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This northerly view (19/9/17) shows No.87 being dragged from Boston Lodge to Dinas following failure on 16/9/17 with a frame problem. Vale of Ffestiniog provides the traction at 1040 approaching Summit Cutting at Pont Cae'r Gors. The weather had improved from that of the dismal weekend. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

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

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

 

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

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

Route section pages

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

 

Phase 4 pages

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

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

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

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

Beddgelert Station Area (updated 30/6/07)

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

Aberglaslyn Pass (updated 2/7/07)

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

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

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

Porthmadog Cross Town Link (updated1/4/07)

 

Other pages

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

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

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

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

Archived News Page (updated 4/10/17)

Snow Scenes (updated 31/10/15)

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

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

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

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

Video list (new 9/11/15)

Access to Phase 2 pages is currently being progressed.

 

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

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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 courtesy of Steve Harris/WHRS

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

Click here for Chainages and OS Map Reference

 

WHR 19/9/17

After Vale of Ffestiniog had headed north with the failed No.87, it later returned to Boston Lodge hauling the SuperPower heritage stock and locos Palmerston and Lilla.

 

This southerly view (19/9/17) shows No.138 hauling the 10:45 from Porthmadog just north of Meillionen/Beddgelert Forest Campsite Halt. Very few trains called at the halt during the two weeks from SuperPower due to the campsite's imminent closure a the end of October and few campers. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog passing the Beddgelert Forest Campsite hauling the SuperPower heritage stock back from Dinas to Boston Lodge after delivering the failed No.87. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows Palmerston passing the Beddgelert Forest Campsite being hauled back from Dinas to Boston Lodge after being used for cab rides at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (19/9/17) shows Lilla passing the Beddgelert Forest Campsite being hauled back from Dinas to Boston Lodge after hauling vintage train duties at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

No.134 progress 16-17/9/17

Clive Briscoe reports: This September's working weekend corresponded with the WHR's 'Superpower Weekend' with all three Garratts (later reduced to 2!) being out and about with odd consists - longer than usual, freight and mixed passenger/freight trains. There were visits by an FR Fairlie (Earl of Merioneth-Ed) and Hunslet Lilla and England Palmerston offering free rides up and down the sidings in Dinas Station yard.

We found No.134's rolling chassis and tender on display outside the Goods Shed. Our leader, Pete Randall, stood alongside answering questions from SuperPower visitors and doing quite a trade selling No.134 merchandise. Meanwhile, down the yard in our workshop, the final few holes for fitted bolts in the pony and K-H trucks were being reamed to size and the bolts fitted. I believe the final awkward one will have been completed and holes drilled for split pins through the castellated nuts. That being so, it's time for bearings and wheels and getting the trucks back under the loco's frames!

The October Working Weekend is 20-22/10/17.

 

Caernarfon plans

The General Manager was questioned at the WHRS AGM on 16/9/17 about the possibility of expansion of train services next year when the new Caernarfon Station opens. He indicated that there will not be an increase in the number of trains. The reasons given were that the WHR market needs further development and there is insufficient rolling stock. He added that a third train increases staffing and other costs disproportionately.

The FR was operating four return services in mid-October compared to 1.5 return services on the WHR! Maybe it is time to consider shorter WHR trains hauled by smaller engines between the Garratt mega-trains and turn them back at Rhyd Ddu? After all if a WHR passenger at Caernarfon misses a train because of traffic they may go away rather than wait over four hours for the next service which only offers a return to Rhyd Ddu.

 

No.87 repair 20/10/17

No.87 was repaired by 20/10/17. The water tank had been taken off and a wheelset dropped. The suspension springs on left hand side of front engine were removed and the frame levelled on either side of full depth crack. The crack was ground out on either side of frame, welded up and the weld was ground smooth before re-assembly of the loco. It should be available for traffic soon though Nos.138/143 are currently rostered this week.

 

Vale of Ffestiniog recovers No.87 19/9/17

No.87 failed on Saturday 16/9/17, the second day of WHR SuperPower Gala, and Vale of Ffestiniog hauled the loco back to Dinas for repair on 19/9/17. Fortunately, after a rather dismal weekend, the weather had cleared.

 

This southerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 past fallen branches just north of Meillionen /Beddgelert Forest Campsite Halt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 approaching Meillionen level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 approaching the summit at Pont Cae'r Gors. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 approaching Summit Cutting. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 at Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 at Rhyd Ddu waiting to pass the 1000 from Caernarfon . Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows No.143 hauling the 1000 from Caernarfon at Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (19/9/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the failed No.87 at Rhyd Ddu departing for Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

WHR 18/9/17

This southerly view (18/9/17) shows No.143 passing fallen branches just north of Meillionen/Beddgelert Forest Campsite Halt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (18/9/17) shows No.138 approaching Meillionen /Beddgelert Forest Campsite Halt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

Gowrie Project

The Gowrie replica project Facebook page was established on 6/10/15 and the project appears to have been running for more than 2 years. Gowrie was the final loco built for the NWNGR and the final single Fairlie loco built in the UK (except for the replica Taliesin). It was disposed to the Government in 1918 and subsequently scrapped, see Gowrie Festipedia page.

 

WHR cancellation 17/10/17

Despite the storms, the WHR was operating on 17/10/17 but then No.138 failed at Pont Croesor with the 10:45 to Caernarfon and was recovered to Porthmadog as no loco was available capable of taking the full length train and dead engine forward up the 1 in 40 to Rhyd Ddu. This also meant cancellation of the 14:15 return from Caernarfon. The F&WHR is in need of a powerful rescue diesel particularly as No.87 may be out of action for a while.

 

Caernarfon station progress 13/10/17

This northerly view (5/10/17) shows blockwork well underway with four bricklayers and some filling up to the underside of the floor. The large entrance door to the display area will allow a spare loco or wagon to be on show there. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon station progress 5/10/17

This northerly view (5/10/17) shows the roof supports for the display area and blockwork underway. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon Station progress 3/10/17

The F&WHR advises that Caernarfon station is an EU-funded INVEST project which helps 100 businesses expand. The WHR was largely built with EU funds.

 

This northerly view (3/10/17) shows the situation at the end of the day with the steelwork complete and blockwork underway. 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 (3/10/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. With the steelwork complete, blockwork has begun on the platform side of the station. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (3/10/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. With the steelwork complete, blockwork has begun around the front of the rotunda as well. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon Station progress 14/9/17

This northerly view (14/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. The cherrypickers have been hard at work erecting the steelwork. Some final pieces remain to be erected on the left. The sloping roof is becoming apparent. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Heritage Carriage Shed floor completed

This Boston Lodge view (8/10/17) shows Criccieth Castle and some rolling stock inside the Heritage Carriage Shed. The floor has been finished with polished concrete effectively completing the shed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera.

 

Barmouth Bridge upgrade

NR is seeking approval to spend over £20m upgrading Barmouth Bridge to ensure it stays fit for another 150 years of service. The bridge celebrated its 150th anniversary in mid October with a special loco hauled train from Bristol to Pwllheli. Work will be undertaken in the NR Financial Control Period 2019-24 and a final decision was due to be taken on 13/10/17. See BBC news story.

 

FR Victorian Gala YouTube 6-8/10/17

Click on the YouTube link to watch 29 mins 48 seconds of video covering the FR's Victorian Gala 6-8/10/17 including some WHR scenes published 12/10/17. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional betamax camcorder and is best watched in 1080pHD in Google Chrome browser.

 

Boston Lodge views 17/9/17

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows Blanche nearing completion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows Welsh Pony's refurbished cab nearing completion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows Lyd, having returned from its rescue duty to Dinas the day before. The loco was on standby duty for Sunday. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows No.87 failed with a frame problem awaiting removal to Dinas as it is too large for Boston Lodge works. The loco is still carrying its WHR Stars headboard, 'Corona Borealis'. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows Conway Castle disassembled for repair on the Garratt pit road. It is proposed that this siding will become a Garratt running shed for light maintenance under the Sustainable Railway project. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows the completed Heritage Carriage shed with an ex-SAR wagon outside. The siding alongside gives run round access to the rear of the FR's Carriage Shed and also access to CR Chinese loco project shed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows the large pile of rock excavated to allow completion of the Heritage Carriage Shed. This will be used on the foreshore to allow construction of a new enlarged Carriage Shed. Also visible are the sidings leading to the C2 Chinese Loco Project shed and the cab of this loco which, it is hoped, may eventually run on the WHR. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows new FR Observation Car No.152 nearing completion in the Coach Works. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows the surveyors' poles in blue and orange on the foreshore marking out the future base of the embankment alongside the Carriage Shed. The large pile of rock seen at the centre will be used to stabilise this area before the new Carriage Shed is constructed on this extended land. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows the FR's PW Mess Coach No.1111 with two converted BZ wagons. The conversion of BZ1423 with end flaps to allow an excavator to roll along the rake of wagons has proved a successful alteration for PW duties. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Boston Lodge view (17/9/17) shows Criccieth Castle, presumably on Works Pilot duties. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

Michael Moel Tryfan news September

The Railway Magazine October edition reports that the F&WHR has donated the two trailing bogie wheelsets form the original WHR loco Moel Tryfan to the WHHR. When the nascent 'new' FR had cash-flow problems in 1954 it cut up Moel Tryfan but retained the wheelsets which were later used with the ex-Penrhyn Railway 'Ladies' Linda and Blanche to improve ride stability. These pony trucks have recently been replaced and the originals will now be reunited with the trailing bogie frame preserved at the WHHR. The move could kick start a campaign for a replica Single Fairlie. There seemed little chance the F&WHR would progress such a project as the triple axle Single Fairlie power bogie would not be interchangeable with any of the F&WHR's two axle Double Fairlie power bogies. See Moel Tryfan Facebook page for more details.

 

Tuesday Gang report 10/10/17

Tony Baker reports: The Tuesday Gang have been working at Boston Lodge for the last 5 weeks building a level crossing behind the carriage shop. Still not finished.

 

Michael Portillo visit 4/10/17

Michael Portillo visited the WHR on 4/10/17 to film an episode for the new series of Great Railway Journeys. The film crew had visited the FR the day before. The programme is likely to be aired in January 2018 as all early series have occupied this time slot.

 

Luxury afternoon teas in October

Every Saturday in October First Class passengers on the 1410 from Porthmadog to Caernarfon will be offered afternoon tea for £15 and a bottle of Prosecco for £17.95. these offers must be booked in advance. See F&WHR website.

 

Cash for Caernarfon Appeal 27/9/17

In September the F&WHR launched an appeal for £140k to finish Caernarfon station with leaflets in the railway press. EU and Welsh Government funds only cover part of the total and £460k match funding is required. So far £360k had been raised. Although the F&WHR Trust can make up the total, it would have to use Diamond Jubilee funds allocated to the Sustainable Railway project such as carriage sheds and addition modern coaches. Bronze contributors are invited to pay £25 per month for 5 years, Silver £50 per month and Gold £100 per month. Each level of donation earns various privileges.

 

This northerly view (27/9/17) shows Caernarfon station steelwork nearing completion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This easterly view (27/9/17) shows Caernarfon station steelwork nearing completion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (27/9/17) shows Caernarfon station steelwork nearing completion. The space between the station building and wall will house the platform and run round track and may also accommodate the TRAWS proposal for an NR Bangor-Carmarthen link if the rails are interleaved. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

Cambrian Coast Express 10/10/17

The Pathfinder Tours 'Cambrian Coast Express' celebrated 150 years of the completion of the A&WCR and Barmouth Bridge. The train was hauled by two NR Class 37s (Nos. 97303/4). The tour gave about 3 hours in Porthmadog for those that chose to get off there.

 

Click on the YouTube link to watch 4 mins 26 seconds of video covering the Cambrian Coast Express railtour at Porthmadog on 10/10/17 published 11/10/17 taken from Moel-y-gest. This video was taken by John Rawlings Canon 5D Mk 2 digital camera with a 400mm lens and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser.

 

This easterly view from Moel-y-gest (10/10/17) shows the Cambrian Coast Express approaching Porthmadog with the new bypass and the Afon Glaslyn Bridge in view to the rear. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on a Canon 5D Mk 2 digital camera with a 400mm lens.

 

This easterly view from Moel-y-gest (10/10/17) shows the Cambrian Coast Express passing Porthmadog Football Club. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on a Canon 5D Mk 2 digital camera with a 400mm lens.

 

This easterly view from Moel-y-gest (10/10/17) shows the Cambrian Coast Express arriving at Porthmadog and passing the southbound ATW service. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on a Canon 5D Mk 2 digital camera with a 400mm lens.

 

This easterly view from Moel-y-gest (10/10/17) shows the Cambrian Coast Express at Porthmadog. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on a Canon 5D Mk 2 digital camera with a 400mm lens.

 

SuperPower 17/9/17

The weather improved a little on Sunday after a dismal Friday/Saturday but the disruption caused by the failure of No.87 led to cancellation/amendment of several trains.

 

This southerly Aberglaslyn Pass view (17/9/17) shows No.138 climbing the 1 in 40 on the 1045 from Porthmadog which was supposed to be double headed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (17/9/17) shows No.138 at Hafod Ruffydd on the 1045 from Porthmadog which was supposed to be double headed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This westerly view (17/9/17) shows No.138 departing Rhyd Ddu on the 1045 from Porthmadog which was supposed to be double headed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (17/9/17) shows No.138 departing Rhyd Ddu on the 1045 from Porthmadog which was supposed to be double headed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

SuperPower YouTube 16/9/17

Click on the YouTube link to watch 6 mins 21 seconds of video covering SuperPower 16/9/17 published 17/9/17. This video was taken by Simon Roberts (SAYFILM Productions) on a camcorder and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser.

 

SuperPower 16/9/17 Lyd

The plan to have three Garratts in operation all weekend, utilising a standard FR rake as the third set, was foiled by the failure of No.87 with frame problems at Pont Croesor on Saturday afternoon, so it was not available for the 1410 return working. The loco was recovered to Boston Lodge and Lyd, double heading with Vale of Ffestiniog, hauled the train to Dinas, arriving over an hour late at 1728. Lyd was removed and the Funkey continued to Caernarfon and returned to Dinas on the 1635, also very late. The failure of No.87 led to timetable disruption the following day as well with a number of cancellations including the 0955 freight working with the Funkey from Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn as the FR could not find a loco to substitute.

 

This southerly Dinas view (16/9/17) shows Lyd and Vale of Ffestiniog double heading the late 1410 from Porthmadog arriving at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

SuperPower Dinas shed 16/9/17

Access to Dinas Loco Shed was allowed on the Saturday 16/9/17 but was unsigned and the small side door was closed. Some may have missed the opportunity as a result.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows Castell Caernarfon under repair. Gearbox work is underway on the gearbox in the foreground to restore this much needed loco to traffic soon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows Upnor Castle and Castell Caernarfon under repair. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows the former Chattenden and Upnor Combination coach No.1001 under repair. This is the WHR's mess coach for pw and volunteer gangs. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows No.130's boiler cradle under repair. Work is underway for completion of this loco by Summer 2018. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows Castell Caernarfon's repaired gearbox which had been returned on 13/9/17 from Llewellyn's Gears (Bristol). Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows information about Castell Caernarfon's repaired gearbox. Following the gearbox failure, the loco had run between 2015-16 with power to only one bogie making it difficult to rescue a service train on the 1 in 40 sections of the WHR. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows No.130's power bogies under repair. Work is underway for completion of this loco by Summer 2018. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows work underway for the SVR's new build project Standard 3 Tank No.82045. The water tanks are being constructed at Dinas as a job for an external railway and are seen tack welded together. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This Dinas Loco Shed view (16/9/17) shows work underway for the SVR's new build project Standard 3MT No.82045 (this would have been the number of the next built if the Modernisation Plan had not intervened) see Standard Tank project website. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

Winter Timetable

After the Half Term trains stop on Saturday 4/11/17, an Orange timetable will come into force with trains twice a day as last year SWThO Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn until 30/11/17 and from MTFX from 3-15/3/18. These cater primarily for Winter coach tour traffic.

'Santa Specials' operate on 9-10, 16-17, 22-23/12/17 three times a day between Caernarfon and Waunfawr at 1000, 1215 and 1430 and on the same dates between Porthmadog and Beddgelert twice a day at 1100 and 1415, which replace FR Santa trains services this year for the first time.

The Xmas Holiday 'Mince Pie Specials' operate between 27/12/17 and 1/1/18 twice a day from Caernarfon to Beddgelert at 1015 and 1335.

A Purple timetable makes a welcome return for February MFX from 10-25/2/17 with trains twice a day from Porthmadog to Beddgelert at 1115 and 1420. This timetable covers the Half Term period when it is most likely to snow in North Wales.

 

Signalling work

Work is underway at all WHR stations to rationalise signalling this Winter. Already signs have gone up advising Permissive Working in the platforms. Some stations had shunt tokens/limits and others did not. Beddgelert Station's siding ground frame is still incomplete over 2 years after it was started.

 

Cambrian Coast news August-October

A large yacht slipped its moorings and became wedged under Barmouth Bridge on 22/8/17 leading to train cancellations until the following day. See Daily Post story and follow up, BBC news story and Cambrian News story.

Over the weekend  of 14-15/10/17 Barmouth will be celebrating 150 years of the Cambrian Coast Line. There will be several attractions put on by the local council including a light and laser show on the bridge and surrounds, a children’s competition in the town and an exhibition in the leisure centre with a railway theme including a static exhibit in the form of an 0 gauge model of Barmouth Bridge. More details can be found on Facebook. On Tuesday 10/10/17 a Pathfinder diesel-hauled excursion is visiting the line from Bristol, hauled by Class 97/3s from Shrewsbury to Pwllheli: photographs would be welcome as it has been several years since a loco hauled train on the Cambrian Coast Line.

Richard Watson advises: ATW are closing the Cambrian Coast Line for unspecified work from midnight Thursday 26/10/17 until midnight Friday 3/11/17 with a bustitution, see ATW website.

 

SuperPower 16/9/17

SuperPower saw rather poor weather this year, cold and wet, though it did brighten up on Sunday. With no new locos featured, passengers appeared to be rather thin on the ground as the Stars theme did not seem to appeal to the general railway enthusiast and additional parking at Dinas was not required.

The AGM was also a disappointment to some with the first hour of the AGM given over to a talk about Tornado and the P2 project, the history of which is freely available on the internet. Most people come to the AGM to hear about the WHR news but in recent years other items seem to predominate.

In order to attract larger numbers next year, enthusiasts have suggested a new loco needs to be featured such as the WHHR's Russell, the L&B's Baldwin replica Lyn, which was rolled out at their Gala 30/9/17 (see L&B 762 page for video), or one of the VoR locos. All three railways have hosted F&WHR locos in recent years so returning the favour seems in order.

No.87 was failed on arrival at Porthmadog during the afternoon on 16/9/17 with frame damage. This led to some very late running trains at the end of the day as Vale of Ffestiniog was substituted with Lyd (removed at Dinas) and cancellations of some of the Sunday workings to the dismay of linesiders. The Funkey returned the failure to Dinas for repair on 19/9/17 and collected the Heritage stock for return to Boston Lodge.

 

This southerly view (16/9/17) shows K1 dragged out into Dinas yard. It is hoped some more work will be done to restore this loco to traffic soon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (16/9/17) shows the KMX tamper liner stabled out into Dinas yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (16/9/17) shows the rolling chassis of No.134 dragged out into Dinas yard with its completed tender to the rear. monthly work parties continue on this loco, albeit now removed from the Loco Shed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (16/9/17) shows Daffodil and the KMX running truck in Dinas yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This southerly view (16/9/17) shows the new toilet block at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (16/9/17) shows Bill in Dinas yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (16/9/17) shows Lilla on a short rake of bugboxes in Dinas yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

This northerly view (16/9/17) shows Palmerston offering footplate rides in Dinas yard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera.

 

SuperPower YouTube 15-17/9/17

Click on the YouTube link to watch 29 mins 14 seconds of video covering SuperPower 15-17/9/17 published 18/9/17. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional betamax camcorder and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser.

 

Ex Star Picture 14/4/14

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

 

Webmaster's holiday

This webpage will not be updated until early October as your webmaster takes his annual holiday.

 

Caernarfon station progress 11-13/9/17

This westerly view (11/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. The cherrypickers have been hard at work erecting the steelwork and most of the central circular section is complete. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (11/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day as seen from the road. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (12/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. The cherrypickers have been hard at work erecting the steelwork and the central circular section is complete. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (12/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day as seen from the road with the steelwork extending to the south. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day with the steelwork extending to the south. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (13/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day with the steelwork extending to the south forming the Exhibition Hall. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (13/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day with the steelwork extending to the south and the frontage nearing completion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon station steelwork erection progress 8/9/17

This southerly view (8/9/17) shows the cherrypickers hard at work erecting the steelwork as seen from the tunnel entrance. 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 (8/9/17) shows the northern end of the steelwork for the new station erected. The curved frontage is becoming more apparent. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon station steelwork erection progress 7/9/17

This northerly view (7/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. The cherrypickers have been hard at work erecting the steelwork. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (7/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. The curved front of the building is becoming obvious. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (7/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. The curved front of the building is becoming obvious. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (7/9/17) shows the situation at the end of the day. Two cherrypickers have been hard at work erecting the steelwork. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Palmerston for SuperPower 7/9/17

Palmerston will be heading north along the Welsh Highland Railway next week - and will be in steam at Dinas, providing footplate rides, on Saturday 16/9/17. So there will now be a total of nine locomotives in use during SuperPower 15-17/9/17.

 

Caernarfon station steelwork arrives 6/9/17

This northerly view (6/9/17) shows a large crane hired from Danny Lawlor (Bagillt, Flintshire) unloading the steelwork for the new Caernarfon station building at 10:04. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (6/9/17) shows some of the steelwork for the new Caernarfon station building at 10:05 already placed on the ground while a surveyor checks the alignment of the pads that the steelwork upstands will be bolted to. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (6/9/17) shows, with one lorry already unloaded, the crane unloading the steelwork from the second lorry at 10:06. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (6/9/17) shows the northern end of the steelwork for the new station erected. This is probably the wall section that carries the station name. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (6/9/17) shows a cherry picker in use to connect up the steelwork at the tunnel end of the site at 17:42. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Welsh Pony progress 5/9/17

This Boston Lodge view (5/9/17) shows progress with the cab of Welsh Pony. Sensitive restoration of the cab continues however the roof was too corroded to repair. New roof profiles are being installed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon station update 4/9/17

This southerly view (4/9/17) shows the foundations nearing completion with only the south end to do. The holding down bolts for the steelwork is apparent and it cannot be long before steelwork appears. The safe walking route along the trackbed from the Castle Slate Quay car park is still in use on the trackbed alongside the retaining wall while the footpath along St Helens Road is out of use. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Archive alterations

The archived news for 2017 was becoming too big for FrontPage to handle thanks to photos provided by this website's supporters. So it has been split into quarterly sections, 2017a being January to March, 2017 being April to June and 2017c, just started, being July to September.

 

No.143 2/9/17

This southerly view (2/9/17) shows No.143 emerging from Goat Tunnel. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon plan latest

The Daily Post has revealed details of the latest plan for spending some £15m on revitalising Caernarfon, including the area between the castle and the WHR station. Some £3.5m will be spent on redeveloping an artisan quarter in the formerly run down area between the castle and WHR station. CADW, the WAG historic monument service, is planning improvements to the castle itself and upgrading road links.

 

No.130 progress 1-6/9/17

Good progress was made with No.130 in early September. On 1/9/17 the loco's dome hole had been cut and the double plate fitted. All the holes had been drilled and riveting will soon start. The base of the dome has been overhauled and is ready to fit. The top part of the dome is just having a few rivets replaced and a small amount of weld building up. Generally, it is very good condition.

On 2/9/17 The second stage former and the outer throatplate were ready to be formed. It should be completed by 18/9/17 and tacked in place.

On 4/9/17 The front section of the barrel was practically finished and the tubeplate had been inserted and partially riveted up. The sling stays bracket was in and riveted. This section will be offered up to the rear barrel section shortly.

On 5/9/17 the pads for all of the boiler fittings had been made and machined. Most have now been tacked in place including the steam dome, safety valves and manifold. These are on the rear section of the boiler barrel. The clack pad is fitted to the front section.

On 6/9/17 the rear section of the barrel was fully gigged and in position. The pads were all tacked in and the dome doubling plate was being fitted. The next stage is for the two sections to be offered up and then the throat plate made.

 

SuperPower bus tour

An open top bus will run from Ty Seiont (Caernarfon station booking office) to Dinas every half hour from 1015 to 1645 and in the reverse direction from 1100 to 1600. It will go around the castle walls and town centre.

 

No. 9 completes WHR transit 1/9/17

This westerly view (1/9/17) shows Dinas PW shunter No.9 crossing Britannia Bridge. This is the first time the loco has travelled the whole route following protracted restoration after delivery on 29/9/09. 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 (1/9/17) shows Dinas PW shunter No.9 arriving at Porthmadog while Merddin Emrys sets off for Blaenau Ffestiniog. The loco was reported to run well except for bonnet door opening. 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.

 

SuperPower timetable

The locos in use for SuperPower 15-17/9/17 are as follows: Garratts Nos. 87/138/143Earl of Merioneth, Lilla, Lyd, Prince and Funkey diesel Vale of FfestiniogPrince and Lyd have been turned to work chimney first towards Caernarfon.

 

This timetable view (1/9/17) shows Friday 15/9/17 Superpower trains. 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 timetable view (1/9/17) shows Saturday 16/9/17 Superpower trains. 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 timetable view (1/9/17) shows Sunday 17/9/17 Superpower trains. 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.

 

Events 2017

WHR Santa Specials Caernarfon-Waunfawr and Porthmadog-Beddgelert

1/1/17 Final Mince Pie Special 1015/1330 return from Dinas to Beddgelert
19-22/1/17 Hugh Napier at the Caravan and Motorhome Show, Event City, Manchester
18-25/2/17 Start of WHR 2017 Green Timetable Dinas-Beddgelert (2 trains a day)
18-25/2/17 Palmerston on show Kings Cross promoting 'Great little Trains of Wales' booklet
1/3-23/3/17 Orange Timetable MTFX Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn
25/3-30/3/17 Start of WHR 2017 Season Yellow Easter Timetable (5 days only) MFX
1/4/17 Trains every day in May (except 28/4/17) including Easter Red timetable (14-18/4/17) and 29-30/4/17 and 1/5/17
8/4/17 The Snowdonian
28/4-1/5/17 FR Quirks and Curiosities event (includes some WHR events from Hafod-y-llyn)
6-14/5/17 Palmerston visit to Albert Dock, Liverpool
13/5/17 Caernarfon Food Festival (Extra services)
19-21/5/17 Rail-Ale 13th Annual Beer Festival based at Dinas
10/6/17 The Snowdonian Limited- a limited re-run of The Snowdonian
11-12/8/17 Lilla at the Shrewsbury Flower Show
20/8/17 Classic Car Show and Family Day at Dinas
15-17/9/17 SuperPower (WHR AGM 16/9/17)
21-24/9/17 Prince at Highley (SVR) running during the SVR Gala
6-8/10/17 FR Victorian Weekend (may include some WHR events)
27/10/17 WHR Halloween Train
4/11/17 Final day of Yellow timetable
8-30/11/17 Orange timetable Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn WThSO
9-10/12/17 WHR Santa Specials Caernarfon-Waunfawr and Porthmadog-Beddgelert
16-17/12/17 WHR Santa Specials Caernarfon-Waunfawr and Porthmadog-Beddgelert
21-22/12/17 WHR Santa Specials Caernarfon-Waunfawr and Porthmadog-Beddgelert
27/12/17-1/1/18 WHR Mince Pie Specials Caernarfon-Beddgelert
10-25/2/18 Purple timetable Porthmadog-Beddgelert MFX
3-15/3/18 Orange timetable Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn MTFX

 

Mainline news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/6/17 'The East Lancs Enterprise' Preston-Blaenau Ffestiniog (diesel) WCR

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

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

20/9/17 'Conway Valley Explorer I' Dumfries-Blaenau Ffestiniog (diesel) with FR option WCR

4/10/17 'Conway Valley Explorer II' Scarborough-Blaenau Ffestiniog (diesel) with FR option WCR

10/10/17 'Cambrian Coast Express' Bristol temple Meads-Pwllheli (diesel) Pathfinder

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

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2017

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

The programme for 2017 is as follows:

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

^ Bank Holiday weekend

LW-Long weekend Friday-Monday

WW-Working week Saturday-Friday

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

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

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

Contacts

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

Tuesday Gang:

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

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

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

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

 

Gradient graph

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

 

Gradient profile.JPG (319064 bytes)

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.

 

Site development

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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

 

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