church Room, on 13/8/22 (11a.m. to 5 p.m.), and 14/8/22 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Entrance £2. Model railways from Paul Holmes, Phil Traxson, John Wooden, Martin Hallett and Joanna Vincent. Refreshments available. Second hand sales with Nick Lowe. It’s a great little show, in a beautiful setting, very friendly, a bit like a clubroom open day with time to sit and chat, ask questions, share tips, and watch the trains come and go. An N gauge layout may be under construction during the show.

 

F&WHR 8/8/22

Monday was forecast to be a sunny day at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 22C. EIGHT trains were planned from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and two Glaslyn Explorer trains) while there was just ONE from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer). The first Woodland Wanderer working was fully booked by 9am and the 14:55 was withdrawn.

No.130 rolled into the WHR platform at 09:34 with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer. David Lloyd George arrived at 09:58 with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit. Run round came at 10:16 as the Garratt departed. Blanche turned up at 10:22 in the WHR platform and ran round at 10:35 after the Fairlie had departed.

Welsh Pony arrived at 11:20 with the second Woodland Wanderer ECS into the FR platform with run round coming at 11:43. At 11:47 the open coach and another were shunted to the sea wall siding to reduce the loading and save coal before the 11:55 departed.

At 12:56 No.130 arrived at 12:57 with 8 saloons and the Observation car. Blanche returned at 13:14. The Garratt ran to the fuelling point and was noted running back and running round at 13:17. Blanche shunted its rake to the yard at 13:24 to clear the FR platform for the returning Fairlie. The Fairlie returned at 13:38 and Blanche ran round and shunted its rake from the yard to the WHR platform at 13:49 for the 13.55 departure which left on time. The Fairlie ran round at 14:02 and Welsh Pony arrived back at 14:17 with it short 5 coach rake and then ran light engine to refuel and water at 14:21.The Fairlie ran round at 14:04 and departed on time. Unusually the 14:55 Woodland Wanderer left at 14:46 ECS having been cancelled presumably because of lack of bookings.

First back towards the end of the day was Blanche at 16:12 with run round following at 16:18. At 16:24 Blanche left with the ECS just after No.130 arrived back at 16:22 in the WHR platform. The Garratt's train departed ECS at 16:35. The Fairlie was back at 17:40 and ran round at 17:57 before departing ECS at 18:00 to close the day's activities.

 

Alco competition 27/8/22

A group of up to 20 volunteers will be pulling the Alco across The Cob from Boston Lodge to Harbour Station on 27/8/22. Let's hope it is well oiled! The aim is to raise funds for the loco's restoration to working order. The loco has previously been used on the WHR both from the 1997 opening and again in 2000-2001 running to Waunfawr on lighter off season trains. The competition is to guess the transit time and a range of prizes are available. Full details are available on this website. The loco has been in store since February 2006 but plans were approved for its rebuild in March 2022.

 

F&WHR 7/8/22

Sunday was forecast to be a sunny day at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 19C. FIVE trains were planned from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and one Glaslyn Explorer train) while there was just ONE from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer). The first Mountain Spirit working was fully booked by 9am.

The first train of the day was No.130 which arrived at 09:34 with the Glaslyn Venturer. The skip train returned from the WHHR at 09:41 hauled by Moelwyn which waited in the WHR loop until the arrival of David Lloyd George with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit at 10:00. At 10:03 Moelwyn shunted the rake to the sea wall siding and remained in the yard until the afternoon after shunting towards the watering point. The Fairlie ran round at 10:14. Blanche arrived at 10:25 with the ECS for the Woodland Wanderer. Blanche had to wait until the Fairlie had cleared The Cob shunt limit before it could run round at 10:34 then departing on time.

No.130 arrived back at 12:57 followed by Blanche at 13:11, which allowed the Garratt to depart ECS at 13:13. Blanche then ran round at 13:23 and at 13:31 Moelwyn emerged from the yard with one bogie wagon.. At 13:33 Moelwyn was shunting the yard with a single wagon in the seawall siding as the Fairlie arrived into the WHR platform. The Fairlie ran round at 13:37 and Blanche departed at 13:57 with the afternoon Woodland Wanderer. At 14:02 Moelwyn departed with the wagon, skips and brakevan but a delay by the signal box blocked the Fairlie from running round for a while until 14:13. The PW train arrived at Minffordd at 14:25 wrong line, ready to shunt into the yard. The Fairlie departed Porthmadog at 14:30 with the afternoon Mountain Spirit.

 

This westerly view (7/8/22) shows Moelwyn arriving at Minffordd wrong line with the skip train ready to reverse into the yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was captured from a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

At 15:07 Moelwyn was back at Porthmadog FR platform with the bogie wagon and brakevan and ran round at 15:10 but was not observed departing before Blanche arrived back at 16:10 into the FR platform. Blanche ran round at 16:19 before departing ECS at 16:23. The Fairlie pulled in at 17:31 and ran round at 17:43. The final movement of the day saw the Fairlie depart ECS at 17:46.

 

Timetable w/c 8/8/22

This timetable contains the new Cwellyn service which may be extended to additional midweek days if successful marketed. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again for full size where available. This image is courtesy F&WHR.

 

F&WHR 6/8/22

Saturday 6/8/22 was forecast to be an improving day with temperatures of 18C. The service was planned to be a repeat of Friday's trains with ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and The Harbourmaster).

No.130 arrived at 09:16 with the ECS for The Harbourmaster. David Lloyd George arrived into the FR platform with the 10:30 Mountain Spirit at 10:01 and ran round at 10:08. Blanche arrived in the WHR platform at 10:19 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer, back to normal after yesterday afternoon's double headed England haulage. Run round came at 10:24 and both trains departed on time.

No.87 was back at 12:12 and detached and shunted to the yard to coal wand water. At 12:50 it completed its run round and was ready for the return journey to Caernarfon. At 13:05 Blanche arrived back and at 13:11 it shunted its rake to the station yard to clear the FR platform for the next arrival. At 13:38 the Fairlie arrived in the FR platform and Blanche shunted its rake out of the yard and back into the far end of the FR platform as soon as the signals cleared seconds later for the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer. Once Blanche has departed with the 13:55, the Fairlie was able to complete its run round at 14:01. The Garratt and the Fairlie both departed on time and the station fell quiet for a few hours.

Blanche arrived back at 16:13 and ran round at 16:29 before departing ECS at 16:33. Next back was No.130 which pulled in at 16:36 and departed ECS for the depot at 16:45. The final movements of the day saw the Fairlie return at 17:34, run round at 17:48 and depart ECS at 17:52.

Sunday saw the Woodland Wanderer reduced to two trips as on Friday and Saturday.

 

Beddgelert 4/8/22

This easterly view (4/8/22) shows No.130 taking water at Beddgelert  on the Glaslyn Venturer which overlaps with the Gelert Explorer at Beddgelert, this time hauled by No.87. These trains occasionally exchange locos when one needs a visit Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright David Carpenter was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 5/8/22

Friday 5/8/22 was forecast to be an improving day with temperatures of 17C after morning showers. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and The Harbourmaster). Today's first Woodland Wanderer was already fully booked as early as 12 hours in advance and both were fully booked by mid morning.

No.130 arrived at 09:13 with the ECS for The Harbourmaster. David Lloyd George arrived at 10:11 with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit into the FR platform. The loco ran round at 10:15. Welsh Pony arrived at 10:26 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer, running round at 10:36 after the Fairlie had departed. This was a change from Blanche which normally hauled the first Woodland Wanderer working.

No.87 arrived at 12:15 with the Snowdonia Star. The loco ran to the yard to fuel and water at 12:18 and was back on the train by 12:50 ready for the return journey. Welsh Pony returned at 13:07 and shunted to the yard at 13:16. at 13:47 Welsh Pony shunted to the far end of the FR platform as the Garratt was still in the WHR platform and not due to depart until 14:15, after the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer departure. At 13:36 the Fairlie arrived back in the FR platform and ran round at 14:10. No.87 departed at 14:16 and the Fairlie at 14:31. By the time the Woodland Wanderer got back to Tan-y-bwlch it had taken on a pilot, Palmerston, possibly out on test.

 

This westerly view (5/8/22) shows Palmerston piloting Welsh Pony on the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer. Presumably the extra loco was added at Boston Lodge curve as the rake left Porthmadog with just Welsh Pony on the front. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was captured from a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The afternoon lull in traffic at Porthmadog allowed a PW working when what was though to be Hugh Napier turned up light engine at 15:33 and departed from the seawall siding with three PW wagons at 16:13 immediately after Palmerston and Welsh Pony arrived. The pair ran round at 16:37 and departed ECS at 16:34 as No.130 arrived back from Caernarfon on the returning Harbourmaster. The Garratt departed ECS at 16:37. The Fairlie arrived back at 17:34 ran round at 17:59 and departed ECS at 18:04 as the last move of the day. 

 

This easterly view (5/8/22) shows Hugh Napier hauling a short train of PW wagons out of the seawall siding. These might be the two ex RAF four wheel Hudson wagons repainted recently during the Young Volunteers Training Week. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was captured from a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 4/8/22

Thursday 4/8/22 was forecast to be a day of improving weather with a sunny afternoon and a maximum temperature of 18C. The F&WHR continues to run the second rake on the Woodland Wanderer making four of these train services available. There were two trains from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the Cwellyn) and eight from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and two Glaslyn Venturer trains for the first time in a while). The first two Woodland Wanderer trains were fully booked by 0900 as was the afternoon Mountain Spirit. By early afternoon all four Woodland Wanderer were fully booked.

First up was No.130 at 09:24 with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer, running two trips today for the first time in a while. David Lloyd George was next, arriving into the FR platform at 10:01 with the ECS Mountain Spirit. The loco ran round at 10:07 and left on time. This was quickly followed by Blanche at 10:20 on the ECS Woodland Wanderer into the WHR platform with run round accomplished by 10:35 after the Mountain Spirit had left. It was back to Welsh Pony which arrived in the WHR platform at 11:23 with the ECS for the second Woodland Wanderer and ran round at 11:29 for the 11:55 departure.

The lunchtime movements saw No.130 arrive in the WHR platform at 12:55 with the returning Glaslyn Venturer which ran round at 13:00. Blanche arrived back at 13:16 and at 13:24 Blanche shunted its rake to the station yard, running round there at 13:38 as the Fairlie returned. Once the Garratt had departed and The Cob was clear Blanche shunted its rake to the WHR platform at 13:45 and departed on time. The Fairlie ran round at 14:05. Welsh Pony returned at 14:16 into the WHR platform and ran to the yard to coal and water at 14:21 before turning to the train at 14:40 ready for the final 14:55 Woodland Wanderer run of the day.

At 15:18 Harlech Castle arrived light engine and entered the yard to extract the empty coal wagons at 15:27. The loco was back at 16:29 with two loaded coal wagons and ran to the sea wall siding at 16:36 after depositing the wagons in the fuelling point. At 16:42 the diesel extracted 3 coaches from the seawall siding before replacing the Open and Bowsider back in the seawall siding at 16:53. The remaining coach was shunted onto the rake in the yard before the diesel departed light engine for the depot at 17:08. 

At 16:14 Blanche arrived back and ran round at 16:19 before departing ECS at 16:30. At 16:21 the Garratt rolled in with enthusiastic footplate staff waving at their friends watching on the webcam! As soon as The Cob section was clear the Garratt departed ECS at 16:40. Welsh Pony arrived back at 17:07 into the WHR platform. The loco ran to the yard at 17:11 to collect the two coaches formed up in the middle road by the diesel. These were shunted onto the head end of the rake which departed ECS at 17:38 after Fairlie's arrival at 17:35. The Fairlie ran round at 1746 and departed ECS at 17:51 as the last move of the day.

 

This easterly view (4/8/22) shows Harlech Castle hauling the weekly coal delivery to Harbour Station at 16:29 while No.130 waits to run the ECS Glaslyn Venturer back to Boston Lodge. The diesel was subsequently used to shunt the yard.  Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was ten on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

More Russell Video

Simon Roberts of Steaming Around Yorkshire Films has provided a link to his latest production featuring the WHR 100 event. Click on this YouTube link to watch (353) Welsh Highland Railway 100: South Snowdon - 30th & 31st July 2022 - YouTube.

 

Former Star Picture

This westerly view (26/3/22) shows David Lloyd George hauling the 10:30 Mountain Spirit (see headboard) passing Minffordd station with the first train of the new season. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 3/8/22

Wednesday 3/8/22 was forecast to be a day of sunny periods and maximum temperature of 18C. The F&WHR continues to run the second rake on the Woodland Wanderer making four of these train services available. There were two trains from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the Cwellyn) and seven from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and a Glaslyn Venturer). All four Woodland Wanderer trains were fully booked by midday as was the afternoon Mountain Spirit. It is surprising that the Glaslyn Venturer is not as well booked as the FR trains when price sensitive passengers turn up at Booking Office and find the Woodland Wanderer (£25) is fully booked for the day. Their options are Glaslyn Venturer (£35) and Mountain Spirit (£40). One has to wonder if Booking Office staff are reminding people about the WHR's Glaslyn Venturer which last year often ran twice a day in the peak period.

First up was David Lloyd George arriving into the FR platform at 09:47 with the ECS Mountain Spirit. The loco ran round at 10:11 and left on time. This was quickly followed by Blanche at 10:15 on the ECS Woodland Wanderer into the WHR platform with run round accomplished by 10:21. Just for a change Prince then arrived in the FR platform at 11:25 with the ECS for the second Woodland Wanderer and ran round at 11:37 for the 11:55.

The lunchtime movements saw No.130 arrive in the WHR platform at 12:52 with the ECS Glaslyn Venturer. Blanche arrived back at 13:17 and at 13:30 Blanche shunted its rake to the station yard. At 13:41 the Fairlie returned into the FR platform as the Garratt departed and Blanche ran round. Once The Cob was clear Blanche shunted its rake to the WHR platform to depart about 5 minutes late at 13:58. Prince returned at 14:23 into the WHR platform and The Fairlie ran round at 14:02 before departing at 14:32. Prince arrived at 14:13 and ran to the yard to coal and water at 14:22. At 14:43 it returned to its train for the final 14:55 Woodland Wanderer run of the day.

At 16:18 Blanche arrived back and ran round at 16:29 before departing ECS at 16:31. At 16:21 the Garratt rolled in and as soon as The Cob section was clear the Garratt departed ECS at 16:41. Prince arrived back at 17:09 into the WHR platform, running round at 17:15 and departing ECS at 17:18. The Fairlie arrived back into the FR platform at 17:35. The last moves of the day saw the Fairlie run round at 17:49 and depart ECS at 17:54 to close the day's activities.

Friday's train services will see 2 Woodland Wanderer trains and the first is again fully booked a day in advance.

 

Moving Pictures No.69 3/8/22

Click on the YouTube link to watch 22 minutes 58 seconds of video covering the WHR 100 Event. This video was published on 3/8/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional 4K Betamax camcorder.

 

F&WHR 2/8/22

Tuesday 2/8/22 was forecast to be a cloudy day with rain in the morning and maximum temperatures of 18C. The F&WHR continues to run the second rake on the Woodland Wanderer making four of these train services available. There were two trains from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the Cwellyn) and seven from Porthmadog (four Woodland Wanderer trains, two Mountain Spirit trains and a Glaslyn Venturer). The first two Woodland Wanderer trains were fully booked as was the Cwellyn by 09:00 showing the appeal of cheaper fares to family groups during the school summer holidays.

A decision has been made to extend the Cwellyn services to additional days of operation in view of their success. The Cwellyn was initially advertised as TThO but will operate additionally on Wednesday this week. It will be interesting to see if this becomes regular in the weeks ahead or if there is any further extension to other days. By midday all four Woodland Wanderer trains, the 13:55, was shown as sold out as was the 14:30 Mountain Spirit. However there was still room on the 13:40 Glaslyn Venturer and families on a budget could book a cheaper partial journey to Nantmor (for a short walk to Pont Aberglaslyn) or Pont Croesor (for the RSPB centre).

First up was David Lloyd George arriving into the FR platform at 10:05 with the Mountain Spirit. The loco ran round at 10:10 and left on time. This was quickly followed by Blanche at 10:18 on the Woodland Wanderer into the WHR platform with run round accomplished by 10:23. Welsh Pony then arrived in the FR platform at 11:25 and ran round at 11:33 for the 11:55 Woodland Wanderer. However the loco removed the rear two coaches and shunted them to the seawall siding at 11:39. Lightening the load reduces coal consumption and in this case the rake was left with 5 saloons.

The lunchtime movements saw No.130 arrive in the WHR platform at 12:33 with the ECS Glaslyn Venturer. Blanche arrived back at 13:22 and at 13:29 Blanche shunted its rake to the station yard and at 13:39 the Fairlie returned into the FR platform. At 13:40 No.130 departed as Blanche ran round. The Fairlie returned at 13:51 into the FR platform and once The Cob was clear Blanche shunted its rake to the WHR platform to depart about 5 minutes late at 14:00. Welsh Pony returned at 14:23 into the WHR platform and the Fairlie ran round at the same time. Welsh Pony was ran round at 14:30 ready for the final 14:55 Woodland Wanderer run of the day.

No.130 arrived back at 16:16 followed by Blanche at 16:26. As soon as The Cob section was clear the Garratt departed ECS at 16:27 and Blanche ran round at 16:30 before departing ECS at 16:36. Welsh Pony arrived back at 17:17 into the WHR platform, running round at 17:27. The Fairlie arrived back into the FR platform at 17:42 and Welsh Pony departed ECS as soon as the signals cleared a minute later. The last moves of the day saw the Fairlie run round at 18:07 and depart ECS at 18:10 to close the day's activities on what had been a dull day weatherwise.

Traffic is certainly increasing on the F&WHR as tomorrow's first two Woodland Wanderer trains and the afternoon Mountain Spirit were fully booked by 19:00 today.

 

Emma's return to WHHR 1/8/22

This easterly view (1/8/22) shows Emma returning to the WHHR crossing Bryn-y-felin bridge. This was the other WHHR Hunslet to be based at Dinas over WHR 100. The air braked loco was the nominated thunderbird rescue loco for Russell's train but was not needed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Russell's return to the WHHR 31/7/22

Several images and videos have come to hand covering the return of rolling stock to the WHHR. Thanks are due to the WHHR's Andrew Goodwin who joined the train at Rhyd Ddu after being supervisor at the Tremadog Road end of the WHR 100 Event all day. Russell took water from the heritage tank at Beddgelert offering an historical recreation tableau of 1930s scenes that several photographers took advantage of. The delay was caused by having to line up the small tank's delivery arm with the inlet on the top of Russell's tank. As Russell now faces south there are new photographic opportunities at the WHHR.

 

This easterly view (31/7/22) shows Russell taking water from the heritage tank at Beddgelert during its ECS return to the WHHR. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Click on the YouTube link to watch 28 minutes 19 seconds of video covering the ECS Russell return journey from Dinas to the WHHR on 31/7/22 taken from the train and its disposal at Porthmadog with the aid of Gelert. This video was published on 1/8/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by Mark Herbert (WHHR) on a camcorder.

 

Click on the YouTube link to watch 11 minute 58 seconds of video covering the ECS Russell return journey from Dinas to the WHHR on 31/7/22 (first 3 mins) and earlier coverage of the WHR 100 Event. This video was published on 1/8/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by Lee Davies (preservedrailway) on a camcorder.

 

F&WHR 1/8/22

Monday 1/8/22 was forecast to be a day with light cloud and rain in the evening. The F&WHR expanded services today by running a second rake on the Woodland Wanderer making four of these train services available possibly for the first time this year, now the school holidays are in full swing.

First up was David Lloyd George arriving into the FR platform at 09:56 with the Mountain Spirit. The loco ran round at 10:01 and left on time. This was quickly followed by Blanche at 10:16 on the Woodland Wanderer into the WHR platform with run round accomplished by 10:21. Welsh Pony then arrived in the FR platform at 11:30 and ran round at 11:35 for the new 11:55 Woodland Wanderer departure.

The lunchtime movements saw No.130 arrive in the WHR platform at 12:58 with the Glaslyn Venturer. Palmerston then put in a appearance in the WHR loop line at 13:04 returning its heritage rake from the WHR 100 Event. Surprisingly the loco was hauling a wagon filled with ballast with the coaches on the rear, quite a load for the little loco on the 1 in 80 climb to Rhyd Ddu!

 

This easterly view (1/8/22) shows Palmerston with its 3 coach heritage train arriving back at Porthmadog from Dinas with a wagon loaded with ballast in the rake. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Blanche arrived back at 13:14 allowing Palmerston to cross The Cob when the section was clear. At 13:20 Blanche shunted its rake to the station yard and at 13:39 the Fairlie returned into the FR platform. At 13:41 No.130 departed as Blanche, which had in the meantime run round, went forwards with its rake onto The Cob. Now the platform was clear Blanche set back into the WHR platform by 13:46. Welsh Pony returned at 14:16 and ran to the yard at 14:19 to refuel and water while the Fairlie ran round. Welsh Pony was back with the rake by 14:38 and ready for a possible record fourth Woodland Wanderer run of the day.

 

This easterly view (1/8/22) shows Welsh Pony returning with the second run of the Woodland Wanderer. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Blanche arrived back at 16:13 and ran round at 16:22 as No.130 arrived back. Blanche departed ECS at 16:29 and No.130 followed ECS at 16:48. Welsh Pony arrived back at 17:11 into the WHR platform, running round at 17:14 and departing ECS at 17:37. Rain began to set in immediately after the Fairlie arrived back at 17:37. The last moves of the day saw the Fairlie run round at 17:50 and depart ECS at 1752 in rather wet conditions.

 

Russell returned facing south 31/7/22

Photographers had a treat at the culmination of the WHR 100 event when Russell returned to the WHR at Pen-y-Mount with the loco facing south. The weather had been dire at times on Saturday and Sunday morning but cleared up nicely in the afternoon. After its last duty at Dinas arriving back about 16:00, the loco propelled its rake around the corner past the Loco Shed to allow No.87 to run round its shuttle and depart at 16:15. Russell then ran to the refuelling point to top up with water and coal for the long journey back to the WHHR before running round and departing on time at 16:35. Many volunteers were invited to join the train back to the WHHR and other positioned themselves along the line to take photos, particularly south of Rhyd Ddu, as the sun came out strongly in the afternoon. Sadly the sun was in the northwest so many locations featured illumination of the side of the train but not the front. The WHHR's thunderbird diesel Emma was retained at Dinas until the special had passed the summit and was due to follow later. Having turned the loco via a low loaded at Dinas and the loco retaining its orientation on return to the WHHR a whole new set of WHHR photo opportunities will now present themselves.

 

This northerly view (31/7/22) shows Russell passing through dappled light with its 4 coach heritage rake passing Hafod Ruffydd crossing at 17:47. The rapid tree growth since the replanting around 2000 has turned this section into a green tunnel much like many sections of the FR used to be. Spare rails are still stored just north of the crossing. There is a length in open fields just south of the crossing with a footpath crossing of the line from Hafod Ruffydd Ganol farmhouse. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (31/7/22) shows Russell passing through Aberglaslyn Pass with its 4 coach heritage rake at 18:26 after a protracted water stop at Beddgelert from the heritage tank. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

New timetable leaflet details 31/7/22

The F&WHR has responded to passengers requests and published a timetable leaflet. Not everyone is on line or can access on line timetables when they are on holiday. Some new details appear on the timetable and some times changed, in particular the Woodland Wanderer has changed to an XX:55 standard departure time.. As regards the Woodland Wanderer the grey columns indicate the second set which might be activated if passenger numbers justify. This can run as one or two trips departing at 11:55 and 14:55. The Mountain Spirit is amended with the two train service running daily with the exception of the 14:30 which does not run Sundays. Both the FSO WHR through trains, The Harbourmaster and Snowdonia Star are shown as 'Additional trains may be added according to demand' but additional trains cannot be added on any single day so this must apply to additional DAYS in a week but that then would clash with the Gelert Explorer so there is some doubt about the meaning of this phrase!

The Glaslyn Venturer is marked as 10:15 SuO working and a 13:40 working FSSuX. However both paths are available FSX if demand justifies the extra train running. The new WHR TThO Cwellyn service is shown as 'Additional trains may be run according to demand'. The General Manager hinted this might include additional 'midweek days' i.e. Wednesdays, but there is nothing to prevent the train being used on Sunday/Monday too. However pathing this train on Fridays and Saturdays might be more difficult with the through WHR trains on the line.

 

This timetable contains the latest summer timetable details valid 23/7/22-2/9/22. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again for full size where available. This image is courtesy F&WHR.

 

F&WHR timetable w/c 1/8/22

This timetable contains the new Cwellyn service which may be extended to additional midweek days if successful marketed. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again for full size where available. This image is courtesy F&WHR.

 

Webmaster's holiday

Your webmaster is taking a break to visit the WHR 100 Event for the next few days. Normal service will be resumed on Monday 1/8/22.

 

Palmerston departs for WHR 100 event 29/7/22

While Russell went to Dinas understandably early to test out operational procedures on the FR, Palmerston, which has appeared on the WHR before, left for Dinas today, departing Porthmadog with a very short 3 coach rake including a brake coach No.10 and saloons Nos.23/24. The timing load indicates the WHHR are confident that Russell, with its four coach rake, is more powerful than Palmerston.

 

This easterly view (29/7/22) shows Palmerston with its 3 coach heritage train departing Porthmadog for Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 29/7/22

The forecast was for sunny periods at Porthmadog and 21C maximum temperatures. There was ONE trains from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and The Harbourmaster train). It seems the holiday peak is continuing as the Woodland Wanderer train was fully booked in the morning. The Harbourmaster standard fares were initially not present on the Fareharbor system, which might indicate Sold Out, but Gold and Beddgelert tickets for this train were available. Saturday's through trains on the WHR have been suspended as well Sunday's Gelert Explorer as the WHR Dinas to Rhyd Ddu section is being used both days for WHR 100 events.

First up today was No.130 which rolled into the WHR at 09:05 with the ECS for 09:40 The Harbourmaster. David Lloyd George arrived with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit at 10:12 and ran round at 10:16 as Blanche approached with the ECS for the Woodland Wanderer. Blanche arrived in the WHR platform at 10:21 and ran round at 10:37 after the Fairlie had departed.

 

Weather for WHR 100 Event

The Met Office is forecasting overcast weather around the WHR 100 Event and even some drizzle Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning might see some heavy rain but improving a little by Sunday afternoon with sunshine possible.

New Premier Inn advert

'Right next to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, with views of Black Rock Sands Beach on one side and the peaks of Snowdonia on the other.' While better than previous attempts, the new Porthmadog Premier Inn advert might be a bit misleading to describe the views of Porthmadog Harbour/Glaslyn Estuary as 'Black Rock Sands Beach, which begins at Ynys Cyngar, about 2 miles distant and around a headland.

 

WHR History

IT’S HISTORY WEEK AND THE F&WHR IS CELEBRATING AN HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY

The first themed week of the #LoveYourRailway campaign is all about - History - which is good timing, as this weekend the F&WHR starts the Welsh Highland Railway Centenary celebrations! 100 years ago, the former North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway reopened under new management as the Welsh Highland Railway - running trains between Dinas and South Snowdon (now known as Rhyd Ddu). This weekend will see the F&WHR re-enacting the original timetable, with vintage trains using original (and replica) stock.

The only surviving original Welsh Highland Railway steam locomotive, 1906 Hunslet 2-6-2T Russell, will be hauling a heritage train of carriages from its home base at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog. A second train will use the F&WHR's 1864 England 0-4-0STT Palmerston and F&WHR heritage carriages - this loco was used during the construction of the NWNGR in 1876, working out of Dinas, then in 1922 worked for William McAlpine on the Welsh Highland Railway construction further south.

There will be plenty to keep visitors occupied over the weekend, in addition to the Russell and Palmerston Heritage Trains, there will be an Evening Photo Charter, a vintage shuttle bus service, Footplate Rides, Model Layouts, Photo Exhibitions, pre-1939 Vintage Car displays, Catering Vans, a Cake stand and a Real Ale Bar.

There will also be complementary activities at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog over the weekend. Further information on this event can be found on the website; WHR 100 Event.

Historical note:

The North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway completed the section of line from Dinas to Rhyd Ddu in 1881, which was subsequently taken over by the Welsh Highland Railway in 1922. The new company re-activated a 1914 Light Railway Order in order to complete the 'missing' link between Rhyd-Ddu and Porthmadog which had been partially completed in 1906 by the Porthmadog Beddgelert and South Snowdon Railway. The WHR finally opened in its entirety in 1923 (which will be celebrated with a further Centenary event next year.) Sadly, after a somewhat turbulent financial and operational history the railway closed in 1937 and was scrapped in World War 2.

The railway has always held a special attraction among railway enthusiasts, who were keen to see it rebuilt for modern day tourists to enjoy. After many years of effort by various groups and individuals, along with generous grants from EU Regional Funding programmes, the aspirations of the directors of the NWNGR were finally realised in 2010, when the ‘Rheilffordd Eryri/Welsh Highland Railway’ was opened all the way from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.

 

F&WHR 28/7/22

Wednesday was planned to be a repeat of Tuesday's services. The forecast was for a cloudy day at Porthmadog and 18C maximum temperatures. There were TWO trains from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the new Cwellyn Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu service) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). It seems the holiday peak has arrived as both Woodland Wanderer trains were fully booked in the morning but it did not appear that there was any attempt to add the additional set for the Woodland Wanderer as there was room on both the Mountain Spirit trains and the Glaslyn Venturer.

Surprisingly the new 12:30 Cwellyn service was also fully booked very early today. This service carries an additional coach for hop on-hop off passengers to join/get off at intermediate stations, such as Waunfawr, if room allows, like all other F&WHR services except the Woodland Wanderer. If this train is successful without abstraction from the Gelert Explorer, its operation may be reviewed after the first week and extended from TThO as currently planned to TWThO.

First up today was David Lloyd George which pulled in at 10:02 with the ECS Mountain Spirit and the loco ran round at 10:13. Blanche arrived at 10:17 with the Woodland Wanderer and ran round at 10:22.

The lunchtime rush saw No.130 arrive in the WHR platform at 12:58 with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer. Blanche arrived at 13:02 with the returning Woodland Wanderer. Blanche shunted the rake into the yard at 13:20 and back into the WHR platform at 13:46 shortly after the Garratt vacated it. The Fairlie was then able to complete its run round at 13:58 in preparation for the 14:30 Mountain Spirit

At the end of the day Blanche arrived back in the FR platform at 16:15. No.130 rolled back into the WHR platform at 16:22 as Blanche ran round. Blanche departed with the ECS at 16:26 and the Garratt followed ECS at 16:36 after The Cob section was clear. The Fairlie arrived back at 17:38, ran round at 17:47 and departed ECS at 17:49 to end the day's activities.

 

Russell 24/7/22

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell with its heritage train having arrived at Dinas. The group of WHHR staff who made the transfer possible in gathered in front of the loco. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Race the Train 20/7/22

The annual Race the Train event was run on 20/7/22 with No.87 hauling the competitors to Dinas in the evening and pacing the runners downhill to Caernarfon. A childrens' race from Hendy level crossing was run first, after the Gelert Explorer had returned, again with the train pacing the children.

 

F&WHR 27/7/22

Wednesday was forecast to be a day with sunny periods later at Porthmadog and 18C maximum temperatures. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). Yesterday's Cwellyn train ran nearly full but a decision on extending the service to Wednesdays as well seems to have been put off until next week as the timetable remains TThO at the moment. This may be to check for any abstraction from the Gelert Explorer service which has higher fares, though it was fully booked on Tuesday despite the inaugural Cwellyn service. On the FR the Woodland Wanderer could also abstract income from the higher fare Mountain Spirit which might explain why the spare set has not yet been activated.

It seems the holiday peak has arrived as both Woodland Wanderer and both Mountain Spirit trains were again fully booked this morning but it did not appear that there was any attempt to add the additional set for the two extra Woodland Wanderer paths. There may be an issue of staff resources as there appear to be a few serviceable locos available e.g. Prince. Presumably passengers who found all the FR trains booked could switch to the Glaslyn Venturer.

First up today was David Lloyd George with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit which arrived in the FR platform at 09:58. The loco ran round at 10:10. Next was Blanche with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer which arrived in the WHR platform at 10:21 and ran round at 10:35 after the Mountain Spirit had departed.

At 13:00 No.130 rolled in with the ECS for the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer. If traffic grows this will be supplemented by a morning working too. Blanche arrived back at 13:15 and notable in the rake in replica NWNGR coach No.24, which some might have thought would be included with WHR coach No.23 in Palmerston's rake at the WHR 100 Event this weekend as the event celebrates the reopening of the NWNGR section of the line from Dinas to Rhyd Ddu. Blanche shunted the rake to the yard at 13:20 and ran round at 13:40 as the Fairlie arrived back. At 13:43 the rake was shunted to the WHR platform for the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer which left on time. The Fairlie ran round at 14:09 ready for the 14:30 Mountain Spirit.

First back was Blanche at 16:08. At 16:22 No.130 returned while Blanche ran round. Blanche departed with the ECS at 16:25 and No.130 followed at 16:37 with the ECS Glaslyn Venturer. The Fairlie returned and 17:32 and ran round at 17:48. The final movements of the day came when the ECS departed at 17:51.

 

Moving Pictures No.68 26/7/22

Click on the YouTube link to watch 18 minute 05 seconds of video covering the rather wet ECS Russell journey to Dinas on 24/7/22 and the annual Race the Train event on 20/7/22. This video was published on 26/7/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional 4K Betamax camcorder.

 

'Love your railway' returns!

On 25/7/22, the F&WHR kicked off another 6-week #LoveYourRailway campaign to raise awareness of the importance of heritage railways. The railway is looking forward to welcoming visitors to North Wales for a busy season, and over the Summer period the railway will be teaming up with some of the much-loved railways across the UK to celebrate all that makes heritage railways so very special. Keep a lookout as each week of #LoveYourRailway is themed on social media and will feature inspiring stories, facts, statistics, stunning imagery and content for supporters to like, share and get involved in. Make sure to get involved by sharing your photos, memories and any stories that show why you love the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - just add them on social media with the tag #LoveYourRailway.

 

New Chris Magner Cambrian Coast Line book

Chris Magner has just brought out 'The CAMBRIAN COAST LINE -the story of those who fought for the Railway'.  Fully illustrated 120 plus pages.  £16.50 inc postage details from Chris Magner, 21 Dunval Road, Bridgnorth.  WV16 4NA. Also available from WHHR bookshop.

 

F&WHR 26/7/22

Tuesday was forecast to be an improving day with sunny periods later at Porthmadog and 17C maximum temperatures. The expected summer holiday rush has not impacted the F&WHR yet with a subdued Monday service planned. There were TWO trains from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer and the new Cwellyn Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu service) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). It seems the holiday peak has arrived as both Woodland Wanderer and both Mountain Spirit trains were fully booked in the morning but it did not appear that there was any attempt to add the additional set for the Woodland Wanderer. Presumably passengers who found all the FR trains booked could switch to the Glaslyn Venturer. Surprisingly the Gelert Explorer was also fully booked so it is just as well that the new Cwellyn service ran today. Lyd was confirmed as the haulage for the 12:30 Cwellyn service. If this is successful without abstraction from other services, its operation may be extended from TThO as currently planned to TWThO.

The first train of the day was the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit hauled by David Lloyd George which arrived into the FR platform at 09:57. Blanche arrived with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer into the WHR platform at 10:23 as the Fairlie ran round. The Woodland Wanderer rake used had changed today and the rear coach was No.113 not the two brake coaches Nos.11/12 used on the rear of the normal set. Blanche waited for the Mountain Spirit to depart before running round at 10:35.

No.130 pulled in with the ECS for the 13:40 Glaslyn Venturer at 12:59. Blanche arrived back at 13:11 and shunted its rake to the yard at 13:20 to make space for the returning Mountain Spirit in the FR platform. The Fairlie arrived in the FR platform at 13:40 as the Garratt departed. Blanche then ran round and at 13:43 shunted the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer to the WHR platform in good time to load the throng waiting in the sunshine on the platform at 13:47. The Fairlie ran round at 14:13 to prepare for the 14:30 Mountain Spirit.

Blanche arrived back at 16:08, ran round at 16:17 and disposed the ECS, departing at 16:22, just 2 minutes after the Garratt returned. The Garratt then left ECS for Boston Lodge at 16:33. The final train of the day was the Fairlie returning at 17:32, running round at 17:42 and departing ECS for the depot at 17:49 to close the day's activities.

 

Russell video 24/7/22

Click on the YouTube link to watch 15 minute 26 seconds of video covering the rather wet ECS Russell journey to Dinas on 24/7/22, some pacing and an extended set of views of shunting at Dinas. This video was published using Power Director on 25/7/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by Mark Herbert (WHHR) on a camcorder.

 

Family Days at Dinas 30-31/7/22

In order to maximise the potential of the WHR 100 Event, this coming weekend is also being marketed as Family Days at Dinas.

The first Welsh Highland Centenary event is on this weekend at Dinas station - so come along and help the F&WHR celebrate! Ride the convenient shuttle train from Caernarfon where there is plenty of parking to Dinas, where visitors will find plenty to entertain the whole family.

Combined Shuttle & Dinas Entry tickets are on sale at Caernarfon Station during the weekend - only £10 per Adult and £1 per Child

Shuttle trains leave Caernarfon @ 11:10, 12:30, 14:05, 15:40, 17:00

Trains back to Caernarfon leave @ 11:55, 13:15, 14:50, 16:15, 17:35

 

F&WHR 25/7/22

Monday was forecast to be an overcast day at Porthmadog with 17C maximum temperatures. The expected summer holiday rush has not impacted the F&WHR yet with a subdued Monday service planned. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). Both Woodland Wanderer were fully booked in the morning but there was no attempt to add the additional set. Presumably passengers for Tan-y-bwlch who found the Woodland Wanderer fully booked could buy hop off tickets on the Mountain Spirit and have a longer break there.

The FR services are looking very familiar with regulars David Lloyd George and Blanche despite the availability of 3 England engines. On the other hand Merddin Emrys is no longer available as it is apparently in Boston Lodge with cab and tanks off for serious firebox repairs. First up today was David Lloyd George arriving at 10:03 with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit which ran round at 10:10. Blanche arrived at 10:12 sufficiently early to run round at 10:18 without impacting the departure of the Mountain Spirit.

No.130 arrived at 12:37 into the WHR platform for the 13:40 Glaslyn Venturer. This train always seems to arrive an hour before departure time, maybe to allow the crew to have some lunch? Blanche returned somewhat later than normal at 13:25 and ran round at 13:37 ready for the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer departure from the FR platform. After passing Tan-y-bwlch eastbound at 11:09, the Woodland Wanderer did not reappear there at 13:00 or arrive back at Porthmadog at 13:35! The mystery was solved when it was revealed the Fairlie hit a fallen branch. The loco was detached and ran towards Blaenau Ffestiniog to collect a man with a chainsaw at Tan-y-grisiau. Upnor Castle came up to Dduallt. Upnor Castle did pass through Tan-y-bwlch westbound light engine at 13:21.

 

This easterly view (25/7/22) shows David Lloyd George stopped at what appears to be Dingle curve on The Deviation with a fallen branch lodged between the Observation car and the loco. The loco then detaches to remove the obstruction. Other than a few scrapes there was no damage and the train was able to fulfill its diagram after a delay to clear the line and check the rolling stock. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Rowan Griffiths and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The Fairlie was noted passing through Tan-y-bwlch at 14:57 some 2 hours late and passing Blanche which had arrived about 20 minutes earlier with the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer. By 15:00 there were a large number of people waiting on the platform for the delayed 14:30 Mountain Spirit, fortunately in the sunshine. The Fairlie rolled in at 15:35 and promptly detached to coal and water. Meanwhile the passengers dispersed after their 5 hour marathon, some 2 hours late. The Fairlie ran round at 15:48 and departed at 15:51 with the 14:30 Mountain Spirit (some 81 minutes late) passing the returning Woodland Wanderer at Minffordd at 16:00.

Blanche arrived back first at 16:12 and ran round at 16:20 as the Garratt rolled in before departing ECS at 16:26. Meanwhile the Fairlie departed Tan-y-bwlch at 16:30, some 75 minutes late, heading for Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Garratt left Porthmadog ECS for the depot at 16:37. The Fairlie passed returned through Tan-y-bwlch at 18:04, some 69 minutes late by cutting back the stop at Blaenau Ffestiniog, departing just 1 minute later. The Mountain Spirit arrived back at Porthmadog at 18:39, some 64 minutes late. Run round came at 18:53 and the ECS departed for the depot at 18:55 to close the day's activities.

The KMX returned to Porthmadog from the WHR during the course of the day presumably after tamping part of the WHR in preparation for the WHR 100 Event and ended up parked outside the old Loco Shed.

 

Russell goes to Dinas 24/7/22

Russell covered the remaining sections of the WHR between Pen-y-Mount and Dinas through Rhyd Ddu during the afternoon of 24/7/22. This was probably the  first time for the loco between Beddgelert and Waunfawr since the line closed in 1936. There were some ECS movements in 19/6/1937 and 21/6/1937 when it was clear the FR would not be offering Summer services that year and Russell moved WHR rolling stock from Boston Lodge to Dinas.

Maybe the day was chosen because of wet conditions which would reduce fire risk on the 1 in 40 Beddgelert Forest section. The WHHR's Andrew Goodwin was on hand to cover the ECS stock transfer as was the F&WHR's Chris Parry (thanks to both for images). Next week the loco will be reversed to run chimney first from Dinas up to Rhyd Ddu by using a low loader fitted with rails and reversing it in Dinas North Yard. Test runs to Rhyd Ddu are likely this week and the provision of an air brake fitted rescue diesel cannot be ruled out but the replica brake coach No.8 is dual fitted.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell being prepared to haul its epic journey to Dinas with the ECS heritage rake for the WHR 100 Event as seen at Gelert's Farm depot. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS WHHR heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event as seen crossing Pont Croesor bridge in atrocious weather. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event approaching Bryn-y-felin bridge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event passing through the Beddgelert Forest in the rain. This is believed to be the first time the loco has reached here since the line's closure in 1936. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post =processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event arriving at Rhyd Ddu in the rain. This is believed to be the first time the loco has reached here since the line's closure in 1936 and the ECS movements of 1937. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event waiting at Rhyd Ddu in the rain for the token. This is believed to be the first time the loco has reached here since the line's closure in 1936. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event arriving at Rhyd Ddu in the rain. This is believed to be the first time the loco has reached here since the line's closure in 1936. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event departing Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event approaching Plas-y-nant. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event passing Plas-y-nant. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event passing Waunfawr. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event approaching Waunfawr. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake to Dinas for the WHR 100 Event approaching Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell shunting at Dinas after hauling the ECS heritage rake for the WHR 100 Event. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (24/7/22) shows Russell hauling the ECS heritage rake and arriving at Dinas for the WHR 100 Event. Vale of Ffestiniog is visible in the yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 24/7/22

Sunday was forecast to be an overcast day at Porthmadog with occasional drizzle and 19C maximum temperatures. The expected summer holiday rush has not impacted the F&WHR yet with a subdued Sunday service planned. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FOUR trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, a morning Mountain Spirit train and the morning Glaslyn Venturer train). The 13:55 Woodland Wanderer was fully booked in the morning.

No.130 turned up ECS at 09:18 for the 10:15 Glaslyn Venturer. This was followed by David Lloyd George at 10:01 with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit, running round at 10:10. Once the Garratt departed, Blanche followed into the WHR platform with the ECS for the 10:55 but was a little too late to run round. It ran round at 10:35 after the Mountain Spirit had cleared station limits.

A surprise visitor at 11:30 was Lyd with a 5 coach rake heading for Dinas. This might be the train being used in the new Cwellyn service starting Tuesday 26/7/22. It consisted of coach No.106, a saloon, a brake coach another saloon and Observation Car No.101 on the rear. The train departed at 11:53 for Dinas. The Garratt arrived back at 12:56 in poor weather and Blanche followed at 13:10. The Garratt left ECS at 13:13 as the WHR path was required by Russell and its Heritage rake which was booked to depart Pen-y-Mount at 14:00 for Dinas, following the Gelert Explorer's return journey.

Blanche ran round at 13:33 ready for the 13:55 departure while the Fairlie arrived back in the WHR platform at 13:38. The Fairlie ran to the fuelling and watering point in the station yard at 13:44 and returned to complete the run round at 14:04 before departing ECS at 14:14. The weather had improved a little by the end of the afternoon when Blanche returned at 16:07. Run round came at 16:14 and the ECS departed at 16:19 to close the day.

 

WHR 100 Event preparations 23/7/22

This westerly view (23/7/22) shows Russell in service with the heritage rake. The loco was due to make its way to Dinas the following day with the rake for use at the WHR 100 Event. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Reopening Aberystwyth-Carmarthen link latest

Reopening the Aberystwyth-Carmarthen rail ink is included in the latest Welsh National Transport plan which is out for consultation. The scheme is now defined as the Swansea-Aberystwyth Rail Link which may mean a switch in focus to using the Central Wales line to Llandeilo and about 20 miles of new construction between there and Lampeter following the Dulais and Cothi/Twrch valleys through Talley and Ffarmers to a short 1km summit tunnel under the Cambrian mountains close to Lampeter. This route has been surveyed many times in the past for proposed Victorian railways which came to nothing and avoids the displacement of the Gwili Railway between Carmarthen and Llanpumsaint whilst providing a shorter direct route between Aberystwyth and Swansea (missing out Carmarthen).

Strangely the project is appraised as negative on Landscape/Heritage/Ecosystems even though it is acknowledged to provide new public transport opportunities and reduce car travel! Harking back to the route's closure after flooding in the Ystwyth valley in February 1965, the project brief states the development and route selection of the Swansea to Aberystwyth Rail link should consider resilience to flooding and coastal erosion, as well as to extreme weather events, with the route avoiding coastlines where possible. No part of the line as currently proposed runs along the Cambrian Coast.

The Aberystwyth-Swansea rail link timeline sees research to define the project 2022-5 and joint funding of the necessary outline design and powers 2025-7. Previous feasibility projects have been conducted and are available on line on the TRAWS website. The new WAG documents can be viewed on line and an online form allows feedback. Consultation comes to an end on 11/10/22. The documents can be downloaded here. Sadly reopening the Bangor-Afonwen missing rail link does not feature in the document which focusses largely on South Wales, an often criticised aspect of WAG, which is based in Cardiff.

 

Timetable w/c 25/7/72

Click on the image to enlarge. Click again for full size where available. This image is courtesy F&WHR.

 

F&WHR 23/7/22

Saturday was forecast to be a rainy day at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 18C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the Harbourmaster train). Despite it being the first weekend of the school summer holidays only two Woodland Wanderer trains are planned.

No.130 arrived at 09:02 with the ECS for the 09:40 Harbourmaster through train to Caernarfon. With the drizzle creating good condensation steam effects David Lloyd George arrived with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit at 10:05. The Fairlie ran round at 10:15 as Blanche approached the WHR platform at 10:21 with the ECS 10:55 Woodland Wanderer. Blanche had a tight run round at 10:27 minutes before the Mountain Spirit departed.

No.87 pulled in at 12:15 with the Snowdonia Star, uncoupled and ran to the station yard to coal and water at 12:20. At 12:55 the loco ran round its train prior to the return of Blanche at 13:15. The loco shunted its rake to the sidings at 13:24 leaving the FR platform clear for the Fairlie's return at 13:43. Blanche ran round at 13:45 and propelled its rake into the far end of the FR platform by 13:51 just in time for the 13:55 departure which left 3 minutes late! The Fairlie ran round at 14:15. Diesel Harlech Castle arrived in the FR yard at 14:18 with two coal wagons. It later emerged from the yard  at 14:35 and departed at 14:45 light engine back to Boston Lodge.

At the end of the afternoon Blanche returned at 16:15 and ran round at 16:22, still in wet conditions before departing ECS at 16:27. The Garratt arrived at 16:37 and departed ECS at 16:52. The final working was the Fairlie arriving back at 17:36 and running round at 17:49 before departing ECS at 17:53 to close a very wet day at Porthmadog!

 

Preparations for WHR 100 Event

The WHR 100 Event is just a week away and final preparations for the event are underway. Sometime in the next few days, Palmerston and another small FR engine will make their way to Dinas along with an FR 'Colonel Stephens' rake (presumably including Nos.23/24). Palmerston will be used on two of the four workings each day from Dinas to Rhyd Ddu and the other small engine will be used on the Cwellyn service which starts TThO initially from Tuesday 26/7/22.

Russell is in service on the WHHR this weekend but will be turned via low loader to face uphill Dinas to Rhyd Ddu and sent to Dinas next week with the WHHR train previously identified. It is likely to be involved in some test runs prior to the WHR 100 Event weekend. After the event Russell will return early Sunday evening to Pen-y-Mount. There will also be events at the WHHR and there has already seen some testing of the skip train.

 

This northerly view (22/7/22) shows the FR's skip train on test at the WHHR near Pen-y-Mount junction. The skips are top and tailed by diesel shunters, the nearest of which is thought to be the Motor Rail used in the construction of the WHR some 100 years ago. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 22/7/22

Porthmadog was forecast to be a day of improving weather after an overcast start with 18C max and sunny periods later. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the Harbourmaster train). The majority of schools do not break up until the end of this week so the F&WHR is expected to run a more intense service from next week with additional Cwellyn trains on the WHR and additional FR services such as two rakes running up to 4 Woodland Wanderer trains per day.

The first train of the day was The Harbourmaster hauled by No.130 which arrived ECS at 09:20 in the WHR platform. David Lloyd George arrived at 09:58 with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit and ran round at 10:13 as Lyd approached the WHR with the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer. Lyd arrived at 10:19 and ran round at 10:25.

No.87 arrived with the Snowdonia Star at 12:!4 and the loco detached and ran to the watering point at 12:18 as Lyd arrived back. No.87 ran round at 13:13. At 13:15 Lyd shunted its rake to the yard. The Fairlie arrived back at 13:47 allowing Lyd to shunt out of the sidings and back into the end of the FR platform where the crowd was waiting for the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer. Lyd left some 5 minutes late allowing the Fairlie to run round but the other two trains left on time.

At the end of the day Lyd arrived back at 16:10 and ran round at 16:20 before departing ECS at 16:24. No.130 arrived back at 16:38 and departed ECS at 16:48. Last back was the Fairlie at 17:33 which ran round at 17:48 and departed ECS at 17:52 to close the day's activities.

 

WHR 100 Event price drop

The F&WHR has responded to comments about ticket prices for this event and has made the £60 Rover ticket a two day Rover. Those who have already bought a Day Rover will be able to use it on both days.

For full details:

It is just a week away from the first Welsh Highland Centenary event - come along and help the F&WHR celebrate.

Here are some of the things visitors can enjoy:

▪ Ride behind 1906 Hunslet RUSSELL and 1864 Geo.England PALMERSTON on heritage trains between Dinas and South Snowdon, recreating services from July 1922.

▪ Join a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Dinas Workshops - to see the NG15 No.134 locomotive restoration, NG/G16 No. 143 overhaul and discuss the projects with some of the team.

▪ See the exhibitions and displays at Dinas Station - including Vintage Road Vehicles and a 16mm live steam layout with models of original NWNGR and WHR locomotives.

▪ Travel on a 1955 Whiteways bus between Dinas and Rhyd Ddu, with a photo-stop along the way.

▪ Footplate Rides on Quarry Hunslet HUGH NAPIER.

▪ Enjoy a bite to eat and drink at Dinas - from the Blas Môn Catering Van, CelEMMAbration Cakes stand and our Real Ale bar.

There will also be activities taking place on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog over the ‘WHR 100’ weekend.

Detailed information is available @ https://www.festrail.co.uk/book-your-whr100-event-rover.../

Tickets can also be purchased by phone (01766 516024) or in person at Harbour Station (09:00-16:00).

PLEASE NOTE:

The F&WHR is now selling ‘Saturday and Sunday Event Rover’ tickets for Adults £60 and Children £30.

If you have already purchased a Day ticket, you will now be able to use this as an Event Rover on both days of the weekend. This will give you more time to see everything, as well as visiting the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway at Porthmadog (separate ticket required).

 

Blanche and Welsh Pony steamed 19/7/22

A small engine is going to the WHR's Dinas depot to be outstabled for the new Cwellyn service from next Thursday. There is some speculation about which loco it will be. Palmerston is already going the WHR 100 Event. Will the Cwellyn service be hauled by Blanche or Welsh Pony? Obviously the England engine is the more historically appropriate, though Blanche has been used on the WHR before.

 

F&WHR 21/7/22

Porthmadog was forecast to be a day of sunny periods with 19C max and sunny periods. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit trains and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The Harbour Station webcam was working again and the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer was sold out. The majority of schools do not break up until the end of this week so the F&WHR is still operating a low season service.

First up was David Lloyd George with the ECS for the Mountain Spirit which arrived in the WHR platform at 10:00. The loco ran round at 10:10 as Lyd approached the WHR platform with the ECS for the10:55 Woodland Wanderer which arrived at 10:14 and ran round at 10:22. The third train was the Glaslyn Venturer hauled by No.130 which arrived at 12:48.

Lyd arrived back at 13:09 and propelled its rake back onto The Cob at 13:17. The loco then drew the Woodland Wanderer back into the yard and cleared the platform for the Fairlie which arrived back at 13:37. Lyd ran round and following departure of the Garratt, propelled its rake into the WHR platform at 13:49.

First back at the end of the day was Lyd at 16:07. The loco ran round 10 minutes later and departed ECS at 16:20 with the Garratt running in at 16:23 with the returning Glaslyn Venturer. The last train in was the Mountain Spirit at about 17:30.

 

Heat disruption 19/7/22

While heat and the risk of lineside fires impacted both NR and some heritage lines, the ability of some heritage lines to run diesel services at low speed meant they could continue. The Vale of Rheidol cancelled services on both Tuesday 19/7/22 and Wednesday 20/7/22 meaning its advertised first public service hauled by Garratt No.60 did not occur. The FR kept operating though rail temperatures rose to 50C in direct sunlight with expansion gaps proving adequate for the rail expansion.

 

Skips at the WHHR 18/6/22

This northerly view (18/7/22) shows the FR's skip train stored at the WHHR at Gelert's Farm. The skips will be used to recreate construction trains on the WHR 100 years ago during the WHR 100 Event at the end of July. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Webmaster's Holiday

Your webmaster is taking a few day's holiday from 18/7/22 at his alma mater UCW Aberystwyth. Normal service will be restored on Thursday 21/7/22.

 

F&WHR 17/7/22

Sunday was forecast to be another sunny and increasingly warm day at Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 27C. The initial plan was for ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FOUR trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, one morning Mountain Spirit and the morning Glaslyn Venturer train). The Harbour Station webcam was still out of action all day again.

Up at Tan-y-bwlch David Lloyd George arrived  at 11:14 on the 10:30 Mountain Spirit and departed 7 minutes later for Blaenau Ffestiniog. Blanche arrived with the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer at 11:44. The lightly loaded train departed for Porthmadog at 12:32. The Fairlie returned to Tan-y-bwlch at 12:59, pausing for just 3 minutes to collect the token. Blanche returned at 14:36 with the 12:55 Woodland Wanderer train. This train was not shunted today as the following 14:30 Mountain Spirit has been cancelled due to anticipated lack of demand with the hot weather. The train departed for Porthmadog at 15:32 as the final working of the day.

 

WHR 100 Event at WHHR

The WHHR is also celebrating the WHR 100 event. The F&WHR sent the WHHR a rake of skips to demonstrate construction trains on 26/6/22. Now a Motor Rail diesel has arrived that can replicate the construction scenes of 100 years ago with realistic rolling stock.

 

This westerly view (16/7/22) shows a Motor Rail diesel being delivered to the WHHR at Gelert's Farm. The loco will be used with the skip train to demonstrate construction trains as used to complete the WHR 100 years ago. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

There will also be complementary activities at Porthmadog on the WHHR over the weekend. These will include operation of an intensive steam service with Gelert and a recreation of a construction train hauled by what is believed to be the only surviving internal combustion locomotive used in the building of the original Welsh Highland Railway. More details will be available on the WHHR Facebook page and website.

Day tickets will be available for purchase in person at the time of visiting, at the WHHR ticket office and shop on Tremadog Road. The prices for each day are set at Family £37.50, Adult £14.50 and Child £7.00, but Dinas Day Rover holders, FRS, WHRS, WHRHG and WHHR members and F&WHR staff will be welcome to travel at normal prices (Family £30.00, Adult £11.50 and Child £5.50) on presentation of their Day Rover ticket, valid membership card or staff pass.

 

Timetable w/c 18/7/22

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F&WHR 16/7/22

Saturday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog with a maximum temperatures of 21C. The FSO service pattern has become well established with ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FOUR trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and the Harbourmaster through train). Only the morning Mountain Spirit was shown initially. The Harbour station webcam was unavailable all day.

David Lloyd George arrived at Tan-y-bwlch at 11:05 on the 10:30 Mountain Spirit and departed at 11:10 for Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was followed by Blanche passing Minffordd at 11:06 on the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer with a well loaded train. Blanche left for Porthmadog at 12:34 on the return run. The Fairlie arrived at Tan-y-bwlch on its return journey at 12:57, departing for Porthmadog at 13:01.

Blanche arrived back at Tan-y-bwlch on the 13:55 at 14:36 which was lightly loaded. The rake contained WHR coach No.23 which might be due to go to Dinas to form part of Palmerston's WHR 100 Event rake (along with NWNGR replica coach No.24?) and also operate in the new Cwellyn midday Caernarfon-Rhyd Ddu rake. At 14:48 the rake was shunted to the westbound platform leaving the eastbound platform free for the Fairlie to arrive with the 14:30 Mountain Spirit at 15:06. The Fairlie left at 15:12 and Blanche at 15:35. The Fairlie return to Tan-y-bwlch at 16:58 from Blaenau Ffestiniog and continues on its final trip at 16:59 to close the day's activities. There was still a problem with the Harbour Station webcam at the end of the day. Today's light loadings are a traditional feature of hot days on the F&WHR when many holidaymakers prefer the beach.

 

North Wales main line 15-16/7/22

The launch event of the Class 197 at Chester did not invite many commentators but a new female Youtuber/enthusiast GLoves Trains did gain access. Click here to see her revealing video of the Class 197.

Nationally, freight is back to pre-COVID levels and growing strongly. A new working has appeared out of Penmaenmawr, 6K17 the 16:53 SSuX to Crewe Basford Hall SSM. The working was cancelled every day this week so it may be a path that is yet to be used regularly or has yet to start operation. Penmaenmawr is still providing a regular stone flow to Tuebrook, Liverpool with Class 60 haulage. The slate waste working from Llandudno Junction yard has not started either despite the terminal on Glan Conwy curve being finished earlier this year and the siding being connected and signalled.

On Friday 15/7/22 there was another trial run of the Aberystwyth-Chirk logs with Class 37s Nos.97302 (ex 37170) and 37418 ran round in Aberystwyth after working 6C54 earlier Friday, the 0205 Chirk-Aberystwyth empties, arriving at 05:34 at sunrise. The loaded train departed 10 mins late at 16:05 and ran via Crewe and Chester as the second run, arriving at Chirk Chronospan on time at 23:55. With three successful trips now under it belt Chronospan may soon decide to make this a weekly run rather than a random STP.

TfW liveried Class 67 No.67025 hauled 9K67 the 09:51 ECS Holyhead to Crewe ECS on Saturday morning as usual when other two car DMUs were full and standing in this heat! TfW Control is yet to realise the full potential of the crowd busters to ease the strain on the North Wales Coast cause, some believe, by focussing of South Wales problems and neglecting North Wales.

 

F&WHR 15/7/22

Friday was forecast to be a day of sunny periods in Porthmadog with a maximum temperatures of 20C. There is ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (one Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and the Harbourmaster through train). The traffic lights near the Premier Inn entrance, that had been causing congestion, were removed during the course of the day. The afternoon Woodland Wanderer set was booked for a special working.

The first movement of the day was Upnor Castle propelling two B wagons full of coal for the fuelling point which arrived at 08:18. The diesel left light engine at 08:42. Next up was No.130 with the ECS for the 09:40 Harbourmaster arriving in the WHR platform at 09:19. At 09:54 David Lloyd George arrived with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit. The Fairlie ran round at 10:17 after fuelling and watering. Blanche came over rather late, arriving in the WHR platform at 10:31 and delaying the departure of the Fairlie a little. Blanche ran round at 10:40.

At 12:24 No.87 arrived with the Snowdonia Star and the Garratt ran to refuel and water for the return journey at 12:28 before returning to the train at 12:55. Blanche arrived back at 13:10 and 7 minutes later its rake was propelled onto The Cob before being hauled back into the yard, where the loco ran round at 13:33. The Fairlie was back at 13:35 and ran round at 13:59. It appeared that the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer had been cancelled and instead ran as a hired special train departing at 15:50 and arriving at Tan-y-bwlch at 16:22. The train ran in the abandoned path of the 15:45 Woodland Wanderer and celebrated the life of S&T volunteer John Maxey who died away recently.

No.130 rolled in at 16:37 with the returning Harbourmaster and departed ECS 9 minutes later. The Fairlie arrived at 17:32 and ran round at 17:44, before departing with the ECS at 17:47. Meanwhile Blanche departed Tan-y-bwlch with the special at 17:40 and arrived back at Porthmadog at 18:12 carrying a headboard. The train departed ECS at 18:20 after a quick run round.

 

This westerly view (15/7/22) shows Blanche returning with the special to Tan-y-bwlch at 18:12 with the headboard Maxey's Shiny Express, a tribute to S&T volunteer John Maxey who died recently. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR summer services 15/7/22

With the school summer holidays starting this weekend for many, the F&WHR has confirmed its summer holidays peak service will be as previously stated with up to 4 Woodland Wanderer and up to two Mountain Spirit trains per day on the FR according to demand. The WHR will see up to two Glaslyn Venturer trains per day and one Gelert Explorer FSX and the through services The Harbourmaster/Snowdonia Star FSO. The new peak TThO 12:00 Cwellyn working from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu does not start until 26/7/22, missing the first 10 days of the holiday but may be extended to additional midweek days according to demand.

 

Moving Pictures No.67 15/7/22

Click on the YouTube link to watch 21 minute 9 seconds of video covering the rather wet Triumph Owners tour of the F&WHR on 25/6/22 and visit to Boston Lodge plus the Russell's test run to Beddgelert on 9/7/22. This video was published on 15/7/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional 4K Betamax camcorder.

 

Travel between intermediate stations

For those passengers who like using the train as part of a walk or wish to do a shorter train journey, the F&WHR has introduced an intermediate travel carriage on all but the Woodland Wanderer services. So, subject to there being room in the carriage, passengers may join the train and pay the guard for their ticket. Please note, there are no COVID distancing restrictions in this carriage. Passengers will find information on times and fares in the train services section of the website. This facility is for ‘turn up and go’ passengers and is not available to book in advance. This carriage may also be used for return journeys between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog and between Beddgelert and Porthmadog on days when there is more than one service, meaning passengers may travel out on the morning Glaslyn Venturer or Mountain Spirit and return on the afternoon train, spending longer at their destination.

 

No SuperPower!

As there is a small WHR100 Event this July featuring Russell and Palmerston on several trains between Dinas and Rhyd Ddu, it appears the F&WHR will not be running its previously annual SuperPower event this September. Nothing is currently advertised for September. However the FR's Bygones Event 7-9/10/22 may feature some events on the south end of the WHR.

 

F&WHR 14/7/22

Thursday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog and maximum temperatures of 19C. The midweek service pattern has become well established with ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The 13:55 Woodland Wanderer was fully booked. Those who missed the chance to travel to Tan-y-bwlch could book tickets on the afternoon Mountain Spirit to Tan-y-bwlch to take advantage of the hop on-hop off fares now available. There were still traffic lights near the Premier Inn entrance causing congestion.

The same three locos have been stuck on trains for a while now. The Mountain Spirit regular haulage David Lloyd George arrived at 10:03 with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit. The Fairlie had run round well before Blanche arrived in the FR platform at 10:27 with the ECS for the Woodland Wanderer. There was no time to run round before the Mountain Spirit departed so Blanche had to wait until 10:35 for the Fairlie to clear the shunt limit.

No.130 rolled in with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer at 12:57. Blanche was back by 13:11 and shunted its rake to the yard at 13:20 before running round in the yard. Blanche having cleared the FR platform, the Fairlie arrived at 13:37 and Blanche shunted its rake into the WHR platform at 13:46, soon after the Garratt had departed.

At 13:32 Harlech Castle was noted propelling the cherrypicker rake and FR Mess car out of Minffordd Yard. The rake arrived in the WHR loop at 13:48 and departed up the WHR at 14:01. Hopefully the queues caused by the traffic lights did not lead to cars stopped blocking the WHR on Britannia Bridge.

 

This westerly view (14/7/22) shows Harlech Castle with the cherrypicker train making its way onto the WHR. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a webcam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Blanche arrived back in sunshine at 16:10 and departed with the ECS at 16:20 as No.130 rolled in giving the unusual spectacle of trains moving in both the WHR and FR platforms at the same time! The Garratt departed ECS at 16:30. The Fairlie was back at 17:35, ran round at 17:43 and departed in sunshine ECS at 17:49 to close the day.

 

'Strangers on a train'

Comedian Alexei Sayle will be chatting with fellow travellers on trains over a new Radio 4 series, 'Strangers on a Train'. One episode features a journey from Euston to Holyhead. See Daily Post story and BBC website.

 

F&WHR 13/7/22

Wednesday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog and maximum temperatures of 19C. The midweek service pattern has become established now with ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The morning Woodland Wanderer was fully booked as normal.

The first train of the day was David Lloyd George which arrived in the FR platform at 09:37 with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit. The loco ran round at 09:45. Blanche arrived really early into the WHR platform at 10:01 with the ECS for the Woodland Wanderer. The run round was completed by 10:07. Traffic lights outside the Premier Inn were still causing problems with jams on The Cob.

No.130 rolled into the WHR platform at 12:58 with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer. Blanche arrived back at 13:11 and just 4 minutes later the rake was propelled out onto The Cob before being shunted into the sidings. The Fairlie arrived back at 13:39 just a minute before the Garratt departed! Blanche, which had run round in the meantime, hauled its rake out of the station yard onto The Cob and shunted into the WHR platform as soon as the Garratt had left. The Fairlie ran round at 14:05 for the afternoon Mountain Spirit.

Blanche arrived back at 16:07 and ran round 7 minutes later, departing ECS at 16:17. The Garratt was next, arriving at 16:24, and departing ECS just 5 minutes later! The final working of the day was the returning Fairlie at 17:37. The loco ran round at 17:45 and departed ECS for the depot at 17:50 to close the day.

 

No.134 whistle tested on No.130 12/7/22

No.134's whistle was fitted to No.130 and tested on 12/7/22 to the satisfaction of the No.134 team. Click here to hear the whistle on the NG15 group Facebook page.

 

Welsh COVID warning 13/7/22

Welsh Minister Vaughan Gething has warned that almost 5% of Wales currently has COVID, that's 1 in 20. Hospitals cannot cope with demand for everyday services as so many beds are taken by seriously ill COVID cases, some of who, despite all encouragement are some of the 3.5 million UK residents who have not taken a vaccine. He urges people to take care. See Daily Post story.

 

F&WHR 12/7/22

Tuesday was forecast to have sunny periods in Porthmadog and maximum temperatures of 19C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train).

First up was David Lloyd George at 09:51 with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit. The loco ran round 5 minutes later. Blanche arrived at 10:19 with the ECS for the Woodland Wanderer. The round was completed by 10:25 without impacting the Mountain Spirit. Traffic lights outside the Premier Inn were again causing problems with jams on The Cob.

No.130 arrived with the ECS for the Glaslyn Venturer at 13:01. Blanche arrived back from the morning Woodland Wanderer into the FR platform at 13:12 and 8 minutes later was being shunted to the yard to clear the FR platform for the returning morning Mountain Spirit. The Fairlie arrived back at 13:34 and Blanche dragged its rake out onto The Cob awaiting departure of the Garratt at 13:40. The loco then propelled the Woodland Wanderer rake into the now vacant WHR platform. Using the WHR platform in this way allowed the Fairlie's run round at 14:01 to be signalled even though the Woodland Wanderer departed 4 minutes late.

At 16:18 Blanche was running round at 16:18 before departing ECS at 16:20 as No.130 pulled in at 16:21. The Garratt departed ECS at 16:30. The Fairlie arrived back at 17:34 in sunshine, ran round at 17:43 and departed ECS at 17:50 to close the day's activities.

 

NF&WHR services w/c 11/7/22

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F&WHR 11/7/22

Monday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog and maximum temperatures of 24C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and the afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The morning Woodland Wanderer was fully booked on departure.

David Lloyd George was first today with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit, arriving in the FR platform at 09:31, almost an hour in advance. Blanche followed at 10:08 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer as the Fairlie ran round. It was in good time to run round before the Mountain Spirit departed. Work was underway on The Cob by the Premier Inn access with traffic control leading to congestion on The Cob at times. The sky became overcast by midday which was surprisingly in contradiction to the weather forecast.

At 12:30 No.87 rolled in with the ECS for the 13:40 Glaslyn Venturer. Blanche arrived back at 13:06 and was subsequently prepared for the 13:55 departure. At 13:13 this was propelled out onto The Cob and dragged back into the yard to clear the FR platform for the returning Mountain Spirit. This complicated shunt is necessary as the Glaslyn Venturer leaves at 13:40, some 5 minutes after the platform is required by the booked arrival at 13:35 of the returning Mountain Spirit. Two operational methods are used. Either the 13:55 shunts out onto The Cob and then back into the WHR platform or the end of the FR platform which is already occupied by the Mountain Spirit.

Workers were maintaining the signals again from a moveable platform. The Fairlie arrived back at 13:39 while Blanche ran round in the yard just a minute before the WHR platform became clear. Blanche shunted out to the signal box at 13:48 and appeared to be about to set back into the FR platform when the signal came out of his box to advice the driver to proceed onto The Cob and shunt back into the WHR platform. Passengers were loading at 13:51 ready for the 13:55 departure. However the guard had to go round and lock all the off side doors he had opened in preparation for a departure from the FR platform! The train left a couple of minutes late as a result. The Fairlie ran round at 14:14 after Blanche had departed.

Blanche returned at 16:10 and ran round shortly afterwards at 16:13, returning ECS to the depot at 16:17. No.130 rolled in at 16:22 having undertaken a loco swop with the Gelert Explorer at Beddgelert. The Garratt departed with the ECS promptly at 16:28. Last train of the day was the Fairlie which returned at 17:36. The loco ran round at 17:55 after being coaled and watered and departed with the ECS at 18:01 to close the day. 

 

Summer Steam surfeit 17-19/7/22

The Railway Touring Company is running two steam hauled railtours to North Wales in the next several days. On Sunday 17/7/22 the North Wales Coast Express is running steam hauled from Liverpool to Holyhead with a Llandudno connection by service train. The train will lay over in Holyhead from 15:24-18:04 in Holyhead for servicing. This train usually takes on water at Llandudno Junction. On Tuesday 19/7/22 the Welsh Mountaineer runs Preston-Blaenau Ffestiniog steam hauled, taking water at Frodsham, and with Chester as its last pick up point. It will run round and take water at Llandudno Junction before a lay over in Blaenau Ffestiniog from 1310-1600. There does not appear to be any special train for the travellers to try the FR to Tan-y-bwlch and back but the afternoon Mountain Spirit will arrive while the excursion is present. See RTC website for details.

 

Cae Pawb crossing

NR operates Cae Pawb crossing in conjunction with the F&WHR who send an electronic request to cross the Cambrian Coast line. This is permitted when the section Harlech to Porthmadog is clear or when a train has cleared the crossing towards Harlech. However, when the Machynlleth ERTMS signalling centre is closed e.g. on Boxing Day, through trains on the WHR cannot operate. With recent strike action the F&WHR were grateful to the striking signallers for leaving Cae Pawb Crossing set to allow WHR trains to cross all day during the strike days, thus allowing the Glaslyn Venturer, the Snowdonia Star and The Harbourmaster to run. 

 

F&WHR 10/7/22

Sunday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog and maximum temperatures of 21C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FOUR trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, one Mountain Spirit and the Glaslyn Venturer train).

No.87 was first today arriving at 09:19 with the ECS for the 10:15 Glaslyn Venturer. David Lloyd George was next with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit, arriving in the FR platform at 09:53. Blanche was waiting at the Home signal with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer for the Glaslyn Venturer to depart and free up the WHR platform. It was in good time to run round before the Mountain Spirit departed.

The Garratt arrived back at 12:53 and waited for a path back to the deport as only one run was booked today. Blanche arrived back at 13:09 which allowed the Garratt to depart ECS for the depot 1 minute later. The Fairlie arrived back at 13:37 and went to coal and water at 13:42 before leaving ECS at 14:11 after the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer had cleared The Cob. Blanche arrived back at 16:07 and ran round promptly before departing ECS at 16:17 to close the day.

 

No.130 9-10/7/22

This southerly view (9/7/22) shows No.130 preparing for the Snowdonia Star  taking water at Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Tom Waldren and was taken on a phone cam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (9/7/22) shows No.130 ready to depart with the Snowdonia Star at Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Tom Waldren and was taken on a phone cam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (10/7/22) shows No.130 with the Gelert Explorer arriving at Rhyd Ddu and passing Vale of Ffestiniog on a PW train. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Tom Waldren and was taken on a phone cam. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR 9/7/22

Saturday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog and maximum temperatures of 20C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and The Harbourmaster train).

First up today was No.87 arriving at 09:12 with the ECS for the 09:40 Harbourmaster service. A working platform was wheeled down the platform to allow attention to signals. David Lloyd George was next with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit, arriving in the FR platform at 09:47. Blanche arrived at 10:24 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer and was too late to run round until after the Fairlie's departure.

No.130 arrived at 12:13 and the loco ran round by 12:47. Blanche departed ECS at 16:27. At 16:48 No.87 took the ECS back to the depot. The Fairlie arrived back at 17:41 and finally left ECS 18:00 to close the day.

 

Russell test train 9/7/22

Russell hauled a heritage test train to Beddgelert on 9/7/22 during the evening after WHR traffic had ceased. This was to test the train out on the 1 in 40 on the approaches to Beddgelert. The gradients between Dinas and South Snowdon (aka Rhyd Ddu) where the WHR 100 Event will take place are much easier than this. The rake consisted of the replica Pickering Brake Van No.8 (PRISM compliant), Buffet Car No.10, replica Ashbury Corridor No.9 and semi-Open Gladstone Car No.8. This is thought to represent the train that will be used on 30-31/7/22 WHR 100 Event.

The train crossed over at Pen-y-Mount onto WHR metals at 17:20. The opportunity was taken to test the dual braked van's braking on the 1 in 40. The train stopped at Bryn-y-felin, one of the tighter curves on the railway, to check the loco ran through the curve smoothly and to photo the train. This curve was relaid last winter after a derailment at Sheepfold Cutting nearby just before Xmas. The train arrived at Beddgelert at 18:20 and took water from the water crane before running round. Emma hauled the train through the crossover onto WHHR metals at 20:30 to complete the test run.

 

This southerly view (9/7/22) shows Russell taking the crossover at Pen-y-Mount to join the WHR main line from the WHHR. The loco is hauling four coaches forming a heritage rake to trial on the 1 in 40 in the Aberglaslyn Pass on its way to Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Roger Dimmick (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (9/7/22) shows Russell passing through Nantmor Halt at 17:55. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Roger Dimmick (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (9/7/22) shows Russell having arrived at Beddgelert at 18:20. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Roger Dimmick (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

On return the train stopped at Pont Croesor to pick up air braked diesel Emma as pilot back to Pen-y-Mount. Emma hauled the train through the crossover onto WHHR metals at 20:30 to complete the test run. It appears that an air braked rescue engine will be essential for the WHR 100 Event. Some 30 photos of the test run, which was carried out in excellent lighting conditions, are available on Roger Dimmick's Facebook page. All the images are time-stamped and some have appeared on official F&WHR web pages so far.

 

F&WHR 8/7/22

Friday was forecast to be an improving day in Porthmadog with sunshine later and maximum temperatures of 18C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and The Harbourmaster train). The two through WHR trains will run Friday and Saturday through the Summer timetable.

First up today was No.87 arriving at 09:00 with the ECS for the 09:40 Harbourmaster service. David Lloyd George was next with the ECS for the 10:30 Mountain Spirit, arriving in the FR platform at 09:39. It's been a few week's now since Merddin Emrys had a turn. Blanche arrived at 10:06 with the ECS for the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer and was early enough to run round straight away without impacting the Fairlie's departure.

No.130 arrived at 12:22 with the Snowdonia Star and at 12:30 it ran to the refuelling point Later the Garratt was running round at Porthmadog at 13:00 ready for the return working in rather dull conditions considering the forecast. Blanche arrived at 13:08 and at 13:15 shunted its rake to the yard to clear the FR platform for the Fairlie, which arrived at 13:37. At 13:42 Blanche propelled its rake back into the FR platform before the Fairlie had run round at 14:08.

Towards the end of the afternoon Blanche was first back at 16:08 in sunshine. The run round came at 16:15 and the ECS departed at 16:21. No.87 was back at 16:32 and departed ECS at 16:39. The final move of the day came with the return of the Fairlie at 17:35. The loco departed ECS at 17:51 to close the day.

 

WHR 100 event tickets on sale 8/7/22

Tickets for the WHR 100 event were on sale from Friday 8/7/22. The £60 Day Ranger ticket (child £30) for Saturday or Sunday is bookable on line or from the booking office by phone. the hope is that passengers will split their journeys between Russell and Palmerston so that everyone who wants a ride behind Russell to Rhyd Ddu can have one. However there are, a little surprisingly, only two Russell hauled trains on each day and no Garratt shuttle to catch the first Russell run!

 

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F&WHR 7/7/22

Thursday was forecast to be a sunny day in Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 21C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and one afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The 10:55 Woodland Wanderer was sold out well before departure as was the 10:30 Mountain Spirit. It seems if the Woodland Wanderer is fully booked then those on a budget can book the Mountain Spirit to Tan-y-bwlch and have an even longer break there or catch the returning 10:55 if there is room.

First up was David Lloyd George with the 10:30 Mountain Spirit followed by Blanche on the Woodland Wanderer at 10:13 which was early enough to run round before the Fairlie departed. The appearance of Blanche made it obvious it had not been outstabled at Dinas for the new TThO Cwellyn Summer dated service expected to begin 26/7/22 to coincide with the school holidays (see below).

No.87 arrived at 12:46 into the WHR platform. Blanche returned at 13:08 into the FR platform After the arrival of the Fairlie at 13:36 Blanche was running round in the station yard and then unusually propelled its train back into the FR platform rather than wait for the departing Glaslyn Venturer to clear the WHR platform at 13:40. This blocked the Fairlie's run round for the 14:30 departure until after it had left but there was plenty of time for the run round. When the FR had only one platform at Porthmadog it often used to run trains from the end of the platform like this in advance of a later train on the same platform. The Fairlie eventually ran round at 14:05.

Blanche arrived back first at 16:10 and departed ECS at 16:23. No.87 was back second at 16:16 and departed ECS at 16:35. The final movement was the Fairlie which arrived back at 17:40 and ran round at 17:52 departing at 17:54 to close the day's activities.

 

The new Cwellyn Caernarfon-Rhyd Ddu service from 28/7/22

The new Cwellyn service to run Caernarfon-Rhyd Ddu begins on 28/7/22 (two weeks later than expected) and misses the first weeks of the school holiday peak period. It offers relatively cheap fares aimed at boosting ridership from Caernarfon. The service will operate TThO until 1/9/22 when the school summer holidays end and may operate additional days according to demand.

Only one train a day is envisaged initially, a 12:30 from Caernarfon arriving in Rhyd Ddu roughly an hour later. There is space in the timetable for two with use of passing loops, so this is very much a toe in the water to attract the family market with lower fare and shorter journeys. It is marketed similarly to the Woodland Wanderer on the FR with fares of £35 return (children/dogs £2) compared with fares of £25 on the Woodland Wanderer. Hampers can be pre-ordered as with the Gelert Explorer and Snowdonia Star.

The train runs 30 minutes after The Gelert Explorer and returns from Rhyd Ddu after a short 30 minute stop to run round and water, hours before the Gelert Explorer returns. This means the trains do not have to pass each other anywhere. There is some confusion about timings though as the website suggest it is a 3 hour journey but advises a return time of 15:00 not 15:30, which would match the 3 hour journey time stated! Additional days such as Wednesdays may be added according to demand. See F&WHR website for full Cwellyn details.

 

WAG responds to Starmer's controversial EU stance

With Wales losing EU grants that supported Heritage Railways (including the reconstruction of the WHR) after BREXIT and inadequate promised replacement grants coming from the UK government, there is confusion in WAG about Starmer's recent statement on the issue. The Daily Post has an analysis of how Labour's BREXIT policy is causing concern in Wales. WAG has also reacted to the resignation of Boris Johnson as PM as reported in the Daily Post and the challenges this poses for Wales.

 

F&WHR 6/7/22

Wednesday was forecast to be a cloudy day in Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 19C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and one afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The 10:55 Woodland Wanderer was sold out well before departure.

The first loco was a surprise as a quarry Hunslet believed to be Hugh Napier came across The Cob light engine at 09:48 and departed up the WHR at 09:57. This could be the loco giving footplate rides at Dinas during the WHR 100 Event (see below) at the end of the month. Next out was David Lloyd George at 10:01 which arrived in the FR platform, followed by Lyd at 10:16 in the WHR platform. There was enough time for Lyd to run round before the Mountain Spirit departed. No.87 pulled in at 12:47 and Lyd arrived shortly after at 13:07. Lyd shunted the rake to the yard at 13:18 to clear the FR platform for the returning Fairlie and, after the Garratt departed, shunted the afternoon Woodland Wanderer to the WHR platform at 13:48 in time for the 13:55 departure.

The final movement of the day was the returning Fairlie which ran round at 17:45 and departed ECS at 17:49.

 

This easterly view (6/7/22) shows Hugh Napier heading up the WHR towards Dinas, possibly for footplate rides at the WHR 100 event. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.W. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

WHR 100 Event

Details have emerged about the WHR 100 Event including timetables and train graphs. Tickets will be available from Friday 8/7/22. There is no detail about Russell's arrival or any air-brake fitted rescue thunderbirds but the train will return to Pen-y-Mount on Sunday leaving Dinas at 16:40 and giving the only opportunity to see it in the Beddgelert Forest section as it will only run between Dinas and Rhyd Ddu.

The WHHR stock is unspecified but Russell's train, the X set, will likely consist of up to four coaches including replica Pickering brake, the Gladstone Car and other coaches of the period like the Buffet Car. Palmerston will also be doing two trips each day with the V set consisting of Van 10, No.23 (the WHR coach) and No.24 (the replica NWNGR coach). Russell's train is set to stop at all the NWNGR stations including Betws Garmon and Snowdon Ranger. On Saturday evening there will be an extra train from Dinas to Waunfawr which will make run pasts at Tryfan Junction. Day Rover ticket holders may make an additional purchase of £20 for the evening run-past special at Tryfan Junction (17:32 from Dinas) which will stop there in both directions. This is limited to 50 seats.

Day Rover tickets are priced at £60 (child £30) and cover travel on the Caernarfon shuttle (NG16 hauled), travel on the Russell/Palmerston shuttles, entry to Dinas and a 20% discount of WHHR trains at Porthmadog. A free Whiteways coach with limited seating (25 seats) will be provided to take people ahead of the train to photo it at Waunfawr, Plas-y-nant and Rhyd Ddu.

For those not purchasing a Day Rover entry to Dinas is £5 (children free) where there is limited disabled parking. There will be a catering van and a real ale bar as well as model railways and a photo display to view. An unnamed loco will be offering footplate rides at Dinas.

 

No.134 update

No.134's boiler was expected back from the repairer's factory LMS, Loughborough at the end of July or early August. The new ashpan made by Brunswick Ironworks of Caernarfon has gone to Loughborough to be trial fitted to the boiler after some air holes were cut. The side rods have gone on the loco for the last time after attention to bearings. Work is also underway on the tender and the bearings have been made waterproof. The original tank used to extend down over the bearings but the new tank sits on the frame with no lower extensions. Two large headlights have been acquired from California and will have powerful LEDs fitted.

 

Welsh Covid advice update 6/7/22

With COVID increasing again in Wales, Wales' Chief Medical Officer has advised that people should wear masks in crowded indoor place, which could include on trains. See Daily Post report.

 

F&WHR 5/7/22

Tuesday was forecast to be a day improving weather in Porthmadog after a drizzly start with maximum temperatures of 17C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and one afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train).

The first train noted was David Lloyd George on the Mountain Spirit that rolled in ECS at 09:55 followed by Lyd on the Woodland Wanderer ECS at 10:18.  Lyd was able to quickly run round at 10:23 before the Fairlie departed at 10:30. Lyd was back at 12:05. This train seems to have been retimed to arrive 15 mins earlier to ease the run round congestion and ensure the 13:55 gets away on time. No.87 arrived ECS at 12:30. Lyd shunted the rake to the yard to clear the FR platform for the returning Mountain Spirit and then ran round at 13:32. The Fairlie came back at 13:36 and the Garratt departed 5 minutes later clearing the way for Lyd to propel the 13:55 into the WHR platform.

Lyd returned at 16:06 and quickly ran round to depart ECS 11 minutes. Next back was No.87 at 16:24 which departed ECS 6 minutes later. The final working of the day saw the Fairlie return at 17:36 and depart ECS 14 minutes later to close the day.

 

Traffic report Spring 2022

Traffic on the railway was lighter than envisaged in April and May with both the Bank Holiday periods seeing less traffic than expected. This might be due to inflation and families on limited budgets looking for cheaper holiday options and rising petrol/diesel prices. The Woodland Wanderer was therefore popular as a cheaper option. June however saw an upturn in traffic though at no time did the Woodland Wanderer require the full five trains available. One thing limiting the F&WHR's ability to run trains has been the availability of staff for the first time, sometimes affected by the petrol cost of getting to the railway. This has also affected hospitality across North Wales as BREXIT has prevented the free flow of EU workers who have until recent years taken up many seasonal jobs in tourist industries.

The WHR presents a conundrum for the F&WHR as passenger numbers have been lower than expected. One reason might be that the long days out offered by the Gelert Explorer and Snowdonia Star services are more suited to older couples rather than families with young children and the price of tickets. Another reason might be lack of advertising to North Wales Coast venues. There use to be a F&WHR timetable leaflet stocked in most hotels and Tourist Information Offices but this year there is no timetable as such. The plan is to offer a small train/small engine midweek service at lower cost that might appeal to families. The third set normally allocated but never used for the Woodland Wanderer could be used. This could operate once or twice a day with a 2 hour trip Caernarfon-Rhyd Ddu and back stopping just to water and run round at Rhyd Ddu like the Santa Specials which were very popular with families. It would be possible to run such a service twice a day if there was demand with departures about 10:00 or 10:30 and 13:30-14:00 passing the Gelert Explorer at intermediate loops. It is likely such trains would run TWThO and start in mid-July to coincide with the school summer holidays and continue until 2/9/22 when the Autumn timetable starts.

Hop on-Hop off fares have been available since May and will continue to be available to the general public when space is available. It seems one coach is set aside for this on each train. The delayed start of this facility was due to the need to provide guards with credit card machines as fewer people carry cash these days. The General Manager says the railway has faced difficult times, even one shipment of coal via Ireland was delayed by the P&O debacle! The F&WHR is in a strong financial position and hopes to be on budget this year. A new 10 year plan is envisaged.

 

WAG holiday proposals may further damage heritage railways

WAG is considering shortening the school summer holidays to 4 weeks putting it at odds with the holiday period in England and undermining the F&WHR plans for a Summer Peak service. Consultations are still underway but the idea is to increase the Xmas Holiday, a period when the F&WHR does not run many services and finds it difficult to attract volunteer staff as well as the weather sometimes being unsuitable for holidays. The issue is out for consultation. See Daily Post story.

 

North Wales shortlisted for Small Modular Reactor factory

With both Trawsfynydd and Wylfa cited as locations for small modular nuclear reactors, Gateway Industrial estate at Deeside has been short listed by Rolls Royce as a possibly factory for its SMRs. The site is also earmarked for a new station on the Borderlands Line, due to see Class 230s introduced later this year. A commitment is required from the Government this year if the first SMR is to available in 2029 as planned. See Daily Post story.

 

F&WHR 4/7/22

Monday was forecast to be a day of sunny periods in Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 17C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and one afternoon Glaslyn Venturer train). The 10:55 Woodland Wanderer was fully booked by 09:00. The timetable has now switched to a regular pattern with Woodland Wanderer (2-5 services) and Mountain Spirit (1-2 services) on the FR every day and Gelert Explorer (1 service) and Glaslyn Venturer (1-2 services) FSX on the WHR. The WHR services are extended to form through trains (the Harbourmaster and Snowdonia Star) FSO.

The first train of the day was hauled by David Lloyd George with the 10:30 Mountain Spirit which arrived at 09:51 in the FR platform. This was followed by Lyd at 10:19 with the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer in the WHR platform. Finally No.87 appeared at 12:41 with the 13:40 Glaslyn Venturer. Lyd was back early at 13:07 and propelled the rake onto The Cob before dragging it back into the sidings.

It was a busy hour with the Fairlie arriving into the FR platform at 13.37 and No.87 departing at 13:40. As soon as the Garratt had departed, Lyd, which had run round by now, dragged its rake out onto The Cob and propelled it into the WHR platform, departing on the afternoon train at 13:55. The Fairlie ran round and departed at 14:30 with the afternoon Mountain Spirit.

At 16:14 Lyd was back with the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer and minutes later at 16:25 the Garratt pulled in. Lyd ran round and departed at 16.26 with the ECS and at 16:37 the Garratt followed likewise. The final movements of the day came at 17:35 when the Fairlie returned with the Mountain Spirit. After a swift run round the rake departed ECS at 17:52 back to Boston Lodge to close the day's activities.

 

F&WHR services w/c 4/7/22

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Summer timetable changes 4/7/22

The General Manager has listened to members and supporters and there will be a Summer Service running between Caernarfon and Rhyd Ddu with cheaper tickets than the Gelert Explorer designed to attract families as well as older couples and operating mid-week throughout the summer (possibly TWThO see suggested timetable above). This will be a small engine/small train operation and Blanche was seen recently heading to Dinas with four coaches on 29/6/22, presumably for this service. It would be possible to have two trips a day if timed to pass at Waunfawr/Rhyd Ddu or Dinas.

In other timetable changes the Woodland Wanderer will be cut back to a maximum of four trains a day. It is currently running two trains a day and a maximum of three have operated this year out of five in the timetable. Other services will stay as they are over the Summer period until 2/9/22 when the Autumn timetable will be introduced. The F&WHR reserves the right to adjust trains according to demand but it is currently planned to offer two Mountain Spirit trains a day except for Sundays when only the morning service will run as many people travel back home on Sunday afternoons.

These changes are not yet showing on the F&WHR's bookings system.

 

General Manager's update 4/7/22

Click on the YouTube link to watch 23 minute 35 seconds of video covering Paul Lewin's briefing as General Manager of the F&WHR. This video was published on 10/6/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional 4K Betamax camcorder.

 

Tourist tax will cut visitor numbers

A tax on AirB&B and second homes is likely to cut visitors to North Wales, already down significantly as petrol and diesel approach £2.00 a litre. However with all the well publicised difficultly caused by BREXIT in flying overseas and the BREXIT roaming fares debacle, the number of people opting for staycations may increase. See Daily Post story.

 

F&WHR 3/7/22

Sunday was forecast to be a day of sunny periods in Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 15C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Gelert Explorer) but FOUR trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, one Mountain Spirit and one Glaslyn Venturer train).

Criccieth Castle headed up the line light engine passing Tan-y-bwlch at 09:29 either to collect an ECS from Glan-y-pwll or in response to some problem being reported (see delays later in day below)? After withdrawing the token, the loco left within a minute in response to the situation.

 

This westerly view (2/7/22) shows Criccieth Castle passing Tan-y-bwlch light engine presumably to investigate a problem reported further up the line as FR trains were subsequently delayed. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.W. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

It was peak hour 10-11am at Porthmadog with No.87 ready coupled to the Glaslyn Venturer due off at 10:15 (back to a morning only departure!). David Lloyd George was hauling the 10:30 Mountain Spirit and the rake for the Woodland Wanderer was about to arrive from Boston Lodge as soon as the Garratt vacated the WHR platform. It proved to be an unusual morning with Lyd arriving a lot later than normal at 10:31 with the Fairlie still present in the FR platform. The problem must lie between Tan-y-bwlch and Blaenau Ffestiniog as Criccieth Castle had passed there earlier going towards Dduallt. The Mountain Spirit eventually departed some 41 minutes late at 11:11, leading to pathing problems and a reaction with the Woodland Wanderer, also delayed 40 minutes, departing at 11:35.

Up at Tan-y-bwlch Criccieth Castle was noted returning, presumably from Glan-y-pwll, passing at 11:34, with a couple of coaches including a brake coach No.10 and a bowsider possibly for the WHR 100 event (of which details have still been released!). The train waited for the Mountain Spirit to pass, which was in section and arrived at 11:48 (due 11:05). The ECS then had to wait for the following delayed Woodland Wanderer to arrive at 12:15  before departed at 12:20 and passing Minffordd at 12:44. At 12:50 the loco was noted propelling its ECS into Boston Lodge Carriage Shed.

No.87 was back by 12:56, the only train from Porthmadog to run on time today. Minutes later the ECS was shunted to the station yard at 13:03, itself an unusual move as normally no coaching stock is left overnight in the station anymore. The loco then went light engine to the depot at 13:13.

Lyd returned to Porthmadog with the delayed morning Woodland Wanderer arriving at 13:57, after its planned departure time on the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer. The Fairlie followed at 14:19 allowing the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer to run round an depart at 14:26 (31 minutes late). The Fairlie then ran round and departed ECS to the depot at 14:57. A track inspection of the crossover took place at Minffordd after the Woodland Wanderer passed. Lyd arrived back at 16:41 with the final working of the day 31 minutes late and the loco refuelled and watered before running round and departing ECS back to the depot at 17:01 to close the day's activities.

 

F&WHR 2/7/22

Saturday was forecast to be a day of sunny periods in Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 15C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but FIVE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer, two Mountain Spirit and one Harbourmaster train).

The first movement was Harlech Castle passing through Tan-y-bwlch with a PW train about 08:00. No.87 hauled the 09:40 Harbourmaster. The procedure for crossing Britannia Bridge is quite involved. Rather than use the signalbox controls, the Britannia Bridge crossing lights sequence is initiated by the engine driver who uses the token in a switchbox attached to the lamp post next to where the loco normally stands. After getting the right away from the guard, the driver inserts the token and then the road lights and klaxon start before finally after clearing the railway signal a minute later allowing traffic to clear the crossing and approaching vehicles to come to a stop.

 

This westerly view (2/7/22) shows Harlech Castle hauling a volunteer PW train. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.W. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a web camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Up at Tan-y-bwlch Moelwyn arrived hauling the Mess coach and a group of volunteers at 09:34. The train departed towards Dduallt 5 minutes later. Next to depart Porthmadog was David Lloyd George on the 10:30 Mountain Spirit and thirdly Lyd on the 10:55 Woodland Wanderer from the WHR platform as usual.

Up at Tan-y-bwlch, Moelwyn returned at 13:40 and headed towards Minffordd with the FR Mess Car. Harlech Castle returned from the Dduallt direction with a brake van at 1725 before shunting into the sidings at 17:30. It appears the loco was locked in the sidings for the night maybe for use on Sunday. Towards the end of the day the Fairlie was back in Porthmadog with the afternoon Mountain Spirit working and had run round by 17:40 and departed ECS for the depot to close the day.

 

Moving Pictures No.66 1/7/22

Click on the YouTube link to watch 23 minute 55 seconds of video covering the PTG Tour of both railways on 6/6/22, Beer Fest 10-11/6/22 and an update on No.134. This video was published on 1/7/22 and is best viewed at 1080p with Chrome. This video was produced by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional 4K Betamax camcorder.

 

F&WHR 1/7/22

Friday was forecast to be a day of sunny periods in Porthmadog with maximum temperatures of 15C. There was ONE train from Caernarfon (the Snowdonia Star) but THREE trains from Porthmadog (two Woodland Wanderer and one Harbourmaster train). Next Friday the Mountain Spirit will return along with the through trains on the WHR.

No.87 left with The Harbourmaster at 09:40 to start the day and at 10:30 Lyd was running round in the FR platform preparing the 10:55 Woodland WandererNo.130 returned to Caernarfon on the Snowdonia Star departing Porthmadog at 14:15 after Lyd departed on the 13:55 Woodland Wanderer. Last move of the day came at 16:48 when No.87 returned the Harbourmaster ECS to the depot in the rain.

 

WHR 100 Event??

The end of June has come and gone and the details promised by the end of June about the WHR 100 event have not been released. Society Members and the general public are confused as to what is happening on the weekend of 30-31/7/22 and need to know before making plans to visit the F&WHR and booking accommodation!

All that can be said for certain is that a train of skips went to Pen-y-Mount on 26/6/22. For photos see the WHRS page. Russell was on test on the WHHR for the first time since 2019 on 29/6/22 and on the same day Blanche headed north with four coaches and has not been seen again!

 

TfW Class 197s on display 1/7/97

The new Class 197s were on display at Chester today. The new DMUs have been staff training in North Wales and will operate on all routes in North Wales. They feature leather seats, air conditioning, information screens, charging points and wide dual leaf sliding power doors. Trains will be introduced before the end of the year. See Daily Post story.

 

Railtour update

The Blue Pullman is coming to North Wales on 2/7/22. The train starts from Perth and calls at several Scottish stations on its way to Llandudno. what is surprising is the dearth of other Saphos Tours to North Wales. Vintage Trains cancelled its Cambrian Coast Explorer 2 to Aberystwyth on the same day. It is a long while now since Aberystwyth had an excursion. Perhaps the local councillors should have been more vocal in opposing NR's ERTMS signalling scheme which limits traction to the yellow Class 97 (aka Class 37) as no portable unit has ever been provided that could be fitted to visiting steam or diesel traction.

RTC are running a North Wales Coast Express 17/7/22 from Liverpool using WCR's Carnforth steam loco pool. Their tour of the Cambrian on 12/8/22 has been postponed until early September (TBA) before the Barmouth bridge steelwork is removed and replaced in Phase 2 of the upgrade works. This interesting tour from Cardiff goes out via Hereford and returns via the Central Wales Line.

The other RTC tour Oxford-Pwllheli scheduled for 9/9/22 (just before the Barmouth Bridge closure) has been postponed until 2023 and presumably the Cardiff-Pwllheli tour is taking its slot. RTC has been in difficulties recently as a tour from Ealing to Buxton calling at Kettering was postponed for 2 years and then drew many complaints as passengers were unable to see the steam loco hauling the train, Bahamas, close up at any point in the journey!!

On 3/9/22 Vintage Trains are running a North Wales Coast Express from Tyseley to Blaenau Ffestiniog with 7029 Clun Castle to Chester via Crewe and return but 47773 from there to Blaenau Ffestiniog.  

On 14/9/22 the Snowdonia Statesman runs from High Wycombe to Blaenau Ffestiniog with a pair of LSL Class 47s (presumably top and tailing).

The Staycation Express has been withdrawn from the Settle and Carlisle line after the use of an HST rather than classic diesels was found to attract low ridership. The company says it might relaunch next year and try the Central Wales Line from Shrewsbury to Swansea. The central section of this line is particularly picturesque between Knucklas Viaduct and Llandovery over the Cambrian Mountains with two tunnels and several viaducts and pathing is no problem as the regular service is very sparse.

 

Additional F&WHR events

Additional 2022 events have now been confirmed by the F&WHR, shown below in blue. On the basis of what has happened in previous years here is a speculative attempt to predict what other events (marked with a question mark) the F&WHR might offer in 2022, subject to COVID restrictions. This will be updated as hard information is received and dates confirmed.

1/1/22 Final Christmas Cwellyn/Christmas Glaslyn trains
17-27/2/22? Half Term Holiday trains? CANCELLED
26/3/22 Start of new season
26-27/3/22 Photo charter on WHR with K1/Welsh Pony on passenger and freight
Easter 16-18/4/22? Easter Bank Holiday Weekend Service
23/4/22 The Snowdonian
30/4/22-2/5/22 FfRS AGM Weekend with visiting traction (possibly some on WHR)
2-5/6/22 Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend services
6/6/22 PGA Tours full length of F&WHR
10-11/6/22 Rail Ale
20/7/22 Race the Train Dinas to Caernarfon
26/7/22 Summer Season starts with Cwellyn service Caernarfon-Rhyd Ddu added on WHR TThO initially
30-31/7/22 WHR 100 Dinas-South Snowdon (aka Rhyd Ddu)
2/9/22 End of Summer Season trains
September 2022? Snowdonian Limited (over 2 days)
17-18 September 2022 WHR SuperPower and WHRS AGM SuperPower CANCELLED?
19/9/22 PGA Tours full length of F&WHR
7-9/10/22 FR Bygones Weekend event ( may include some trains on south end of WHR)
30/10/22? Final trains of the season?
December 22? Santa Specials-Twice a day Caernarfon-Rhyd Ddu on 10-11/12/22, 17-18/11/22 and 22-23/12/22?
December 22? Christmas Cwellyn-Twice a day Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu until 1/1/23?
December 22? Christmas Glaslyn-Twice a day Porthmadog to Beddgelert 27/12/22 until 1/1/23?

 

More Cambrian Coast Expresses excursions

After the disappointment last season when a careless lorry driver working on the A487 Dyfi Bridge diversion hit Machynlleth station road bridge with his tipper up leading to cancellation of excursions, there are four from Pathfinder this year! The excursions will be hauled by NR's yellow Class 37s (aka Class 97) between Shrewsbury and Pwllheli.

Very few railtours will visit North Wales in the early part of the year with COVID suppressing the market.

Locos listed with an S prefix are steam engines, otherwise diesel locos.

Date Railtour Name From-To Promoter Loco
19/2/22 Settle and Carlisle Circular Telford-Carlisle pu Shrewsbury-Chester Statesman Rail TBA
13/4/22 The Devonian Pullman Bangor-Kingswear pu NWC Midland Pullman Midland Pullman Blue HST set
27/4/22 Severn Valley Enterprise Llandudno Junction-Brignorth pu NWC Saphos trains Diesel, steam from Crewe
30/4/22 Llandudno Victorian Statesman Ely-Llandudno Statesman Diesel
30/4/22 North Wales Coast Express Tyseley Loco Works-Llandudno Vintage Trains Class 20
30/4/22 Conwy/Bodnant Gardens York-Llandudno Junction Northern Belle Diesel
13/5/22 Cambrian Coast Express Oxford-Pwllheli pu Banbury-Shrewsbury Pathfinder Diesel, 2x 97/3 from Shrewsbury
20/5/22 Cambrian Coast Express Bristol Temple Meads-Pwllheli Pathfinder Diesel, 2x 97/3 from Shrewsbury
25/5/22 Snowdonia Statesman Swindon-Blaenau Ffestiniog Statesman Diesel, 2x LSL 47s
2/7/22 North Wales Coast Pullman Perth-Llandudno Saphos Blue Midland Pullman HST
2/7/22 Cambrian Coast Explorer 2 Stratford on Avon-Aberystwyth Vintage Trains CANCELLED
17/7/22 North Wales Coast Express Liverpool-Holyhead RTC WCR Carnforth steam loco pool
19/7/22 The Welsh Mountaineer Preston-Blaenau Ffestiniog RTC  
29/7/22 Conwy Castle & Bodnant Gardens Leicester-Llandudno Junction Northern Belle Class 47/57
12/8/22 Cambrian Coast Express Cardiff-Pwllheli return via Central Wales Line Pathfinder POSTPONED until early September
9/9/22 Cambrian Coast Express Oxford-Pwllheli Pathfinder POSTPONED until 2023
11/9/22 Snowdonia Statesman High Wycombe-Blaenau Ffestiniog Statesman Rail Diesel, two LSL 47s
30/11/22 Edinburgh Christmas Statesman Holyhead-Edinburgh Statesman Rail Diesel, two LSL 47s

Loco: TBA=To be announced

pu=pick up locations e.g.. NWC = principle stations on North Wales Coast

Promoters:

Branch Line Society

InterCity

Pathfinder

Midland Pullman

Northern Belle

Pathfinder

RTC (Railway Touring Company)

Saphos Trains

Statesman Rail

Steam Dreams

West Coast Railways

Vintage Trains

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2022

Volunteering is currently organised differently due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 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 2022 is fortnightly for the North Wales Track Gang in RED but details are still awaited for the ROWG in BLACK:

January   8-9/1/22   22-23/1/22  
February 5-6/2/22   19-20/2/22    
March 5-6/3/22   19-20/3/22    
April 2-3/4/22   16-17/4/22   30/4/22-1/5/22
May          
June          
July          
August          
September          
October          
November          
December          

^ Bank Holiday weekend

! Subject to confirmation when the Winter Major Works Programme is available

WW-Working week Saturday-Thursday

The Tuesday Gang expects to be operating most Tuesdays.

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 Phil Nock.

Tuesday Gang:

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

Rest of The World Gang (ROWG): Phil Nock Email: pnock@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!

 

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

Click here for the Official WHR website

Click here for Official WHHR site

Click here for FR Company websites

Click here for Welsh Highland Heritage Group

 

V4.4314 updated 13/8/22