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

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

Porthmadog Cross Town Link (updated1/4/07)

 

Other pages

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

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

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

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

Archived News Page (updated 15/4/19)

Snow Scenes (updated 10/12/18)

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

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

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

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

Video list (new 9/11/15)

Access to Phase 2 pages is currently being progressed.

 

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

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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

 

Dinas diesels 13/4/19

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows the two powerful diesels currently stabled at Dinas. Vale of Ffestiniog seems to have taken up residence during the continued long term repair of Castell Caernarfon and can rescue or substitute if a Garratt fails. No.9 is the resident PW loco. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Special Train 7/4/19

Taliesin and Merddin Emrys hauled a special train on 7/4/19 from Porthmadog to Caernarfon and back with Taliesin piloting on the return journey.

 

Waunfawr station 16/4/19

This northerly view (16/4/19) shows the new fireplace under construction in the waiting room of Waunfawr station. Work is in progress with the battens for the wainscoting wooden panels and floor screeding. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Boston Lodge progress 13/4/19

This southerly view (13/4/19) shows the Blacksmiths shop under restoration at Boston Lodge by local building contractor Berwyn Parry. The arched doorways once had tracks leading into them to allow wagon repairs. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (13/4/19) shows the alterations to the Carriage Shed. A Garratt loco can now haul a WHR train through the shed and run round. The made ground to the right will become the new Carriage Shed built on compacted fill behind the new sea sheet piled seawall. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (13/4/19) shows Pen Cob Junction at Boston Lodge. The existing yard points have still not been connected to the new headshunt despite all the work over Winter. The track in the centre should lead to the new headshunt and the two points on the right hand side removed. None of the tracks on the left of the view that will lead to the new Carriage shed are yet in use. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (13/4/19) shows the Loco Shed has received attention with new rood and wall cladding though the original battered doors have been retained. The new Garratt shed will be built over the ash pit road to the right. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (13/4/19) shows the Loco Shed has received attention with new rood and wall cladding. The new Garratt shed will be built over the ash pit road visible in the foreground. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Easter Cab rides 19/4/19

Palmerston gave footplate rides at Blaenau Ffestiniog between 11:00 and 16:00 as part of the 'Good Friday Easter Fun Day!' in the town. Hugh Napier will be giving footplate rides in Caernarfon station between 10:30 and 16:00 Saturday-Monday. Another loco will operate at Porthmadog between 1030 and 1600 on the same days from the end of platform 1.

 

This westerly view (19/4/19) shows Hugh Napier heading to Caernarfon for the free cab rides due Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Blanche 15/4/19

This northerly view (15/4/19) shows Blanche hauling a single DZ with the tanks from No.87, presumably going to Boston Lodge for a fast repair/repaint. The boiler cladding sheets are already at Boston Lodge for a repaint. This loco was used as Dinas has need of Vale of Ffestiniog as a rescue loco so it is currently outstabled there (see 13/4/19). Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Special Train 13/4/19

This westerly view (13/4/19) shows Britomart and Moelwyn being prepared at Boston Lodge at 1111 to haul a special train to Coed-y-bleiddiau on the FR. The National Railway Heritage Award was presented to The Landmark Trust in recognition of their superb restoration of Coed-y-Bleiddiau cottage. Moelwyn went on the back at Tan-y-Bwlch so that the train could return to Porthmadog without propelling. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

North Wales mainline news 18/4/19

The MANWAG has been substituted with a unit today 18/4/19. Rumours have started that TfW is looking at short HST rakes to substitute for the Manchester loco-hauled diagram and possibly some Cardiff - Holyhead workings going over to shortened 2+4 HSTs until the end of 2020 as with Scotrail and Great Western. In the longer term TfW plan loco hauled Mk4 coaches on the Holyhead-Cardiff workings as they come off lease with LNER's East Coast operations.

 

RAIB report of Penrhyn accident 10/4/19

The RAIB has published a Safety Digest of the Penrhyn Level Crossing accident of 6/1/19 involving a PW train which had a braking problem and crashed into the level crossing gates. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident. See RAIB website.

 

The Snowdonian 13/4/19

This westerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn being prepared at Boston Lodge at 1058 to take over The Snowdonian when it arrived back from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (13/4/19) shows Lyn and Lyd being prepared at Boston Lodge at 1059 to take over The Snowdonian when it arrived back from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

North Wales mainline 17/4/19

No.67029, the DB silver liveried example, hauled the MANWAG on 17/4/19. Meanwhile Nos.88005/6 hauled 3 empty flasks to Valley Nuclear Electric siding on 17/4/19.

 

Castell Caernarfon returns 16/4/19

Martin Kressman reports: Castell Caernarfon has returned to Dinas after a visit to Boston Lodge for attention, once again waiting overhaul. The bonnets were sent to Boston Lodge separately and have had a good makeover in PW Dept green (rather than the maroon previously carried-Ed)

 

Waunfawr station progress 13/4/19

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows the externally complete Waunfawr station building. The doorway floor steps need completing and the interior still needs a lot of work though plastering appears complete. The Snowdonian is stabled in the station. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

North Wales main line news 16/4/19

No. 67029 is on the MANWAG today (16/4/19). Yesterday (15/4/19) Nos. 68003/16 hauled the Valley Nuclear flasks with traffic continuing well beyond the time suggested for the final trains on this duty defuelling Wylfa Nuclear Power station.

 

WHRS East Anglian Group Meeting 18/4/19

Stephen Sullivan advises: The next meeting is on Thursday 18/4/19 at the Six Bells, Fulbourn, near Cambridge at 8pm.  Peter Miles, the Chairman of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, will be speaking to us about the present and the future of the L&BR.

 

Pen-y-Mount (F&WHR) 1/4/19

The continuing rapprochement between the F&WHR and WHHR has seen a start of work on a new halt on the F&WHR at Pen-y-Mount which will allow cross platform interchange between the two railways. It is unclear when the halt will be opened. It is lightly built with a temporary wooden sleeper platform edge rather than the normal concrete kerb edging at other WHR stations. Access is available from the WHHR by a gate next to the Pen-y-Mount station building and via the public footpath from Cae Pawb that runs along the side of line and crosses the line south of the station.

 

This northerly view (1/4/19) shows Taliesin working a PW train at Pen-y-Mount with the new Exchange platform under construction. Pen-y-Mount Exchange will become the largest station in the Porthmadog area with three platform faces! Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Andrew Goodwin (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The Snowdonian 13/5/19

Glorious weather greeted The Snowdonian on 13/5/19 however the train ran into a few problems on route. The train was hauled by Linda and Blanche to Blaenau Ffestiniog but on its return to Porthmadog it was held for a while at Tan-y-bwlch while the Fire Brigade dealt with a fire between there and Minffordd. Now running well over an hour late, Lyn (facing south) and Lyd, both resplendent in SR livery, took over at Boston Lodge and made a spirited attempt at the 1 in 40 through the Beddgelert Forest.

 

This southerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyn and Lyd working hard on the 1 in 40 at Hafod Ruffydd Crossing in the Beddgelert Forest, well over an hour late at 1354. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyn and Lyd drifting downhill at Castell Cidwm bridge, well over an hour late at 1426. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The train arrived at Waunfawr, where food was to be taken, nearly two hours late. It seems the Snowdonia Parc had a following booking with a rather young and vocal coach party so the food was brought down to the train by volunteers and passengers ate on the train while the train waited in the station.

 

This southerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyn and Lyd waiting at Waunfawr station, nearly 2 hours late at 1442. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Eventually the decision was taken to run round here and return to Porthmadog rather than visit Caernarfon station and Dinas Works as the service train had caught up and was being held at a red flag at station limits just outside Waunfawr shunt limit. Unfortunately, even though The Snowdonian was held here over an hour the opportunity was not taken to move Lyn to the front of the train. The locos ran round the train which was then shunted into the southbound platform and the delayed service train was allowed to proceed to Caernarfon.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn having shunted around their train at 1611 and ready to propel the train back under the main road bridge before entering the southbound platform. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning to Porthmadog approaching Betws Garmon road bridge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning to Porthmadog approaching Plas-y-nant Halt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, passing Castell Cidwm at 1645. Despite having stood in Waunfawr for 2 hours the opportunity had not been taken to place Lyn on the front of the train.. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn passing Castell Cidwm at 1646 with Snowdon still showing a little snow in the gullies. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, just south of Castell Cidwm at Caeau Gwynion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The train paused for a while at Snowdon Ranger Halt before proceeding to Rhyd Ddu.

 

This easterly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, just south of Snowdon Ranger with a snowclad Snowdon in the background. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, having left Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, passing Pont Cae'r Gors at 1716. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, threading the Aberglaslyn Pass. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning south, passing Ynysfor level Crossing at 1754. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS 1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

After a brief stop at Pont Croesor the train arrived back at Porthmadog around 1830.

 

This westerly view (13/4/19) shows Lyd and Lyn returning to Porthmadog approaching Plas-y-nant Halt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96

 

A55 average speed camera

For those travelling to the F&WHR by car in the absence of train services on the Conwy Valley line, be aware that average speed cameras have been installed at the top of the Rhuallt Hill on the A55.

 

Cambrian Class 37 No.97302 named 12/4/19

Class 37 No.97302 was named Ffestiniog and Welsh highland Railway and the Welsh equivalent on the other side at a ceremony at Minffordd on 12/4/19. The loco had been spruced up and is almost exclusively kept for PW duty on the Cambrian Coast. As such the name is unlikely to reach a wider audience. It remains an unfortunate fact that the Cambrian is banned from Railtours without this loco or one of the other 97/3s on the front and that does not appeal to railtour organisers. NR reneged on a promise to provide a mobile unit that could have allowed visiting traction and the short lived WCR summer dated Cambrian Coast Express steam excursions to visit the line without impediment after ERTMS signalling was introduced. The F&WHR used to see many excursions arriving via this route so has lost custom due to NR's failure to keep its promises.

See Daily Post report.

 

This westerly view (12/4/19) shows 97302 being named Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway being named at Minffordd. It is hauling the General Manager's Saloon and top and tailed with a second somewhat less clean Class 97/3 (No.97304). Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (12/4/19) shows 97302 Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway resting at Porthmadog after being named at Minffordd. It is hauling the General Manager's Saloon and top and tailed with a second somewhat less clean NR loco No.9734. 0The train was moved to Porthmadog to allows the following TfW service to pass before returning to Shrewsbury. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Ready for The Snowdonian 12/4/19

This northerly view (12/4/19) shows Lyn and Lyd being warmed up for use on The Snowdonian on 13/14/19. The locos are shunting outside the Heritage Carriage Shed at Boston Lodge. This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.rmed against the snowy background of a snowclad Snowdon. There had been a heavy snowfall in the area on 3/4/19 which reached down to 200m. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). Lyn and Lyd will haul the W

 

After The Snowdonian Lyn will haul two special trains on Sunday 14/4/19 and will use Observation Carr. No.152, Super-Barn No.120 and 'Snapper Bar' Carr.14. A standard Ffestiniog Railway On-Train Buffet service will be provided during the journey. The morning departure leaves Porthmadog at 09:40 arriving Rhyd Ddu at 10:45. Following the passing of two WHR service trains, the special departs Rhyd Ddu at 12:05 and arrives back in Porthmadog at 13:05. The afternoon train leaves Porthmadog at 15:00, arriving Rhyd Ddu at 16:15. The return leg leaves Rhyd Ddu at 16:45 with an arrival into Porthmadog at 17:45. The loco will then return to Devon.

Tickets are no on sale. Fares: First Class - 40 (includes seat reservation) Third Class - 25 (Child 12.50). Please phone Porthmadog Booking Office - 01766 516024 - to purchase tickets.

 

Mainline news

The Valley Nuclear Flask traffic is continuing daily with Nos.68002/16 on the duty on 10/4/19. On 12/4/19 it was Nos. 88005/6. Meanwhile No.67022 was on the Cardiff WAG on 10/4/19. The Snowdon Panorama Excursion was top and tailed by Nos.68003/34 on 6/4/19. No.67014 turned up on 5/4/19 to work the MANWAG after fears a unit had been substituted.

 

B&FRH Trust 10/4/19

The newly formed Bala and Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Trust, which aims to open the line from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd, received bad news on 9/4/19 with resignation of its recently appointed Chairman Raymond Reed with effect from Sunday 14/4/19. Shane Berry is to take over the role as Interim chairman until the next AGM and will be releasing a press release about the way forwards for the new society soon.

 

F&WHR to move Blaenau Terminus?

The F&WHR's chairman John Prideaux has floated the idea of moving the FR's Blaenau Terminus to a new location nearer the A470 where genuine cross platform interchange might occur in a new 1million station. He has also mentioned the oft proposed Llechwedd Quarry branch. TfW are negotiating with the F&WHR about an improved terminus at Blaenau Ffestiniog, with the FR giving up its second platform face in favour of NR. This would require excavation to achieve a deeper alignment for NR to match the existing platform level id on the existing site. Other options include a new terminus near the original LNWR site curving onto reclaimed land alongside the A470 ( a site originally proposed by the building Back to Blaenau Plan) which would free the existing site for the BF&T Railway. See Daily Post story.

Meanwhile it seems that NR will take until the summer to restore the Conwy Valley line. Hopefully it will be rebuilt more robustly with adequate culverts to allow floodwater to pass under the line rather than through it this time! On 3/4/19 NR issued a statement saying the line will be reopened to Llanwrst in early summer in time for the National Eisteddfod and to Blaenau later in the summer. A public meeting was held on 10/4/19 in Llanwrst to explain the plans. Bustitution continues in the meantime. See NR website.

 

Lyn on test on WHR 7/4/19

This northerly view (7/4/19) shows Lyn on test at Rhyd Ddu. The loco performed against the snowy background of a snowclad Snowdon. There had been a heavy snowfall in the area on 3/4/19 which reached down to 200m. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). Lyn and Lyd will haul the WHR section of The Snowdonian on 13/4/19. This image is copyright Keith Holland and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Vale of Ffestiniog 4/4/19

With only two Garratts available and no Castell Caernarfon, the WHR is being run on a knife edge and Vale of Ffestiniog is the only available loco that can haul the heavy WHR trains.

 

This southerly view (4/4/19) shows Vale of Ffestiniog hauling the 1415 ex-Porthmadog approaching Castell Cidwm bridge with the snow and mist covered Snowdon in the background. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright  (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Lyn arrives 1/4/19

This northerly view (1/4/19) shows Lyn being delivered to Minffordd by low loader from the L&BR. Lyn and Lyd will double head The Snowdonian on 13/4/19 on the WHR section. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Boston Lodge news

The new Boston Lodge Carriage shed with raised roof fits Garratt locos. The Garratts also fit the new Glan-y-mor headshunt. See the F&WHR Inside Motion page for images.

 

De Winton centrepiece 31/3/19

The North Wales track gang moved De Winton loco Watkin into the rotunda of the new Caernarfon station to act as a centrepiece or railway display items.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the de Winton loco Watkin being craned off a lorry onto Caernarfon station's platform. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the de Winton loco Watkin being placed on temporary track on Caernarfon station's platform. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the de Winton loco Watkin being moved along temporary track on Caernarfon station's platform as was used to place F&WHR stock in King's cross station. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the Winton loco Watkin being moved into the display room of the new Caernarfon station. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the de Winton loco Watkin in the rotunda at Caernarfon station's. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

De Winton cafe 30/3/19

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the completed de Winton Cafe in business on the first day of the new season. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the completed de Winton Cafe in business on the first day of the new season. The cafe offers a panoramic view of the castle from the first floor. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

New season starts 30/3/19

Nos.138/143 are rostered for the new season's first trains starting 30/3/19. Newly restored No.130 is not yet ready and No.87 is having its 10 year overhaul.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows No.143 running round at Caernarfon in the new headshunt. Careful calculations have ensured the track layout allows the large Garratt locos to pass the wall and sewer with adequate clearance. The loco is carrying headcode discs as were used on the Southern Region of British Rail. See http://www.semgonline.com/headcodes/sheadcodes.html. The fireman of No.143 decided to have them on the loco on the day. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon trackworks finished 17/3/19

The North Wales Track Gang handed over the Caernarfon Project to the PW Department after a final session of tamping on 17/3/19. No doubt a visit of the KMX was planned before the start of services on 30/3/19. Images available on the F&WHR's Inside motion page.

 

This northerly view (30/3/19) shows the view from the Glan-y-mor headshunt at Boston Lodge. The tracks peeling off to the left over new pointwork serve the future new Carriage Shed to be built on the land reclaimed from the foreshore and the existing Carriage Shed. The Rest of World Gang is constructing the layout. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Ian Hartill (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (1/12/18) shows the Glan-y-mor headshunt with the new stop block with the Rest of World Gang in action. The two further sets of points will give access to the future new Carriage Shed on the foreshore. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Ian Hartill (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (10/1/19) shows the reorganisation of track leading to the fan into Boston Lodge. The five turnouts here were funded by the Ffestiniog Railway society. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Ian Hartill (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (17/1/19) shows the new headshunt at the Porthmadog end of Boston Lodge with the new Pen Cob Junction in view. The yard had not been connected at this time. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Ian Hartill (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (17/1/19) shows the tracks leading from new headshunt at the Porthmadog end of Boston Lodge. The yard had not been connected at this time. Tracks peeling off to the right serve the existing Carriage Shed and future new Carriage Shed to be built on the land reclaimed from the foreshore. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Ian Hartill (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Waunfawr station progress 29/3/19

With services about to start on 30/3/19, work on Waunfawr station was nearing an end at the end of March. The Heras fencing must be moved to give access to the full length of the platforms and the toilets at the north end. Internal fitting out of the new station building is proceeding but externally the building is complete other than final coats of paint and a little pointing. All windows are now fitted.

 

This northerly view (29/3/19) shows the south and east face of Waunfawr station building nearing completion with all windows fitted. The doorframe woodwork is also complete. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (29/3/19) shows work underway to complete the windows on the west face of Waunfawr station building. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Boston Lodge progress 27/3/19

The contractors left site by the end of March and the Boston Lodge Carriage Shed and associated pointwork has been tested with a rake of coaches hauled by Vale of Ffestiniog. The Carriage shed now has a new curved end at the Porthmadog end to comply with the recently relaid fan of sidings from the new Boston Lodge headshunt. An Electrical Group Working Party completed the lighting over the final weekend.

 

North Wales main line

On 29/3/19 No.68034 and No.88009 hauled the Valley Nuclear Electric flasks. No.67014 has been on the WAG for some time and hauled the Manchester train again on 29/3/19. the yellow liveried Network Measurement Train was about of 28/3/19 with Nos.43013/62 in charge.

 

Coach No.2040 progress

The WHR's coach No.2040 is making good progress with reupholstering and external repainting. It is hoped to be released to traffic later in the season when peak traffic flows occur.

 

Caernarfon bypass news 29/3/19

Tree felling has been going on in the field next to Meifod Hotel in Bontnewydd where the roundabout is to be built to enable the bypass to cross the A487.

 

Moelwyn Tunnel 28/3/19

This westerly view (28/3/19) shows Merddin Emrys posed for a photoshoot at the completed north portal of Moelwyn Tunnel. It is intended that the south portal will be completed during next Winter's closed season. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon Waterfront project

The North Wales Chronicle has reported on the progress with the 15m Waterfront Project which includes the F&WHR's new Caernarfon station. See North Wales Chronicle website.

 

Class 03 No.03179 started up 27/3/19

As a remembrance of when the Class 03s used to work the North Wales Buckley Branch and Connah's Quay Docks in your webmaster's youth it is interesting to note that 03179 (Clive), purchased from Hornsey depot, was started up for the first time at Rushden Station on 24/3/19. The loco will be finished in NSE colours as it ran on the Isle of Wight. See 03179 Facebook page.

 

This southerly view (24/3/19) shows the team restoring 03179 at Rushden and the loco inside its shed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Glyn Valley tramway progress

Trees have been chopped down in the GVR's Chirk station site alongside NR's Chirk station revealing the GVR platforms and foundation of the station building for the first time in many years. The Society had a productive AGM on 2/3/19. See GVR Facebook site.

 

Caernarfon-Bangor rail plans 26/3/19

The Daily Post has reported on plans to reopen the Caernarfon-Bangor line but avoiding Y Felinheli (Port Dinorwig). The route proposed by an ex-Conwy Borough transport planner follows the A487 and involves a long tunnel crossing the bypass. It is said that the severe gradients of the Y Felinheli Bypass can be managed within a 1 in 50 ruling grade. See Daily Post report which includes a sketch map.

 

Haul road crossing Bontnewydd 25/3/19

Full details of the A487 Caernarfon bypass are available at TFW's website updated to 19/1/19. The crossing work by completed by the F&WHR's PW team in association with Jones Bros. Bypass Joint Venture.

 

This southerly view (25/3/19) shows the completed haul road crossing just north of Bontnewydd. The shuttering was removed on 26/3/19 and the concrete will be set by the time trains run on 30/3/19. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

James Spooner 20/3/19

The FR's second new double Fairlie James Spooner officially became a loco with the assembling of its frames on 20/3/19. The loco will carry No.8 in the FR's fleet list.

 

This Boston Lodge view (20/3/19) shows James Spooner has reached the stage of frame assembly. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Rhyd Ddu signalling works 15/3/19

The Rhyd Ddu signalling work was completed by the end of March in advance of the start of the new season on 30/3/19. Starting signals, 'lollipop' style home signals have been fitted and point indicators. This follows the completion of the similar Beddgelert project during a snowy February 2018.

John Savage advises: We signed it into use at 19.00 on Friday 15/3/19, with a tidy-up train taking Harlech Castle to Dinas for the first time ever on Monday 18/3/19.

 

This southerly view (18/3/19) shows Harlech Castle in the platform at Rhyd Ddu with the 'tidy up' works train. On an earlier day a train including the Mess Coach No.111 with the SAR brake van attended the site. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Savage and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (18/3/19) shows Harlech Castle in the platform at Dinas with the 'tidy up' works train. This was the first visit of the loco to Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Savage and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Gowrie Project 24/3/19

The lack of updates for this project has been due to an ongoing issue that volunteers hope to have resolved in the very near future. Once they have overcome this stumbling block they plan to push ahead with the project as rapidly as funds allow. Preparations have been made for the launch of the funding campaign. The project will be represented at various events over the year and a range of fundraising items will be available. The engineers in the workshop continue to fabricate components as time and materials allow. The single Fairlie Gowrie was the last NWNGR loco, built in 1908 just after Russell of 1906. It was sold during the First World War as it was found to be unsatisfactory. The loco is believed to have been scrapped in the 1920s.

 

Waunfawr progress 23/3/19

This northerly view (23/3/19) shows good progress with the west aspect of Waunfawr station building. Walling has reached the eaves and the lintels are clad in the yellow wedge effect. Some brick cladding is needed either side of the wedge effect. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (23/3/19) shows good progress with the internal plastering of Waunfawr station building. Tongue and groove timber will be fitted to the bottom half of the walls as original. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (9/3/19) shows good progress with the north aspect of Waunfawr station building. The concrete lintels have been completely covered with brick cladding. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (9/3/19) shows good progress with the east aspect of Waunfawr station building. One window is in place made to the original style and cladding of the concrete lintels is almost complete. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Bontnewydd plant road crossing 18-23/3/19

Work has started on the plant road crossing for the Bontnewydd/Caernarfon Bypass bridge which must be finished by the 30/3/19 when the new seasons trains start from Caernarfon. The work required the rail to be lifted on 18/3/19 and a reinforced concrete bed installed. The bypass will bridge the WHR and the Lon Eifion cycleway just north of Bontnewydd Halt. WHR engineers asked for passive provision to be made for a possible long term reopening of the Bangor-Afonwen NR route.

 

This northerly view (18/3/19) shows the start of work on the plant road level crossing about 25m north of Bontnewydd Halt. The rail was lifted so that formwork could be laid to allow a reinforced concrete base to be constructed permitting heavy lorries to cross the line at this point. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (25/3/19) shows good progress with the plant road level crossing about 25m north of Bontnewydd Halt. The rail has now been replaced and shuttering has been placed ready for next load of concrete. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (25/3/19) shows good progress with the plant road level crossing just north of Bontnewydd Halt. It is likely a TSR will be in force here and a signalman paid for by the road contractor who will switch the road lights on and off as necessary for regular passenger trains as well as works trains and out of course workings. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Moving Images No.29 22/3/19

Click on the YouTube link to watch 29 mins 33 seconds of video covering Waunfawr station building construction and track relaying at Caernarfon. This YouTube was published on 22/3/19 and was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional 4K camcorder. It is best watched in 2160p 4K HD in Google Chrome browser as only 720p HD available on Windows. Alternatively click on YouTube link.

 

Moelwyn Tunnel north portal complete 20/3/19

A small ceremony was held at Moelwyn Tunnel's north portal with the completion of the stone facing. Mike Schumann, the original Deviation Project Engineer was present to accept the hand over of the project on 20/3/19. The work was scheduled to be finished in time for the start of services on 30/3/19. The south portal will be completed next Winter during the closed season. Completion of the south portal will effectively mark the end of the Deviation project which your webmaster helped in the 1960s/70s.

 

This southerly view (14/3/19) shows good progress with the wedge shaped bricks that will form the lintel cladding for Waunfawr station building. This modern style of lintel cladding looks like the original but provides the strength of the hidden reinforced concrete lintel behind. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

NR Conwy Valley services disrupted again 13/3/19

Travellers by rail to the F&WHR will find difficulty again following the torrential rain of Storm Gareth on 13/3/19 which caused major damage to the route again, some in places previously repaired. Clearly greater flood protection is needed and culverts installed to allow water to pass under the railway rather than washing it away. NR has released drone footage of the damage. It could be months before the line is restored but a temporary replacement bus service has been provided. See Daily Post report and NR website.

 

Waunfawr progress 14/3/19

This northerly view (14/3/19) shows good progress with the wedge shaped bricks that will form the lintel cladding for Waunfawr station building. This modern style of lintel cladding looks like the original but provides the strength of the hidden reinforced concrete lintel behind. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/3/19) shows good progress with fitting the lintel cladding Waunfawr station building with the east aspect nearing completion. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

East Anglian Group meeting

David Gander advises: Our next meeting will be held this Thursday 21/3/19 when, following our mercifully brief AGM, Jon Marsh will be entertaining us with films from his collection. Our April meeting will be on Thursday 18/4/19 when Peter Miles of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway will be making a welcome return to update us on current progress and future developments on that Railway.

We meet at the Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH. We meet up any time after 6-6.30pm and an evening meal is available in the restaurant or bar. Prices are reasonable. The meetings are usually held in the Function Rooms, accessed from the car park at the rear of the pub, and start around 8pm with a halfway break for coffee (1.20 per person). We finish around 10pm. There is a charge of 2 per meeting for Group members, 3 for non-members.

Fulbourn is easily accessible from the A14/M11 corridors and is served by Stagecoach bus Citi 1 (This bus runs every 30 minutes until 23.36, via Cambridge railway station where it arrives at 00.05) Car parking can be busy but there is space available on Church Lane, a 3-5 minute walk to the pub. You are most welcome to join us.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month (excepting December when its the second Thursday), with meetings held until May with a break in January.

 

Taliesin to haul Hafod-y-llyn services 16/3/19

Taliesin is to haul the MTFX Porthmadog-Hafod-y-llyn Orange timetable services from 16/3/19. It is possible to join the trains at Hafod-y-llyn, though there is limited platform provision there. Snow is likely on the mountains over the weekend to form an attractive alpine backdrop.

 

L&B Special 14/4/19

Lyn will be travelling to North Wales at the end of March to double head The Snowdonian on 13/4/19 with the F&WHR's Lyd. It will also haul two L&B Specials on 15/3/19 on its own from Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu. This will be a good test for the loco up the 1 in 40 through Beddgelert Forest.

 

Moelwyn tunnel portal nears completion 14/3/19

The FR's Moelwyn Tunnel portal is nearing completion and had recently been topped out. The scaffolding will be cleared away for the start of services on 30/3/19. Many former Deviationists such as your webmaster see this as the completion of the Deviation Project. See Inside Motion website for images.

 

North Wales NR line news

No.67014 hauled the ManWAG on 14/3/19. Nos. 88004/6 hauled the Valley nuclear flasks on 13/2/19. Nos.68018/34 were present at Valley on 8/3/19. No.67022 hauled the Cardiff WAG on 5/3/19.

NR's dilapidated Nos.97303/4 hauled ballast trains on the Cambrian Coast 1-3/3/19 with ballasting work underway in the Barmouth-Harlech area and at the new station at Bow Street on the Aberystwyth route. With the line under total possession Nos.37099/418 were hired from Colas and were able to operate independently of the ERTMS signalling system. For images see Richard Jones' Flickr site and a video of the triple header climbing Talerddig bank returning to Crewe on the Monday on YouTube.

 

Bontnewydd bypass news 12/3/19

Martin Kressman reports: 'Over the weekend I visited the site of the old brick works in Caernarfon. Balfour Beatty and Jones of Ruthin are in the process of setting up their site offices and compound there. The field between Pontrug and Bethel in which I reported last week as having seen a digger is now bristling with marker pegs. Looking towards the Goat roundabout this morning from the south yard at Dinas there could be seen diggers breaking the ground. Nowhere in the vicinity of the railway at Bontnewydd could I see any work going on in connection with a haul road over the railway. I wonder whether they realise that this has to be done before 30 March.'

The F&WHR's Weekly notice says that the haul road over the WHR is to be installed next week, with track being lifted in preparation.

 

Baldwin identity confirmed for WHR Heritage Gala

Graham Fairhurst's Baldwin No.45190 (Ex WD No.1085) will appear at the F&WHR's 'Past Present and Future Gala' June 21-23, running between Minffordd and Beddgelert. It is one of 495 similar locos built for the WD in the First World War and the WHR's original No.590 was No.45172. The loco has been meticulously restored after being purchased from the Statfold Barn collection and will be making its first public appearance at the Gala. The loco has had a chequered history and multiple identities, being purchased for the WD lines in France in 1917. The loco was used in India by the British Army then sold to India's North Western Railway as No.45, before finishing service on the Daurala and Ryam sugar factory networks. Statfold Barn imported the derelict loco in 2013 but it was resold to Graham Fairhurst of the West Lancashire Light Railway, near Preston. The loco was restored at a private location.

It has been announced that the WHHR's Russell will also visit but current arrangement only see it travelling to Hafod-y-llyn for some reason, rather than Beddgelert with the rest of the Gala locos. Most enthusiasts would like to see the loco reach Beddgelert and pose alongside the Baldwin to recreate historical tableaux from the 1930s.

Hunslet No.1215 (ex-WDLR No.303) will also be utilised in the intensive timetable after missing the Hunslet event last year as it was not quite ready in time.

 

Waunfawr progress 9/3/19

This northerly view (9/3/19) shows good progress with Waunfawr station building. Over half the walling appears to have been completed and the western and southern aspect might be finished in a few weeks. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (9/3/19) shows good progress with the southern aspect of Waunfawr station building. Walling is nearly up to the lintels. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (9/3/19) shows good progress with the southern and eastern aspect of Waunfawr station building. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (9/3/19) shows more limited progress with the northern aspect of Waunfawr station building where the toilet doors are located. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon NR reopening campaign 10/3/19

The Daily Post has a report about a campaign to reopen Caernarfon-Bangor and other railways in North Wales by the Campaign for Better Transport, one of 33 lines they have identified across the country. See Daily Post story.

 

Spring steam tests 5/3/19

This Dinas view (5/3/19) shows No.143 being prepared for its pre-season steam test when the safety values will be checked for correct operation. The dome is off and the smokebox and chimney are still in undercoat. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Dinas view (5/3/19) shows No.143 being prepared for its pre-season steam test when the safety values will be checked for correct operation. The dome is off and the smokebox and chimney are still in undercoat. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Dinas view (5/3/19) shows No.138 waiting its turn for its pre-season steam test when the safety values will be checked for correct operation. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Dinas view (5/3/19) shows No.138 waiting its turn for its pre-season steam test when the safety values will be checked for correct operation. The dome is off . Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Snow report 4/3/19

Martin Kressman reports: We woke this morning to snow on the mountains down to about 300 metres. This should be visible from the trains to Hafod-y-Llyn this week assuming the cloud is not as it is this afternoon.

 

Caernarfon station loop completed 3/3/19

This easterly view (3/3/19) shows the completion of the run round loop. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (3/3/19) shows the motorised fastening machine being used to set the torque of the track clip fastenings in the run round loop. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (3/3/19) shows the completion of the run round loop with the spare sleepers being removed. All that remains to be done is to ballast and tamp the run round loop on the next visit by the North Wales Track Gang on 16/3/19 before the start of services on 30/3/19. The KMX tamper liner may be called upon to finish the job. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon Bypass news 2/3/19

Martin Kressman reports: So far there is little more than a few wooden marker pegs seen near the Goat Roundabout at Llanwnda. However the haul road over the WHR near Bontnewydd station has to be complete before 30/3/19 when the train service starts. New space has been provided some time ago near the Cibyn to compensate the Calor Gas distribution company for land that they will lose to make way for the bypass.

 

Waunfawr station progress 2/3/19

This northerly view (2/3/19) shows good progress with Waunfawr station building. All the windowsills are completed on the west aspect and the windows and door temporarily boarded up with hardboard. About half the walling appears to have been completed. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/3/19) shows good progress with Waunfawr station building. All the windowsills are completed on the south aspect and the windows and door temporarily boarded up with hardboard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/3/19) shows good progress with Waunfawr station building. All the windowsills are completed on the south and east aspect and the windows and door temporarily boarded up with hardboard. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/3/19) shows good progress with Waunfawr station building. The windowsill and door are nearing completion on the north aspect and wiring can be seen to be taking place through the door. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

No.130 update 2/3/19

By late February the cab had received more attention and was almost finished. It still needs to be sand blasted before any painting takes place. See No.130 Facebook page for full details and images.

 

Caernarfon station progress 2/3/19

This southerly view (2/3/19) shows fresh ballast had been brought down by train for the North Wales Track Gang to finish the project before the start of regular services from Caernarfon starting 30/3/19. These wagons have been adapted for an excavator to climb up onto the wagons and access the ballast so it can be places accurately where needed. The final sleepers have been laid in place to complete the gap in the run round loop. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/3/19) shows fresh ballast had been brought down by train for the North Wales Track Gang to tamp the new north point and extended loop before the start of regular services from Caernarfon starting 30/3/19. There is a small gap in the track in the run round loop. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (2/3/19) shows the final length of the run round loop being completed by the North Wales Track Gang. The project must be finished before the start of regular services from Caernarfon starting 30/3/19. There is a small gap in the track in the run round loop. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Special Events 2019

1/1/19 Final WHR Mince Pie Special (Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu twice daily)
15-22/2/19 Felinheli and Chaloner historical display at King's Cross
16-28/2/19 February Half Term Purple MFX service Porthmadog-Beddgelert
2-28/3/19 March Orange service MTFX Porthmadog-Hafod-y-llyn 
30/3/19 Start of new season services from Caernarfon to Porthmadog
13/4/19 'The Snowdonian' with Lyd and Lyn
14/4/19 Two L&B Specials Lyn hauled from Porthmadog to Beddgelert
17-19/5/19 Rail-Ale 15th Annual Beer Festival based at Dinas
15/6/19 The Snowdonian Limited-a limited stop re-run of The Snowdonian
21-23/6/19 WHR 'Past, Present and Future' including Russell, WD1215 and Baldwin No.605. WHRS AGM 22/6/19
4-25/8/19 Sundays Journey to the Past special Dinas-Rhyd Ddu possibly with Prince or Baldwin No.605 and two heritage coaches with an extended stop at Tryfan Junction for refreshments, including packed lunch
4-6/10/19 FR Victorian Weekend (may include some WHR events)
7-8/12/19 WHR Santa Specials (routes to be confirmed)
14-15/12/19 WHR Santa Specials (routes to be confirmed)
21-22/12/19 WHR Santa Specials (routes to be confirmed)

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2018

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

The programme for 2018-19 is as follows:

January 5-6/1/19 12-17/1/19WW 19-20/1/19    
February 2-3/2/19 9-14/2/19WW 16-17/2/19    
March 2-3/3/19 9-14/3/19WW 16-17/3/19   30-31/3/19
April     13-14/3/19   27-28/4/19
May   11-12/5/19 18-23/5/19WW 25-26/5/19^  
June   8-9/6/19   22-23/6/19  
July   6-7/7/19 13-18/7/19WW 20-21/7/19  
August 3-4/8/19   17-18/8/18   31/8/19-
September -1/9/198 7-12/9/19WW 15-16/9/19   29-30/9/19
October     12-13/10/19   26-27/10/19
November 2-7/11/19WW! 9-10/11/19   23-24/11/18 30-/11/19WW!
December -5/12/19WW! 7-8/12/19      

^ Bank Holiday weekend

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

WW-Working week Saturday-Thursday

The Tuesday Gang expects to be operating most Tuesdays.

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

Contacts

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

Tuesday Gang:

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

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

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

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

 

Gradient graph

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

 

Gradient profile.JPG (319064 bytes)

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

 

Site development

If you have suggestions for development of this site, please contact me by email at the address at the top of the page.

 

Comments

If you would like to make a comment about this website, why not visit my Guestbook? If you have a correction or require a reply please leave your email address or, more simply, send an email directly to my email address shown near the top of this page, just after the list of links to other pages.

 

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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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