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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 2/5/15)

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

 

Russell 2/5/15

This WHHR view (2/5/15) shows Russell at the Tremadog Road terminus. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Tuesday Gang 5/5/15

Tony Baker reports: The Tuesday gang were back at Pitt's Head on 5/5/15 to complete ditch clearance started last week. We were able to finish job because thankfully the weather was not as bad as had been promised.

 

These northerly view (5/5/15) shows the Tuesday Gang completing work on the overgrown drainage ditch on the west side of Pitt's Head Cutting. Click on the image to enlarge. These images are copyright Tony Baker and were taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

These northerly view (5/5/15) shows the Tuesday Gang completing work on the overgrown drainage ditch on the east side of Pitt's Head Cutting. Click on the image to enlarge. These images are copyright Tony Baker and were taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Britomart 4/5/15

This easterly view (4/5/15) shows Britomart on a short FR rake on a sunny Monday afternoon. Upnor Castle is back at Porthmadog after its recent visit to Dinas and was used on the 0815 'Early Bird' service to Blaenau Ffestiniog earlier in the day. A WHR service train has just arrived in the WHR platform. 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.

 

Boston Lodge 3/5/15

This Boston Lodge view (3/5/15) shows pw loco Harlech Castle B wagon No.1834 up on the ex-Channel Tunnel jacks receiving attention. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (3/5/15) shows B wagon No.1834 receiving attention. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (3/5/15) shows work starting on the historic Kerr-Stuart diesel loco No.4415 that was tested on the Bryngwyn branch in 1928-29. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (3/5/15) shows work starting on the historic Kerr-Stuart diesel loco No.4415 with the disassembly of the loco. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Gala 2/5/15

Merddin Emrys hauled the afternoon working to Rhyd Ddu on 2/5/15. Views of Taliesin on the morning working would be welcome.

 

This southerly view (2/5/15) shows Merddin Emrys on a short prototypical WHR rake running to Rhyd Ddu on a wet afternoon just north of Pont Croesor. 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 northerly view (2/5/15) shows Merddin Emrys on a short prototypical WHR rake running to Rhyd Ddu on a wet afternoon just Ynysfor Level Crossing. 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.

 

Dinas 18/4/15

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows No.143's tanks on a flat wagon along with No.134's tender behind in the Dock Road at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows ex-Shotton Steelworks stockyard shunter (probably Ben) grounded above the Dock Road at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows FR wagon No.291 fitted with the Farma grab and stabilising legs at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (18/4/15) shows No.133 with K1's tank at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Castell Caernarfon at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (18/4/15) shows grounded cab components grounded from No.140 at Dinas, still in its ex-SAR lined red livery. No.143 may reappear as No.140 as well over 50% of the loco is No.140, including the frames which usually define the loco identity. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Upnor Castle at Dinas many years after use as the main construction loco for the project. It has replaced Conway Castle as depot shunter which languishes in the Loco Shed headshunt and requires attention. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (18/4/15) shows No.109's tank, owned by the Waterman Railways Trust stored at Dinas. Recent news suggests that funds from the sale of Pete Waterman's large scale loco models will go towards the refurbishment of this loco for use on the WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

No.134 progress 11/4/15

New patterns for the bottom cap to the front and rear pony trucks have been made at Boston Lodge along with the core box and the adapter plates for converting the tender bogies to roller bearings.

 

David Lloyd George special 1/5/15

David Lloyd George, on its first public outing after overhaul and repaint, carried Network Rail Chairman Richard Parry-Jones from Beddgelert to Minffordd to see the results of tracklaying work carried out by Network Rail apprentices over the winter. He also paid a visit to Boston Lodge to see progress on new Pullman observation car No.150 taking shape in the carriage works. David Lloyd George is named after the last Liberal prime minister and MP for Caernarfon. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM also joined the train, which was hosted by F &WHR Chairman Dr John Prideaux.

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 2 min 35 seconds of video of David Lloyd George being on the special train from Porthmadog to Beddgelert on 1/5/15. This video is courtesy John Wooden (F&WHR) and is best watched in 1080p high definition mode.

 

This easterly view (1/5/15) shows David Lloyd George on a train returning from Minffordd to Beddgelert at 1405 passing through Porthmadog Station. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sonia Xperia smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

WHHR mini-event 2/5/15

Michael Chapman reports: This weekend the WHHR are holding a behind the scenes/'Open All' access gala. On Saturday evening you'll be able to drive Gertrude and a train! See WHHR Facebook for more details.

 

This westerly view (5/4/15) shows Gertrude on a WHHR train at the WHHR's Porthmadog (Tremadog Road) terminus. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a Sonia Xperia smartphone. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

FR Gala events of the WHR 1-4/5/15

David Lloyd George will appear at this weekend's FR '150 Years of Passenger Trains' Gala from 1-4/5/15. The loco's first train will be a special from Beddgelert to Minffordd on Friday morning, returning later in the day. This follows a major repaint following refurbishment of the loco. Taliesin will work at train from Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu on Saturday at 0810 (return 0940). A double Fairlie will repeat the working at 1410 (return at 1545). See F&WHR website for full timetable details.

 

This easterly aerial view (30/4/15) shows David Lloyd George on test at Porthmadog with No.87 on the 1015 to Caernarfon. The double Fairlie will make a run to Beddgelert on test on 1/5/15. 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 southerly aerial view (30/4/15) shows David Lloyd George on test at Porthmadog. The double Fairlie will make a run to Beddgelert on test on 1/5/15 before potential use on a service to Rhyd Ddu on Saturday afternoon. 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 westerly aerial view (30/4/15) shows David Lloyd George on test at Porthmadog. Merddin Emrys is on an FR service train and Vale of Ffestiniog shunting stock in the stabling sidings. 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.

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 3 min 50 seconds of video of David Lloyd George being repainted at Boston Lodge published on 29/4/15. This video is courtesy John Wooden (F&WHR) and is best watched in 1080p high definition mode.

 

Team Wylfa report 28/4/15

Clive Briscoe reports: This week, the Team had to do a complete check and oil-up of the carriages (E Set) because of sickness meaning B Team wouldn't be there on Thursday evening. It turned out to be something of a marathon due to issues with the oil.

The only carriage left with plain bearing bogies was oiled and Dennis drew my attention to the fact that the oil in the axleboxes appeared to be emulsified - i.e.. water had got in. John went hunting for our syringe from the toolbox in the other shed in order to try and draw water off from the bottom of the axlebox as the oil settled. By the time he came back, it appeared that it was something to do with the oil in the 'soda syphon' - the pressurised bowser from which we deliver the oil to the axleboxes. Some was delivered into a plastic cup and it 'fizzed' - certainly looked like it was emulsified so we blew off the air and emptied the creamy looking oil into a clean plastic keg, filling it to about ¾ full whilst the rest went into another. I turned around and was horrified to see that the oil in the first keg had expanded and was now filling and overflowing the keg like the head on a pint of Guinness!

In case a big slug of water had carried over from the air compressor used to pressurise the bowser, its air tank was checked. The drain was cracked and no water, in fact NOTHING came out so tank was blown down and the drain valve unscrewed. It is blocked. The inspection plug was unscrewed from the domed end and the tank tipped up, nothing came out so water is not the culprit. The drain valve needs full removal to service it so that is a job for next week as we hadn't the tools or time to attend to it this week.

Meanwhile, back to the carriage axleboxes and after this intermission with the bowser and air compressor, the oil had clarified and the syringe drew no water from the bottom of the axlebox. As the bowser hasn't been used much over the winter and has been standing idle, the possibility of sulphate reducing bacteria having got into the oil was a possibility. There was no 'rotten eggs' smell so it is unlikely that there are bacteria in the oil creating either H2S or CO2 that would cause the oil to bubble so it's a mystery. We swilled the oil bowser out with degreaser and have left it to thoroughly drain before we refill it with fresh oil from the bulk drum next week.

With all this 'excitement' there was little time left to do anything on NG15 No.134 beyond collecting the self-aligning bearings that will form the rollers on the new valve jigger that have at last been delivered. We only need the apprentices from Llandrillo College to come over with the axles and they're finished - BUT - we really need either one of the two power bogies of No.143 or No.134 itself re-wheeling so that the jigger can be demonstrated to them. One of No.143's bogies looks about ready with horn guides lined up with new slippers and wedges and No.134's re-wheeling is likely very soon too.

 

Water carrier update

Martin Kressman reports: The fire water wagon DZT 2003 is now deployed at Beddgelert.

 

Water carrier

Martin Kressman reports: At present there are no fire water tank wagons deployed anywhere on the WHR. Currently, the horizontal fire water tank wagon, DZT 2003, is being fitted with internal baffle plates to enable it to be deployed as soon as possible.

 

Tuesday Gang report 28/4/15

Tony Baker reports: On 28/4/15 the Tuesday Gang were at Pitt's Head clearing the drainage ditches of blocking vegetation. We were fortunate in having one of our regulars present who was ex-RAF, Dambusters (geddit? Ed). The weather sunny periods but there was no rain. There were nine volunteers present.

 

This northerly view (28/4/15) shows the Tuesday Gang starting work on the overgrown drainage ditch at Pitt's Head. 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 (28/4/15) shows No.138 passing with the 1000 at Pitt's Head. 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 (28/4/15) shows the Tuesday Gang hard at work clearing the Pitt's Head ditch. 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 (28/4/15) shows No.138 passing the Tuesday Gang at Pitt's Head with the well loaded 1405 ex-Porthmadog. 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 (28/4/15) shows the finished ditch clearance at Pitt's Head. 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 (28/4/15) shows No.87 passing with the 1415 ex-Caernarfon at Pitt's Head. 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.

 

Appeal for Beer Festival volunteers

Volunteers needed for this year's Beer Festival at Dinas, 15-17/5/15. Working on the bar or at the door selling tickets/glasses, or just general assistance. Help also needed to set up on 9/5/15 and 14/5/15 on 18/5/15 to take it all down again. Anyone interested please contact andy@tymcrowther.eclipse.co.uk with dates and times available.

 

Tryfan Junction WHHG presentation 2/5/14

Michael Hadley reports: The formal presentation of the NHR Award will take place at Tryfan Junction next Saturday 2/5/15. The presentation itself will take place at 12.15. Nick Booker (WHR Heritage Group Chairman) will introduce John Ellis, Chairman of the NHRA. Immediately afterwards David Allan (immediate past chairman of WHRHG) will unveil a slate to John Keylock who was very much the driving force behind the Tryfan Junction Station restoration. The WHR Heritage Group AGM is the following day (Sunday 3/5/15) at 14.15 at Prenteg Village Hall.

 

WHR 26/4/15

This northerly view (26/4/15) shows No.138 hauling the 1000 from Caernarfon waiting to pass No.87 at Beddgelert at 1122 on a bright sunny day. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Andrew Hughes and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (26/4/15) from South Snowdon Wharf shows No.138 at the Porthmadog Harbour stabling point at 1306 having arrived with the 1000 from Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Andrew Hughes and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (26/4/15) shows Blanche crossing Britannia Bridge at 1311 having on a Driver Experience working. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Andrew Hughes and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (26/4/15) shows Blanche crossing Britannia Bridge at 1312 on a Driver Experience working. The green painted cycleway is beginning to wear out already. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Andrew Hughes and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Dinas aerial view 23/4/15

This southerly aerial view (26/4/15) shows the current situation at Dinas with No.134's new tender in the Dock Road, bottom left, and Castell Caernarfon in the siding, top right. 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.

 

No.87 21/4/15

This northerly view (21/4/15) shows No.87 hauling the 1000 from Caernarfon crossing Britannia Bridge as viewed over a tranquil harbour scene. 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 21/4/15

Clive Briscoe reports: Not a lot to report this week - more or less a re-run of the last couple of weeks. Only three of us this Tuesday - Dennis, David and myself. Pete has been poorly these last two weeks and is hopefully now making a recovery. We started as usual, with the carriages. Still E Set as we're still running on the 'Blue' timetable with just a return journey from each end of the line. After that was done, it was down to the Loco Shed where we assembled all the now painted components of the valve jigger. Despite having labelled all the pieces into the 4 sets of components, it still took a couple of hasty rebuilds to get them all in the right order! All they need now are the bearings fitting to the axles (which are ready and waiting at Llandrillo College) and they're 'ready to roll'.

Diesel No. 9 has had more paintwork done - the top of the engine casing is now in a pleasing green gloss and the green gloss has been added to the reinforcing band around the cab. Very smart! In the Carriage Shed, it was noted that NGG 16 No.140's front tank has been grit blasted and primed and a new rear bunker has appeared - it had been known for a while that there was one being fabricated at Boston Lodge.

 

Tuesday Gang report 21/4/15

Tony Baker reports: On Tuesday 21/4/15 we were mending fences, firstly at Cwm Cloch where a falling tree branch had flattened the fence breaking 6 posts, then at Cemetery crossing where the fence on the valley side had been flattened, presumably by wind. The 10:45 ex Porthmadog was particularly well loaded and it was warm and sunny. Eight volunteers took part.

 

This southerly view (21/4/15) shows No.87 passing the Tuesday Gang at Cwmcloch with the 1000 from 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 southerly view (21/4/15) shows the Tuesday Gang repairing fencing near Cemetery 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 (21/4/15) shows the Tuesday Gang completing fencing near Cemetery 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 (21/4/15) shows the Tuesday Gang doing some gardening at Beddgelert Forest Campsite Halt (Meillionen). 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.

 

The Snowdonian 18/4/15

This coach view (18/4/15) shows The Snowdonian label reprising BR destination labels of years gone by. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view shows two double Fairlies hauling The Snowdonian across Britannia Bridge a few years ago. It looks like there will be fine weather for today's train. Images would be welcome. 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.

 

Terry Scott reports: I was on this year's Snowdonian and what a good day we had. The day started fine, but with a bracing wind. Heating was switched on in the carriages. Taliesin and Lyd led us out on the first leg to Blaenau Ffestiniog, hauling a ten carriage train consisting of Nos.100, 103, 124, 121, 108, 119, 106, 118, 113 and 123 lightly loaded to give us room to move about. This was Lyd's first passenger run following a spell in Boston Lodge after a problem was found with the valve lubrication. Lyd had a light engine test on Thursday and a ECS run to Rhiw Goch on Friday afternoon. You might think this was tempting fate and you would be right. Lyd failed on the return leg from Blaenau Ffestiniog just short of Rhiw Goch, resulting in an un-scheduled stop. As Lyd was leading, it was decided to leave the loco in the loop at Rhiw Goch and proceed on with just Taliesin.

 

This easterly view (18/4/15) shows Prince hauling The Snowdonian with Blanche and Linda approaching Porthmadog Harbour Station having changed locos at Boston Lodge. 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 westerly view (18/4/15) shows Russell on display at the WHHR. Staff at Gelert's Farm have towed the loco out and given it an extra polish so passengers on The Snowdonian can see the loco as they passed by. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The loco swap at Boston Lodge proceeded without a hitch with Taliesin being replaced by Prince, Blanche and Linda. All three loco's were facing the 'wrong way', Blanche having been turned since Easter. With short stop at Porthmadog to exchange the taken, we were off on the second leg. Being late because of Lyd, we were held at Cae Pawb to allow a Cambrian Coast train to pass. We crossed the service train, hauled by No. 87, at Pont Croesor, the points being un-clamped for this purpose.

 

This westerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian with Blanche and Linda passing the Porthmadog Bypass bridge with the WHHR's Gelert's farm depot in the background. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian through the Aberglaslyn Pass with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian at Beddgelert with Blanche and Linda behind at 1255. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince hauling The Snowdonian with Blanche and Linda passing Meillionen (Beddgelert Forest Campsite) Halt. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Roger Dimmick courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

A buffet lunch was taken at The Goat Hotel in Beddgelert before leaving almost on-time from the Up-platform, a dummy departure having been performed from the Down platform for photographers. There was a throaty run up through the forest before going on to Rhyd Ddu and Caernarfon. We passed the service train, hauled by No.138, at Waunfawr. We were held at Caernarfon due to a lineside fire in the forest preventing the service train from leaving Beddgelert on its return run. We were due to cross this train at Dinas, eventually crossing at Waunfawr, having had the token transferred to us by road to Dinas. As we passed back through the forest, you could see the remains of the fire. Return to Porthmadog was around 40-45 mins down.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian passing Beddgelert Forest Campsite with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian passing Beddgelert Forest Campsite with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian on the straight between Pitt's Head and Rhyd Ddu with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian on the straight between Pitt's Head and Rhyd Ddu with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian at Rhyd Ddu with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian rounding Ffridd Isaf curve at Rhyd Ddu with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian rounding Ffridd Isaf curve at Rhyd Ddu with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian passing the site of Clogwyn siding near Rhyd Ddu with Blanche and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian with Blanche and Linda arriving at Waunfawr and passing the service train hauled by No.138. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/4/15) shows Prince leading The Snowdonian with Blanche and Linda arriving at Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (18/4/15) shows Linda hauling The Snowdonian with Blanche and Prince crossing Britannia Bridge on the return to Porthmadog. 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 northerly view (18/4/15) shows Linda hauling The Snowdonian with Blanche and Prince crossing Britannia Bridge on the return to Porthmadog. 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 (18/4/15) shows Prince with The Snowdonian at Porthmadog (Blanche and Linda behind) on the return to Porthmadog at 1857. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Around £6,000 was raised for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal. One person had the honour of taking the headboard home as a result of making the highest donation. Photos of The Snowdonian on the WHR section would be welcome.

 

Lyd to haul Beer Festival shuttle 15-17/5/15

In addition to the normal service trains, Lyd is set to haul the Caernarfon-Dinas/Waunfawr shuttle trains over the period of the Beer Festival from Friday 15/5/15 to Sunday 17/5/15. There will be a diesel hauled service on Friday and Saturday evenings until midnight with an ECS back to Dinas in the early hours of the morning. See F&WHR website for full timetable details.

 

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
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

 

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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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