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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 15/11/14)

Snow Scenes (updated 19/1/13)

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

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

Volunteer Contact details page (updated 25/10/14)

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

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 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

 

Loco news Autumn 2015

With three Garratt's to rotate in service for two service trains there have been less problems this year. However, both injectors and grates have caused problems from time to time. Slacker tolerances seems to have cured the injector problems. High chrome grate fittings have been installed on No.138 this season and next year another Garratt will be fitted with the third using up the cast iron spares before fitting the high chrome units. Welsh coal rather than Russian coal has been used this year. No.143 will be receiving attention to its power bogies this Winter as it has been in service the longest.

K1 needed to be re-tubed next year following withdrawal on 5/11/4. Some 170 tubes need taking out and this will be a volunteer effort as will preparation of new tubes before permanent staff fit them. Volunteers are advised to contact the K1 Group.

Some DZ wagons have been modified for use on the FR Winter relaying programme. There are only four with sides so some of the DZ flats will have newly fabricated sides fitted. End flaps, in the form of fall plates that can allowed excavators to cross from wagon to wagon, will also be fitted. A few should be ready in time. Now doubt they will see similar use of the WHR.

 

This westerly view (21/11/14) shows Vale of Ffestiniog with the new drop-plate fitted DZ wagons being used on relaying Dragon Curve on the FR. 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.

 

Green timetable sees more fine weather 20/11/14

This westerly view (20/11/14) shows Taliesin with Linda running around its Porthmadog-Beddgelert at Harbour station. 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.

 

Welsh Pony plates arrive 19/11/14

This Boston Lodge view (19/11/14) shows the newly arrived plates purchased for Welsh Pony. These 21mm plates (13/16 inch) cost less than £600 each. 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.

 

For further information see Welsh Pony's website.

 

Tuesday Gang South report 18/11/14

Steve Broomfield reports: The TGS were at Beddgelert on 18/11/14, rebuilding the end of the wall at the 'viewing area'. The tension on the straining post had proved too much and the top section of the wall had broken away. The four fence wires will be re-attached after the mortar has properly set.

 

This easterly view (18/11/14) shows the TGS volunteers working on the Beddgelert station viewing area. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Steve Broomfield and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Team Wylfa report 18/11/14

Clive Briscoe reports: On Tuesday evening this week, the Team were back to work properly on No.134. Over last weekend, the main No.134 Group were hard at work on a variety of tasks, one of which was annealing, brazing the ferrules on the ends of and final fitting of the grease lubrication pipework on the LHS (Fireman's Side) of the loco's frames. (The RHS will be done in 3 weeks' time over the next working weekend). So the task this week was to prime all the pipes ready for a final top coat of gloss next week - when the LHS of the frames will also get its top coat.

Another task undertaken was to start welding some of the flanges onto the vacuum brake train pipe - the spools of which have been waiting for this for some time so they can be finally joined and clipped into place.

 

Tuesday Gang Update 18/11/14

Tony Baker reports: On Tuesday we were at Harbour Station pulling in an additional power cable from beehive 2 to the old Goods Shed. This is required for an additional charging point. There were 7 volunteers and warm sunny weather, almost spring-like. Afterwards we retired to Minffordd and recovered a redundant wire fence as part of the general upgrading of the yard.

 

Welsh Pony update 18/11/14

Click on the YouTube box taken on 18//11/14 above to watch 15 mins 3secs of video voiced by John Whalley (F&WHR CME) covering the sixth update about Welsh pony's disassembled and plans for completion. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional camcorder.

 

Disassembly of Welsh Pony has revealed that new frames and cylinders will be needed. The loco is now basically a kit of parts, many of which can be refurbished and reused. The wheels and tyres seem OK but need checking for cracks. A new boiler will be necessary and plans are for identical dimensions to the current design. It will be of welded construction and built at Boston Lodge, looking very similar to Lilla's, which is currently under refurbishment. A new tender needs building and fortunately, Boston Lodge has the original plans. The flared sides will be recreated as on Taliesin.

 

Linda 16/11/14

This westerly view (16/11/14) shows Linda with Taliesin on the 1130 Porthmadog-Beddgelert hauling an eight coach rake crossing Pont Croesor in a new distant view from high above Llanfrothen. 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.

 

Titbits Autumn 2014

Although traffic improved over the Summer and Autumn it looks like the WHR numbers will be down this year due to the poor start in the Spring. The Tuesday Gang will be working on repair of some of the 135 level crossings over the Winter. Although treated wood has been used, some level crossings have deteriorated badly and thoughts are being given to trialling recycled plastic components at one location, following the successful introduction of recycled plastic sleepers during the Porthmadog Harbour station relaying. The ROWG will be working on introducing staggered joints between Tro Ffridd and Glan-yr-afon. While the North Wales Gang will help with this task, their main task is to introduce lever frames at Beddgelert, Rhyd Ddu Yard and both ends of Hafod-y-llyn loop. The Xmas Working Party  (27-30/12/14) will be tasked with introducing a shunt token at Waunfawr for use in 2015. Waunfawr is the terminus for special trains at some events such as the Beer Festival, Superpower and Santa trains. The WHRS is polling members asking if they would use the proposed Dinas volunteer hostel.

 

'Autumn Gold' YouTube 16/11/14

Click on the YouTube box taken on 16//11/14 above to watch 10 mins 9secs of video of Linda and Taliesin on the 1130 Porthmadog-Beddgelert working, hauling 8 coaches. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional camcorder.

 

Linda and Taliesin to haul Green timetable 15/11/14

The F&WHR website has confirmed that Linda and Taliesin will haul the Green timetable trains from today. With two locos, up to 8 coaches can be hauled as it is anticipated this Porthmadog-Beddgelert service will be popular as there are no through trains on the WHR. Trains depart Porthmadog at 1130 and 1415 MTFX. The service allows two hours between trains for a walk around Beddgelert or a walk to Nantmor through the Aberglaslyn Pass to catch the second return service there. Alternatively, the 1220 from Beddgelert allows an hour and a quarter in Porthmadog, enough time for a meal in Spooners before the return service.

 

This easterly view (15/11/14) shows Linda turned to face north, with Taliesin on the 1130 Porthmadog-Beddgelert hauling an eight coach rake in amazingly sunny weather for November. 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 easterly view (15/11/14) shows Taliesin leading Linda on the 1220 return working from Beddgelert. This loco arrangement allows one loco to work boiler first in both directions. 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.

 

Lighting up time 13/11/14!

This easterly view (13/11/14) shows Harlech Castle on an FR rake in the WHR platform with the lights switched on for the first time to welcome an arrival. The new signal lights blaze in the distance by the signalbox. 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.

 

Bron Hebog layout at Hull 8-9/11/14

Rob Waller reports: We had a great time promoting the WHR at the Hull Model Railway show at the weekend with our layout of Beddgelert ‘Bron Hebog’ on only its second showing at its full extent, showing the line all the way from Cemetery Crossing to Bron Hebog Crossing as the railway enters Beddgelert Forest.

 

This image (8/11/14) shows one of the snaps taken of the Bron Hebog layout at the Hull show. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Francis Gomme courtesy of Rob Waller and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

For anyone who’d like to see more, there’s an album on the layout’s Facebook page (You don't have to be a member of Facebook to visit the page-Ed).

 

Linda to haul Green Timetable trains 12/11/14?

Linda has been turned to face north and had its all weather tender cab fitted. The loco was attached to the back of the 1130 Porthmadog-Beddgelert and hauled the train back to Porthmadog after No.138 detached and ran light engine to Dinas, presumably for Winter maintenance. Having the loco facing north allows use of the sanders for better adhesion on the 1 in 40 approaching Beddgelert if the loco is to be used regularly on the Green timetable now that No.138 has gone home.

 

This easterly view (12/11/14) shows Linda turned to face north, about to join the rear of the 1130 Porthmadog-Beddgelert hauled by No.138. 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 11/11/14

Clive Briscoe reports: After all the sorting out in the Clip Shed these last couple of weeks, on Tuesday evening this week, it was time to start moving tools and equipment for the Team and No.134 Group out to the Loco Shed. We were joined by an old friend who hasn't been with us for a couple of years - Pip Clark. This extra pair of hands was just what was needed as some of the things we moved were quite heavy. Thanks Pip!

First on the agenda was to disconnect the pillar drill and pull the wires back to make safe. Then it was unbolted from the floor and loaded onto our faithful trolley and taken to the Loco Shed. It now requires an internal rewire as the insulation has become brittle - not a big job for the company's electrical engineer but the sooner it's done the better as there are a lot of small components for No.134 that will require drilling in the not too distant future.

Next it was the turn of the small steel bench complete with vice. This was set up against the outside wall of the Loco Shed just ahead of No.134's buffer beam and will provide a very useful fitting bench. Finally, a 4-drawer filing cabinet which houses spare boiler suits and PPE was moved out.

Altogether, a very busy and productive night. The tool cupboards will have to be next - when space has been found! We really could do with our tools to hand now as we're starting the final phase of No.134's rebuild and it's a pain having to walk down to the South Yard and back if you're short of just one tool..!

 

Tuesday Gang report 11/11/14

Tony Baker reports: On 11/11/14 the Tuesday Gang prepared timbers for the next crossings and spent time rationalising our tool storage.

 

NGGT 9/11/14

On the final day of the Narrow Gauge get together participants were treated to a special double Fairlie working from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. The NGGT trip from Porthmadog to Caernarfon and back to Dinas allowed the E set to be stabled at Dinas for the winter. The two Fairlies, having done the shunt at Dinas, returned light engine to Beddgelert where they hooked onto the Green service train (Beddgelert – Porthmadog) hauled by No.138 in order to get back to Porthmadog without too much hassle with tokens/tickets/ timings etc. The NGGT trip went onto visit the Slate Museum in Llanberis and then back to Porthmadog by road.

 

This southerly view (9/11/14) shows Merddin Emrys leading David Lloyd George in the Aberglaslyn Pass as it heads for Caernarfon an unadvertised special for the Narrow Gauge Get Together, the second weekend of charters on the WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright FRS and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (9/11/14) shows Merddin Emrys leading David Lloyd George rounding Canal Curve as it heads for Caernarfon an unadvertised special for the Narrow Gauge Get Together. To the left of the loco can be seen the Boston Lodge ash used for embankment strengthening. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright FRS and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (9/11/14) shows Merddin Emrys leading David Lloyd George at Hafod Ruffydd on an unadvertised special Porthmadog-Caernarfon working for the Narrow Gauge Get Together, the second weekend of charters on the WHR. 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 easterly view (9/11/14) shows Merddin Emrys leading David Lloyd George passing Caeau Gwynion as it heads for Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright FRS and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (9/11/14) shows Merddin Emrys leading David Lloyd George arriving at Waunfawr as it heads for Caernarfon an unadvertised special for the Narrow Gauge Get Together. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright FRS and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (9/11/14) shows David Lloyd George leading Merddin Emrys and No.138 crossing Pont Croesor on an unadvertised 1505 special Beddgelert-Porthmadog working for the Narrow Gauge Get Together, the second weekend of charters on the WHR. 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.

 

First cross-platform interchange at Pen-y-Mount 7/11/14?

The Narrow Gauge Get Together made a bit of history on Friday afternoon (7/11/14) with a hastily arranged cross platform change of trains at Pen-y-Mount Junction so participants at the NGGT could travel from Harbour to see Russell in action, visit the WHHR museum and then catch a subsequent WHR train back to Harbour, (though they did have to go via Pont Croesor!). They think this may have been a “first” but are not exactly sure. They got off on the grass by the junction on the way out but rejoined the WHR on the 'platform' on the way back. They would like to know if it was a first?

 

Welsh Pony progress 7/11/14

This Boston Lodge view (7/11/14) shows Welsh Pony's wheels following the final disassembly of the loco. 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.

 

Over the last week the rolling chassis has been reduced to its basic components. The cylinders have been found to be beyond repair due to corrosion, cracking and general wear. A new cylinder casting is to be made using the same patterns used for Palmerston's rebuild. See Welsh Pony Facebook page for more details.

 

Narrow Gauge Get Together 7/11/14

Britomart ran Minffordd-Pont Croesor shuttles on the first day of the Narrow Gauge Get Together weekend in heavy rain at times. No.138 is hauling the scheduled weekend Porthmadog-Beddgelert Green timetable services. Russell was also in action on the WHHR. Any photos would be welcome.

 

Tuesday Gang report 4/11/14

Tony Baker reports: The gang were at Snowdon Ranger on 4/11/14 where new centre timbers were fitted at LC 35.79. Also all loose SA clips between 35.63 and 35.85 were rectified.

 

This northerly view 4/11/14 shows the decayed timbers at the farm crossing just north of Snowdon Ranger 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 4/11/14 shows the decayed timbers replaced with new at the farm crossing just north of Snowdon Ranger 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.

 

Trident complete 4/11/14

The trident signal on The Cob was commissioned on 4/11/14 at 1615 and all temporary signalling arrangements removed.

 

WHRS East Anglian Group meeting 20/11/14

The next WHR East Anglian Group meeting of the season will be on Thursday 20/11/14. We’re pleased to welcome back Cedric Lodge, who is well known to all of us in Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland circles. Cedric will be speaking about “The Steam Locomotive in the 21st Century” It’s sure to be extremely interesting, so do come along and please bring a friend!

The Group meets at The Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH normally on the third Thursday of the month. We gather at any time after 6-6.30pm; good evening meals are available in the restaurant or bar at reasonable prices. Meetings start around 8pm, with a halfway break for coffee (£1.20 per person), and proceedings are rounded off around 10pm. Fulbourn is easily accessible from the A14/M11 corridors and is served by Stagecoach bus Citi 1 (Note: Bus runs every 30 minutes). Car parking can be busy at the pub, but there is space available on Church Lane, a 3-5 minute walk away.

Our December meeting will be on Thursday11/12/14: Members’ slides and social evening. Note that this meeting is on the second Thursday of the month, and not the third.

We hope to see you all at Fulbourn!

 

First snows of Winter 4/11/14

The Snowdon massif had a covering of snow for the first time this Winter on 4/11/14 just in time for the new Green timetable with two return services from Porthmadog to Beddgelert at 1130 and 1415. A return service from Beddgelert is possible at 1220 allowing over an hour for lunch at Spooners.

 

Team Wylfa Report 4/11/14

Clive Briscoe reports: Three of us continued work in our former home - the Clip Shed. More clearing, junk chucking and sweeping up. All the benches were finally cleared and items off NG15 No.134 carefully found homes for on the existing north side racking. Obvious scrap metal was consigned to one bin, general rubbish to another. The small steel bench complete with vice and welding bench are now ready to be moved to the Loco Shed. The long wooden bench is clear and is probably destined for kindling to light up the locos. Once all these benches are moved, new storage racking will be erected along this wall - initially for low value components off K1 (high value items will be stored securely off-site).

Bit by bit, Teams Wylfa and No.134 are vacating our home of the last 11 years.

 

30742 Charters' Photo shoot 2014 3/11/14

This northerly view (3/11/14) shows K1 making a run past at Pitt's Head at 1023 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (3/11/14) shows K1 making a run past at Pitt's Head at 1040 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (3/11/14) shows K1 making a run past at Ffridd Isaf at 1118 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (3/11/14) shows K1 making a run past at Ffridd Isaf at 1118 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

30742 Charters' Photo shoot 2014 2/11/14

This northerly view (2/11/14) shows No.87 leading No.138 making a run past at Pitt's Head at 0945 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/11/14) shows No.87 leading No.138 making a second run past at Pitt's Head at 0952 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/11/14) shows No.87 leading No.138 approaching Pont Croesor at 1406 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/11/14) shows No.87 leading No.138 rounding Ffridd Isaf curve at 1020 on an unadvertised special Caernarfon-Porthmadog freight working for the 30742 Charters. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Richard Hay and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

2015 services

The 2015 services have appeared on the F&WHR website with services until 31/12/15. The Green timetable kicks in from Saturday 28/2/14 SSuO until 15/3/15, for a second year missing the potential half term holiday traffic the week before which often features trains in alpine conditions. This is despite the FR operating trains at half term proving there is a market. The blue timetable starts on 21/3/14 with some Mondays and Fridays missing. The Yellow peak timetable runs over the Easter period 3-9/4/15, with two return workings from each end of the line, crossing (as last year) at Rhyd Ddu.

In May, there are no services on Mondays and Fridays from 17/4/15. The yellow timetable appears for the 3 day May Day Bank Holiday from 2/5/15. There are no services on 8/5/14. The Yellow timetable reappears strangely on Friday 15/4/15 and Saturday 16/5/15 but not the Sunday. The Half Term holiday sees the Yellow timetable from Sunday 24/5/15 to Friday 28/5/15.

In June there are no Friday services but the peak Yellow timetable operates TWThO as in 2014. July also sees the TWThO yellow timetable with a special timetable on 13/7/15 to allow for an excursion. The daily summer peak Yellow timetable kicks in from Monday 27/7/15, whereas this year the Yellow timetable was in action on Monday 20/7/14 and Friday 24/7/14. The Yellow timetable continues throughout August.

There are services every day in September with the Yellow timetable offering TWThO peak shoulder services until 17/9/15 and the blue timetable on other days. October reverts to the Blue timetable with Mondays and Fridays missing until the Half term holiday week on 24/10/15. Even before the success of this year's Green timetable has been judged, it has been cut back severely for 2015! It will only operate on Saturdays in November and not at all in December.

Santa services operate between Caernarfon and Waunfawr on the three weekends leading up to Christmas. The Christmas Holiday Purple timetable with a single return service at 1000 from Caernarfon runs from 27-31/12/15 with no Boxing Day service, though there are services on the FR. It is possible a New Year's Day service may operate on 1/1/16 as in previous years, though this is not currently shown in the timetable.

In total there will be trains on 230 days in 2015 compared to 248 days in 2014, a 5% cut, mostly caused by a reduction in the Green timetable days. The figures for 2015 (2014 in bracket) are 83 (87) Yellow days, 125 (119) Blue days, 10 (25) Green days, 6 (6) Santa days and 6 (6) Pink days, assuming a 1/1/16 service. It appears that the reduction in Yellow timetable days has been matched by an increase in Blue timetable days.

 

North Wales Track Gang 2/11/14

The North Wales track gang were working on the lever frame for the siding at Beddgelert on 2/11/14, sometimes in heavy rain.

 

30742 Charters' Photo shoot 2014 1-2/11/14

30742 Charters organise an annual photo shoot event on the F&WHR. This year featured four days of action with special trains provided on both the FR and WHR. See 20742 Charters' Facebook page for more details.

 

This easterly view 1/11/14 shows the freight photo shoot with No.87 and No.138 at Ffridd Isaf curve. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Phil Brown and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view 3/11/14 shows the freight photo shoot with K1 at Ffridd Isaf curve. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Neil Scott and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view 2/11/14 shows the freight photo shoot with No.138 and No.87 in the Aberglaslyn Pass in the rain. 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.

 

Photoshoot YouTube 1-2/11/14

Click on the YouTube box published 5/11/14 above to watch 15 mins 59secs of video of various locos on the Photoshoot weekend 1-2/11/14 including K1 working its last photo-charter before the expiration of its boiler certificate and some FR scenes. This video was taken by Austin Whitehead of ACW videos on a camcorder.

 

Tuesday Gang South report 29/10/14

Steve Broomfield reports: Not the most exciting example of the Tuesday Gang South's work, but this FfWHR notice board was fixed to the railings of the chapel in Porthmadog High Street (next to Browsers Bookshop) on 29/10/14.

 

This northerly view 29/10/14 shows the new notice board fitted to the chapel in Porthmadog High Street. No doubt it will soon contain a timetable. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Steve Broomfield and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

End of the Season 1/11/14

The end of the Blue timetable main season trains on the WHR occurred on a Saturday (1/11/14), unusually as many families held their half term holidays over the weekend until Sunday 2/11/14 and missed out on a ride. Mondays and Fridays had also had no WHR train services in October. Nos.138/143 hauled the final round trips. The new green timetable commences on 5/11/14 with two round trips from Porthmadog to Beddgelert MTFX based on Porthmadog with No.138 rostered from the first week rather than the expected Taliesin as in previous years. The loco and rake will be serviced at Porthmadog with no ecs runs from Dinas. The Green weekend timetable terminates at the end of November, however the WThO green timetable continues until 18/12/14. There are 3 Santa Trains a day for the three weekends from 6-21/12/14. The Christmas period sees one return working from Caernarfon in the purple timetable from 27/12/14 to 1/1/15. There is still no Boxing Day service even though it is a regular feature on the FR proving there is a demand.

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2014-15

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 2014 and the first months of 2015 is as follows:

November       22-28/11/14WW 29-30/11/14
December   13-14/12/14      
January 2015   10-11/1/15 17-23/1/15WW 24-25/1/15  
February 2015 7-8/2/15 14-20/2/15WW 21-22/2/15    
March 2015 7-8/3/15 14-20/3/15WW 21-22/3/15    

^ 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 2014-15

22/3/14 Start of WHR 2014 Season
2-5/5/14 Sixty Years of Preservation-FR Gala (possible WHR events?)
3-5/5/14 WHHR Russell Gala-K1 at WHHR
9/5/14 Railway Children Charity Day (Fiji)
16-18/5/14 Rail-Ale Beer Festival
14/7/14 Special Timetable (to accommodate the Royal Scotsman Tour Charter)
18/7/14 onwards 'Summer of Fun'-Fiji cab experience at stations
19/7/14 Prince at DRS Gresty Bridge depot Open Day
23/7/14 'Race the Train'-Dinas-Caernarfon
2-3/8/14 Russell Returns event at WHHR and Russell available subsequent weekends
12-14/9/14 SuperPower 2014 (WHRS AGM 13/9/14)
31/10/14 Halloween Train
6-7/12/14, 13-14/12/14 and 20-21/12/14 Santa Specials 2014 (Caernarfon-Waunfawr)
27/12/14-1/1/15 Mince Pie Specials 2014-5 (1000 return from Caernarfon)
28/2/14 Start of 2015 Green SSuO Timetable
21/3/14 Start of WHR 2015 Season Blue Timetable
15-17/5/15 Rail-Ale Beer Festival
11-13/9/15 SuperPower 2015 (WHRS AGM 12/9/14)

 

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Maps & Plans and links

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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.

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Click here for the Official WHR website

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