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Star Picture

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Route section pages

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

 

Phase 4 pages

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

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

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

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

Beddgelert Station Area (updated 30/6/07)

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

Aberglaslyn Pass (updated 2/7/07)

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

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

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

Porthmadog Cross Town Link (updated 1/4/07)

 

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 30/6/15)

Snow Scenes (updated 6/12/14)

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

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

Volunteer Contact details page (updated 20/12/14)

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

Access to Phase 2 pages is currently being progressed.

 

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Disclaimer

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

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

 

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Phase 2 DVD released

Following many requests, your webmaster's Hi8 (stereo) Phase 2 analogue camcorder footage has been captured with a digitiser and edited to make a 2 hour DVD. All footage is from the year 2000, including:-

Click here for the Clip List.

The previous Phase 3 VHS video has been edited from original material onto DVD. Both Phase 2 and Phase 3 DVDs come in library boxes with smart illustrated inserts and a clip list (no commentary). The DVDs themselves are attractively labelled with a snowy alpine railway scene at Rhyd Ddu. The DVDs can be provided in any format (+R/-R/+RW/-RW) and the DVDs are not regionalised. Special orders for NTSC versions could be considered if the technology proves workable. All monies raised from the sale of these DVDs will go to the WHRS to support Phase 4. Contact the WHR/FR Shop. Limited numbers of copies of both DVDs will be on sale at WHRS events.

 

Phase 3 Video Offer

A new video offer for Phase 3 was launched at Easter 2004. The last video generated over 1,000 all of which was donated to the WHRS and the new video sold out at Super Power 2004, raising over 400 for Phase 4 funds.

The new video shows the construction, works trains, Royal test trains and the opening to Rhyd Ddu. The video is over 1.5 hours long covering the period 2000-2003. It also includes a few Gala clips and a 'chase the train' sequence at Llwyn-y-bedw. The special Xmas Edition now contains K1 in action footage and the 2005 Gala and the delivery of K1 to Dinas.

Phase 2 is also available in DVD format mastered from digitised analogue footage.

Phase 3 is now available in DVD format mastered from VHS tape for better reproduction!

 

Click here for Phase 3 Construction video Clip List

 

Sept 2007-Aug 2008 Edition of Phase 4 DVD

A new edition appeared at Garratt 50 including scenes from SuperPower 2007 through Palmerston at Beddgelert, the Supporters' Specials in the Aberglaslyn Pass to the final stages of linking up at Traeth Mawr. The DVD is an hour long. John Wooden sold them from his shop and also his on-line shop with all money raised going directly to the WHRS for Phase 4 funds. Following the review to be published in the Winter 2009 TSR, more copies will be produced over Xmas.

Click here for FR on-line shop

Click here for DVD Clip List

Click here for the latest YouTube Clip or on the box below

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 1 min of video of Prince crossing Bryn-y-felin bridge on 27/10/08 working a photo-charter. The quality of the YouTube clip does not represent the quality of the DVD. This video was taken by Barrie Hughes on a JVC Everio GZ-MG21EK camcorder.

 

News Section

WHR timetables

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for Chainages and OS Map Reference

 

NG15 weekend 4-5/7/15

Clive Briscoe reports: A brief note that this last weekend was the July working weekend for the NG15 Group. There will be a full update with pictures soon on the NG15 Group's webpage.

Amongst work that got done was continuing making up the spools and fittings to connect the brake vacuum tanks in the rear compartment of the tender - the spools were initially cut a little long to allow for variation on final fitting so are now being cut and threaded to final lengths and flanges welded to some of the stubs; finishing off the lubrication lines to the front control spring ball joints; removal of the RHS radius bar of No.133's valve gear to compare with No.134's as there could be a problem with No.134's.

There was also work done on K1 - grinding off the welds on the tube ends in the firebox ready for tube removal.

 

Prince and Russell at TR150 5/7/15

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 1 minute 4 seconds of video of Prince and Russell running on parallel special demonstration tracks at Tywyn Wharf station on 5/7/15. This video is best viewed in 1080p HD mode. This video was taken by john Wooden (F&WHR).

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 12 minute 1 seconds of video of Prince and Russell running on parallel special demonstration tracks at Tywyn Wharf station with the TR's own locos celebrating TR150. This YouTube was published 6/7/15 with a compendium of video from the weekend and is best viewed in 1080p HD mode. This video was taken by john Wooden (F&WHR).

 

Castle Caernarfon haulage 3/7/15

Due to essential preventative maintenance on No.138, Funkey diesel Castell Caernarfon was rostered for the 1000 from Caernarfon on 3/7/15. This is a relatively rare event since reliability of the Garratts has been improved in recent years due to the preventative maintenance regime that anticipates problems. The return service was double headed with Castell Caernarfon and Vale of Ffestiniog as far as Rhyd Ddu before the FR Funkey returned to Porthmadog on the rear of the 1415 from Caernarfon when the trains crossed at 1515.

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 2 minutes 8 seconds of video of Vale of Ffestiniog double heading with Castell Caernarfon on 3/7/15 on the 1405 return to Caernarfon. This video is best viewed in 720p HD mode. This video was taken by Andrew Thomas (F&WHR).

 

This easterly view (1/7/15) shows Vale of Ffestiniog returning to Porthmadog on the rear of the 1405 from Caernarfon hauled by No.87 after dropping off the northbound train at Rhyd Ddu at 1515. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Russell at TR

The WHHR has sent Russell to the TR for display at the TR 150 event. Russell spent some time on display at Tywyn Wharf from 1955 before eventually moving to Beddgelert Farm.

 

This Tywyn view (1/7/15) shows Russell being delivered to Tywyn Wharf for display at the TR150 event. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright WHHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Lein Amlwch new website

The Anglesey Central Railway has a new website to promote the future of the Gaerwen to Amlwch line on the isle of Anglesey. While rails remain the trackbed is overgrown and the junction with the main line at Gaerwen disconnected. There is some official backing for a reopening by NR to Llangefni for commuter services to Bangor and use of the former Rhosgoch tank farm siding for transfer of construction materials for the proposed Wylfa B Nuclear Power Station. The company hopes to promote a Heritage Railway on the route which was finally used as a freight branch for Associated Octel at Amlwch, carrying liquid chemical traffic until the traffic was lost to road in the 1994. See SCR website.

 

Prince off to Tywyn 1-2/7/15

It is the Talyllyn Railway's 150th Anniversary event this weekend and Prince is going from the F&WHR. See TR website for full details.

 

This northerly view (1/7/15) shows Prince at Pen Cob being prepared for its weekend visit to the Talyllyn Railway where it will presumably steam on a short piece of 2' gauge track due to the difference in gauges. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Tywyn view (2/7/15) shows Prince at Tywyn Wharf station on a specially constructed 2 foot gauge track. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Team Wylfa report 30/6/15

Clive Briscoe reports: It was a bit of a workout at Dinas on Tuesday evening this week. Expect the unexpected!

We started with the carriages as usual. The train had been a few minutes late arriving back so the Guard was still putting the E Set to bed when we got to the Carriage Shed. As we went inside we heard a shout - he had stepped on the LH running board of NWNGR carriage No.23 to climb in to close a window and it had given way. It appeared a lap joint had come apart. Problem No. 1. Four carriages down the set was Problem No. 2 - No.2021's bottom end bogie had excessively hot wheels showing that the brakes had been dragging. Pulling 'the string' to equalise the pressure in the brake cylinder should have enabled the piston rod to drop so releasing the brakes. It didn't so there's a continuing problem inside - probably the rolling ring sticky in these hot, dry conditions.

So, we quickly ripped up this week's 'to do' list and assessed what to do. It looked as though a temporary fix could be done with the running board - put the lap joint back together and use 4-off through bolts to bolt it together so I set Pete and Dennis up to do that. As for No.2021, the top end bogie wheels were only warm, so I put an advisory on it that the Guards keep an eye on it in service on Wednesday and also informed the Works.

So, that left one of the 'to do' list's jobs that Uli and I could carry on with - thread the ends of the short 1" pipe spools we cut last week to use to connect No.134's vacuum tanks together in series/parallel configuration. It was hot work up in the Loco Shed - hand screwing anything over 1" NB pipe manually is serious work and more so in something like 25deg C air temperature! It took several passes of the die, taking it a bit smaller each run, to get each end threaded to accept the elbows so it took the rest of the evening to get all 4 ends threaded.

After putting the tools away, it was time to see how Pete and Dennis had got on. Not good - yes, they'd drilled through and fitted bolts to hold the lap joint together and stop it falling to the ballast and digging in causing more damage but it was not good - the wood was rotten so I had to fail it for passenger use, ring Control and contact the Works to expect a cripple for repair.

This is the second brake cylinder problem in a couple of weeks - this hot, dry weather is taking starting to take its toll.

 

Tuesday Gang report 30/6/15

Tony Baker reports: Today was spent replacing old and broken wooden gates with new metal gates. Firstly at Cae'r Gors crossing LC 41.34, the double gate on the forestry crossing (just south of Pont Cae'r Gors) was replaced. Then it was off to Hafod-y-Llyn where a single field gate at LC 51.53 was replaced. Passing trains well loaded especially ex-Porthmadog.

 

This northerly view (30/6/15) shows the Tuesday Gang removing the broken gate at Pont Cae'r Gors Forestry road level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (30/6/15) shows No.138 on the 0940 ex-Porthmadog passing Pont Cae'r Gors Forestry road level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/6/15) shows No.87 on the 1000 ex-Caernarfon passing the Pont Cae'r Gors Forestry road level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (30/6/15) shows the Tuesday Gang completing the broken gate at Pont Cae'r Gors Forestry road level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Garratt No.130 comes to WHR 26/6/15

Steam Powered Services (SPS) of Gloucester acquired NG/G16 Garratt No.130 from The Exmoor Steam Railway last year and major components have now been delivered to Dinas. This is the same source as No.109, currently stored at Dinas and owned by The Pete Waterman Trust. Two power units, the boiler cradle, bunker and water tank arrived by road from the Exmoor Steam Railway, having been acquired by Gloucester-based Steam Powered Services Limited at the end of 2014. The boiler is being assessed at the South Devon Railway boiler works.

SPS intends to restore the locomotive to service with an anticipated first steaming date in the spring of 2018. The locomotive is expected to run on the Welsh Highland Railway. SPS Managing Director Peter Best will manage the project with the work being done by contractors. The F&WHR has already secured the contract to build a new bunker, water tank and cab, along with examining the power bogies to draw up a list of the work needed to return them to service.

 

This archive view (19/6/15) shows No.130 stored at the Exmoor Steam Railway. The loco has been judged inappropriate for use on the L&BR and has been sold on. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR Works Manager Tony Williams commented: "We're very much looking forward to working with Peter and seeing another Garratt in action in Snowdonia." Peter Best added: "I am delighted to own No.130 and to bring it to Dinas for evaluation prior to restoration. I would like to thank the Stirland family from the Exmoor Steam Railway for all their help in preparing the locomotive for shipping and for being so supportive to me during the purchase phase." No.130 was last operational on the Port Shepstone-Harding branch in Natal and was withdrawn in 1985. It was imported for the abortive Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay Railway in the 1990s before being moved to the Exmoor Steam Railway.

 

This northerly Dinas view (26/6/15) shows the power bogies from No.130 being unloaded. The loco joins No.140 and No.109 awaiting restoration at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The locomotive was one of a batch of 12 built by the Manchester firm of Beyer Peacock in 1951 and exported to South Africa for use on the extensive two foot gauge railways of the Cape and Natal. The design dates from 1937 and various batches were made by four different manufacturers, with the last of the class being built in South Africa in 1968. The WHR currently has five NG/G16 Garratts, Nos. 87/138/143 are in service, with Nos.109/140 awaiting restoration. No.87 was built by Cockerill in Belgium with the remaining locos by Beyer Peacock.

 

TRAWS gains scoping grant 22/6/15

TRAWS' campaign to reopen the Aberystwyth-Carmarthen line (and eventually Afon-Wen-Bangor) gained a major step forward on 22/6/15 when Edwina Hart (WAG's Transport Minister) gave a 30k scoping survey to the scheme. See TRAWS website. The survey will report back in the Autumn and may lead to a full feasibility study.

 

Tuesday Gang report 23/6/15

Tony Baker reports: On Tuesday 23/6/15 we replaced rotten crossing timbers at LC 37.66 Clogwyn-y-Gwyn. There were 6 volunteers, with sunny and warm weather and plenty of passengers on the trains.

 

This northerly view (23/6/15) shows the original state of Clogwyn-y-Gwyn level crossing before work started. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (23/6/15) shows the final state of Clogwyn-y-Gwyn level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Team Wylfa report 23/6/15

Clive Briscoe reports: On Tuesday evening this week, the team was again in action at Dinas and, after servicing the F Set, onwards with No.134 work.

We're now scratching around for jobs to do as the axleboxes needed for re-wheeling the loco are STILL not completed at Boston Lodge. However, something did get done - I remembered that the loco's vacuum reservoir mounted in the new tender's rear compartment still needed work doing. There are four high vacuum tanks from one of the FR's former push-pull set carriages now mounted near the top of the compartment. These need linking up to form the necessary volume. There are tappings in both ends of these cylindrical tanks and they need linking in series / parallel via 1" fittings so Uli and myself went back to the Carriage Shed, where the tender is currently stored, with some fittings to temporarily screw into the tappings so as the determine the length of short spools to go between the tanks. We found we had just enough elbows and the required all female tee.

Back in the Loco Shed, we used some of our 1" pipe and cut off some lengths for the required spools. Dennis and Pete had already cut off a pair of threaded ends which will be welded to flanges ready to be screwed into the tank tappings - we need another couple of these making. On next week's jobs list will be to thread the ends of the two spools and make another two short threaded / non-threaded spools for flanges. Once all the flanges have been welded onto these very short stubs, everything can all be assembled leaving just a downpipe for the inside of the compartment to connect with the train pipe but this will have to wait until No.134's own tender chassis has been completed as it needs a new front dragbox and the new tender tank lifted on - off No.133's tender chassis on which it currently sits. This chassis only being fit to move the tender tank around Dinas yard as it needs major work before it can be used 'in anger' / be used behind No.133.

Meanwhile, John scavenged around our former 'home' to find some Dexion angle iron we'd left in there. He found it and Pete and Dennis then cut it to length to fit between the uprights of the small steel bench by No.134's frames. Next week they'll drill these uprights and bolt the Dexion on. Its purpose? To make a shelf under the bench top on which to store the new valve jigger modules.

 

Bont Briwet to open 13/7/15

The long running saga of the Bont Briwet replacement road/rail bridge comes to an end in July just in time for the summer tourist traffic. The bridge links the Harlech area with Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog and avoids an 8 mile diversion via Maentwrog that has been in place since the wooden structure had to demolished when it unexpectedly became unsafe during the reconstruction.

See Gwynedd website for full details.

 

Travelling to the WHR

Those travelling by car to the F&WHR from the Midlands should note the ongoing works on the M54 providing a central reservation concrete barrier between junction 3 and 4 on the approaches to Telford which can cause delays. On the other hand the traffic island improvements on the A5 either side of the Severn bridge on the approaches to Shrewsbury are now complete and jams are less likely at the end of the dual carriageway from Telford. The North Wales train service from Manchester was improved late last year with the addition of Class 67 loco-hauled trains from Crewe and Manchester and these are proving popular along with the bus link from Bangor to Caernarfon.

 

LAG Special 19/6/15

This easterly view (19/6/15) shows David Lloyd George hauling the London Area Group Special which covered the whole F&WHR route celebrating 50 years of the group. The train is pictured at 0843 ready to depart Porthmadog station. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Kim Winter and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (19/6/15) shows David Lloyd George approaching Coed Mawr at 1436 just before Beddgelert Forest Campsite. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Kim Winter and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly Beddgelert view (19/6/15) shows David Lloyd George hauling the London Area Group Special which covered the whole F&WHR route celebrating 50 years of the group. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly Beddgelert view (19/6/15) shows David Lloyd George rounding the curve at Bryn-y-felin at 1452. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Kim Winter and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon 17/6/15

This northerly Caernarfon view (17/6/15) shows No.138 running around at Caernarfon taken from an unusual location near to the water tower. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Team Wylfa report 16/6/15

On Tuesday evening this week, Team Wylfa's A Team were back in action. Our German friend and colleague, Ulrich is over for a few weeks so will again be joining in. It's always a pleasure having him work with us.

It was the usual story, check and oil the carriages - E Set this week - leaving some work for our B Team on Thursday (top up the flange lube grease sticks) then carry on with work on NG15 No.134. We're still waiting for some black paint to top coat the RHS (Driver's side) of the frames so we were scratching around for work. Some more pipe clips were required for the vacuum brake train pipe so Uli and myself went across to the workshop's hydraulic press and quickly produced one with the press tool that I made a long time ago. That will get completed and fitted this coming weekend - which is the June working weekend on No.134.

Dennis continued checking the turbo-generator. It was left with the bearings soaking in paraffin before our break. It had certainly freed them but they are obviously 'shot' and need replacement as the rotor turns quite freely but you can feel the extreme roughness in the bearings.

On Wednesday morning, the apprentices and tutors from Llandrillo College came along to complete the valve jigger - they have been machining the axles for us. The bearings were duly pressed on and the 4 modules of the jigger finally assembled (One either side of a wheel then the same for the other wheel at the end of the axle). There were no wheeled NGG16 power units yet to try the jigger on but the driving wheels were adjacent to No.143's power bogies so the now completed jigger was set up with a wheelset. It effortlessly lifted them clear of the railhead and they could be easily turned. So, success! There is one minor snag in that the jigger pairs on each side tend to kick out and jam on the loco's wheels so two new tie bars will be acquired and fitted to the outboard ends which will cure the problem - just two lengths of 75 x 10 flat which will be drilled to suit each end. These will then be fixed using the existing M20 bolts which hold the angle uprights to the respective base plates.

 

This Dinas view (16/6/15) shows the valve jigger placed against a wheelset for a trial lift. The conical faces of the bearings fit the wheel's cone angle so are self aligning. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Clive Briscoe and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Tuesday Gang report 16/6/15

Tony Baker reports: On Tuesday 16/6/15 we replaced the rotten left hand outer crossing timbers at LC 42.54, Hafod Ruffydd. Six volunteers took part.

 

This northerly view (16/6/15) shows the original state of Hafod Ruffydd level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (16/6/15) shows No.87 passing the site of the former Hafod Ruffydd siding on the 1000 ex-Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (16/6/15) shows the Tuesday Gang cutting the new timbers to size. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (16/6/15) shows the completed job at Hafod Ruffydd level crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2015

Volunteers are right at the forefront of keeping the permanent way, in particular, and the infrastructure, in general, fit for trains to run. We have a mix of weekend and weekday working parties. The Black Hand, Tuesday and Rest of the World Gangs will be very glad to accept an extra a hand. 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 the remainder of 2015 is as follows:

March 7-8/3/15 14-20/3/15WW 21-22/3/15    
April 4-5/4/15   18-19/4/15 24-27/4/15LW  
May 2-3/5/15 9-15/5/15WW 16-17/5/15    
June 5-8/6/15LW 13-14/6/15   27-28/6/15  
July 4-10/7/15WW 11-12/7/15   25-26/7/15  
August   8-9/8/15 14-17/8/15LW 22-23/8/15  
September 5-6/9/15 12-18/9/15WW 19-20/9/15    
October 3-4/10/15   17-18/10/15 23-26/10-15LW 31/10/15
November 1/11/15   14-15/11/15 21-27/11/15WW 28-29/11/15
December   12-13/12/15      

^ Bank Holiday

LW-Long weekend Friday-Monday

WW-Working week Saturday-Friday

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

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

Contacts

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

Tuesday Gang:

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

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

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

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

 

Gradient graph

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

 

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

 

Events 2015

1/1/15 Final Mince Pie Special 1000 return from Caernarfon
14-22/2/15 Prince in steam at the NRM during the Paddington Bear event aimed at children
28/2/15 Start of WHR 2015 Green SSuO Timetable
6-15/3/15 Welsh Pony components at Carrog for LlR Steam, Steel and Stars Gala
21/3/15 Start of WHR 2015 Season Blue Timetable
4-6/4/15 Easter Frolics family events around the F&WHR
18/4/15 The Snowdonian
1-4/5/15 150 Years of Passenger Trains on FR (some events on WHR 2/5/15)
15-17/5/15 Rail-Ale Beer Festival based at Dinas
25-28/5/15 May Day weekend family events around the F&WHR
25/7-31/8/15 Summer family events around the F&WHR including Beddgelert this year
23/8/15 Family day at Dinas with Classic Cars, Footplate Rides and Sausage Making
11-13/9/15 SuperPower 2015 (WHRS AGM 12/9/14)
9-11/10/15 FR Victorian Weekend (some events possible on WHR in Porthmadog)
29/10/15 WHR Halloween Train Caernarfon to Waunfawr
12-13/12/15 WHR Santa Trains Caernarfon-Waunfawr
19-20/12/15 WHR Santa Trains Caernarfon-Waunfawr
22-23/12/15 WHR Santa Trains Caernarfon-Waunfawr
27-31/12/15 Mince Pie Specials 1000 return from Caernarfon

 

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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