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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 (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 6/6/17)

Snow Scenes (updated 31/10/15)

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

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

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

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

Video list (new 9/11/15)

Access to Phase 2 pages is currently being progressed.

 

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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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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

 

SuperPower 15-17/9/17

This year's three day SuperPower event on 15-17/9/17, titled 'WHR Stars' promises to be something special. Many hope for an appearance by Russell from the WHHR on the WHR main line but, sadly, there is still no sign that this will occur.

As is normal for this weekend, there will be an intensive service operating over the three days with many additional departures over and above the standard Welsh Highland service trains. The F&WHR has set a precedent for unique workings in previous years and has no intention of stopping now. There will be passenger, vintage, freight and mixed trains running throughout the weekend, and consequently many favourites from the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland fleet of locomotives will be in use for people to enjoy.

The Snowdonia National Park through which the railway runs is well known for its stunning and varied landscapes which of course can be admired from the train during daylight hours, but Wales now leads the world in the percentage of its territory enjoying protected status for its night skies. The Park is now an International Dark Sky Reserve, only the tenth place in the world to gain this status, and it is the F&WHR's intention to celebrate this achievement at the Gala with a number of special opportunities for visitors to enjoy, maybe with night trains.

Tickets will be available to purchase online in the very near future, and more detailed information regarding the special attractions will be published in due course.

 

WHR Stars advert for SuperPower 2017. No details are currently available. Courtesy F&WHR.

 

Classic Car Show at Dinas 20/8/17

The Classic Car show comes to Dinas again on 20/8/17 and there will be special events, such as footplate rides, slate shunt and miniature train rides as well as stands and stalls.

 

Dinas Britomart 23/6/17

On 23/6/17 Britomart hauled two coaches on a private working from Porthmadog to Caernarfon then to Blaenau and back to Porthmadog. The loco has previously run to Caernarfon pilotted by Moelwyn several years ago.

 

Snowdonian Limited 9-10/6/16

Some images have finally arrived from the Snowdonian Limited run on 10/6/16 and the Boston Lodge visit the night before. This is the second year this special working has run following The Snowdonian becoming full last year.

 

This Boston Lodge view (9/6/17) shows David Lloyd George and Taliesin being prepared for duty on the Snowdonian Limited the following day. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (9/6/17) shows Earl of Merioneth.  the loco was being returned to service for a final season before withdrawal. The loco will be mounted on two old bogies and preserved intact in case a future enthusiast group wishes to restore it. It will be replaced in service by the new build Fairlie James Spooner, due for completion by 2020 in time for the 150th anniversary of the original Fairlie Little Wonder's trails on the FR. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (9/6/17) shows new FR Pullman Observation Car No.152 under construction. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (10/6/17) shows Taliesin and David Lloyd George on substituting on a service train, passing Dinas Works, so that No. 87 could be released for the non-stop working to Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (10/6/17) shows progress rebuilding No.138 in Dinas Works. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (10/6/17) shows No.143 heading to Caernarfon on the service train passing the Snowdonian Limited at Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Mottram and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (10/6/17) shows No.87 heading to Boston Lodge on the non-stop Snowdonian Limited crossing Britannia Bridge on what was to prove a wet day. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Mottram and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (10/6/17) shows Britomart, Lilla and Linda shunting the Snowdonian Limited at Tan-y-Bwlch. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Mottram and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (10/6/17) shows the Snowdonian Limited passing through Tan-y-bwlch lead by Britomart, Lilla and Linda. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (10/6/17) shows the Snowdonian Limited team with headboard posing with Lilla at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Tim Reynolds and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

F&WHR Moving Pictures No.7

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 22 mins 0 seconds of video detailing recent events on the F&WHR published 19/6/17.  This video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

BF&TR update

There have been some changes in the management structure of this new railway project in the F&WHR's 'backyard'. Teething difficulties are common in newly formed volunteer organisations. A new 4 min 43 second simulation video has been released to show how the railway could operate from a two coach platform at Cwmbowydd Road l/c a few hundred yards west of the joint FR/NR station until such time as operational agreements can be made to run into the main line station. The latter would probably require a new shared section token from the old LNWR station to Cwmbowydd with a trap point each end of the section. The token could be drawn by only one railway when their trains are due in the main line station, unless permissive working was allowed for same platform interchange. See BF&TR Facebook page

 

Caernarvon BR station images 3/7/70

Caernarvon (as it was then known) BR station was located in the car park area behind Asda and the station building was roughly where the Balaclava Road roundabout is located. Your web editor was lucky enough to travel to it in one of the last year's of operation in late August 1967 in a DMU (sitting behind the driver!). The line had recently been singled in 1966, with (as I recollect) the Up line being used for all traffic. Sadly the pictures I took with my mum's Brownie 127 have become lost over time. On 1/7/69 Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in Caernarfon Castle and trains ran as far as Dinas (including the Royal Train) for stock storage even though the line had been mothballed for 5 years following closure on 7/9/64. It is interesting to note that regular trains ran from Manchester Exchange and Liverpool Lime Street to Caernarvon in the mid sixties.

Caernarfon BR station closed 5/1/70 but reopened as a freightliner terminal six months later after the fire that destroyed the Menai Straits tubular bridge on 23/5/70. Final closure came on 30/1/72 after the new Menai Straits railway bridge was opened (albeit single track!). Dave Waldren has kindly provided a set of images he recently purchased from this short-lived revival dated 3/7/70 when Caernarfon became busy again as a freightliner terminal. Full details of Caernarfon's three earlier stations (including one on the site of the current WHR station) can be found on the Disused Station website.

 

This westerly view (3/7/70) shows the closed Caernarvon BR station with track removed from the former Bangor bays. A Class 47 in two tone green shunts freightliner wagons in the yard. The track dips down behind the signalbox into the Cross Town tunnel, now converted for road use. Two road cranes are visible for transferring freightliner wagons. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren from an original of unknown provenance and was taken on a film camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (3/7/70) shows the closed Caernarvon BR station with a road crane transferring freightliner wagons to lorries for onward shipment to Holyhead. The wall to the left of the crane still exists in the Balaclava Road car park and Y Galeri now occupies the site of the sheds visible in the distance. The track dips down to the left into the Cross Town tunnel, now converted for road use. The nearer track was exclusive to Llanberis, closed to all services, after an extended afterlife as an Excursion line, on 7/9/64 then lifted soon after. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren from an original of unknown provenance and was taken on a film camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (3/7/70) shows the closed Caernarvon BR station a road crane transferring freightliner wagons to lorries for onward shipment to Holyhead. The wall to the left of the crane still exists in the Balaclava Road car park and modern flats, Premier Inn and Travelodge motels now occupy the tank farm to the left. On the right he track dips down to the left into the Cross Town tunnel and converges into one track for Dinas as the right hand track for Llanberis had clearly been lifted by this date as all that is left is a catch point. The nearer crane appears to be in a fixed location with the loco shunting the wagons past it for unloading. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren from an original of unknown provenance and was taken on a film camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (3/7/70) shows the closed Jacobean Caernarvon BR station building on the left in front of the church with track removed from the former Bangor bays in the foreground. A Class 47 in two tone green shunts freightliner wagons in the yard. This view is taken from the site of the Balaclava Road roundabout between Morrisons and the former Christ Church, with visible spire, which became the Hwylfan Fun Centre in 1999 after lying derelict for almost 20 years. The area to the right became Morrisons. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren from an original of unknown provenance and was taken on a film camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (18/7/70) shows the closed Britannia Bridge following the fire on 23/5/70. Work is underway to extract the burned timbers before removal of the tubes and replacement with the new arched structure. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren from an original of unknown provenance and was taken on a film camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Three Peaks special 15-17/6/17

DRS provided locos Nos.37609/605 to haul this year's Three Peaks charity fund raising special to Bangor (1Z51 off Crewe rather than London as normal). The train was later to run north to Ravenglass (for Scafell Pike) and Fort William (for Ben Nevis). This rail industry sponsored event raises money for the charity Railway Children.

 

Bontnewydd Bypass Inquiry starts 13/6/17

A Public Inquiry opened on 13/6/17 into the A487 Caernarfon-Bontnewydd bypass that bridges the WHR just north of Bontnewydd Halt. The inquiry is set to take up to 6 weeks. This is an opportunity for members of the public to ask for a junction with the A4085 Caernarfon to Beddgelert road which has been missed out in the scheme. Under current plans people travelling towards Beddgelert will need to continue to drive through Caernarfon, or to continue for some miles to Bontnewydd then double back via local roads to Caeathro to access the A4065 to Beddgelert or travel via the A4086 and Pont-rug to Caeathro. See WAG report for full details, including maps and plans of the scheme. Also see BBC report. Nine alternatives have been proposed which will be considered by the Inspector including a roundabout for the A4085 and changes to the vertical profile when crossing the WHR. See Daily Post report.

Local politicians are concerned there may be decades of delays to the scheme if it is not approved now. See Daily Post report.

 

Tuesday Gang report 13/6/17

Tony Baker reports: There was a change of scene this week. Whilst we are awaiting fresh supplies of crossing timbers we applied preservative to the station buildings at Meillionen and Waunfawr. We were glad to get done at the Forest Campsite as the midges were out in force.

 

This northerly view (13/6/17) shows the preservative applied to Meillionen Halt (Beddgelert Forest) station building. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Andy Dawson and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/6/17) shows the preservative applied to Waunfawr station building. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Andy Dawson and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Snowdonian Limited 10/6/17

The 'Snowdonian Limited' ran on 10/6/127, offering an 80 mile round trip over the whole railway with a variety of motive power.

Tickets cost Third Class £180.00 and First Class £400.00

On all trains:- Seating was limited to 66% capacity to provide comfort. It was hoped that historic Carriage No.14 would be included in train as a Club Car dispensing refreshments including Snowdonian Real Ale.

This train was run to raise funds for The Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

 

Class 40 visits the F&WHR 10/6/17

Its now a rare event to see loco hauled trains anywhere near the F&WHR as NR has still not developed a mobile ERTMS system capable of being installed in visiting traction. There have been no railtours to the Cambrian Coast for several years now despite the upgrading of the line making it fit for loco hauled stock. However, Blaenau Ffestiniog continues to be visited from time to time and on Saturday 10/6/17 a WCR/ELR/CFPS special visited Blaenau Ffestiniog from Preston hauled by 40145 carrying number '345', a number it carried for a few years after the end of steam where the D prefix was dropped and before TOPS in 1974.

 

This northerly view (10/6/17) shows the special posing alongside Earl of Merioneth at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Phil Brown (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

KS4415 rolling chassis 10/6/17

After five days hard work by pioneer diesel loco volunteers at Boston Lodge, the 'bottom end' of Kerr Stuart 4415 was assembled last week. The work undertaken included fitting the layshaft plus associated sprockets and gears, fitting the springs and radius rods that attach the wheelsets to each other and to the frames, lifting the frame onto the wheelsets, assembling the brake gear, fitting and adjusting the drive chains, and fitting drawgear and couplings. This is a big step forward for the project, and is effectively the end of Stage 1, although there are still a few little bits to finish off. Volunteers will now turn their attention to the engine and gearbox.

 

This northerly view (10/6/17) shows the KS4415 at Boston Lodge, now a rolling chassis. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright KS Group and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Prince to feature at SVR Gala 21-24/9/17

Prince will be running with a heritage carriage on a short track at the Engine House Highley during the SVR's Gala 21-24/9/17. The loco was stored at this location between 2010-12 while out of boiler ticket awaiting its turn in Boston Lodge loco queue. See Steam Railway's report.

 

Heavy rain disrupts services 8/6/17

Exceptionally heavy rain (even by North Wales standards!) leads to delays on 8/6/17. The first train of the day from Caernarfon ran an hour late and passed the first from Porthmadog at Rhyd Ddu rather than Beddgelert. The Traeth at Pont Croesor was heavily flooded. Later in the day Vale of Ffestiniog was called out to assist No.87 back to Caernarfon.

 

This easterly view (8/6/17) shows Vale of Ffestiniog assisting No.87 on the afternoon departure from Porthmadog at 14:55. 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.

 

Heritage railways concerns about General Election

With Britain going to the polls on 8/6/17, there are concerns in many Heritage Railways about the outcome on their futures. As predicted before the Brexit vote, the economy has begun to dip markedly with the Brexit inspired reduction in the value of the pound, the consequent inflation has spiralled while wages have stagnated in 2017. This has led to reduced disposable income for the majority of families. On the plus side this bad economic news might encourage more 'staycation' but possibly 'nocation' meaning mixed fortunes for Heritage Railways, especially those a long drive from the centres of population, such as the F&WHR, now petrol has gone up so much.

While the Conservative Party, in an extreme volte-face, is now an enthusiastic advocate of Brexit at any cost, Labour and Plaid Cymru are acquiescing to the notion that the UK is going to leave the EU, albeit with various reservations. On the other hand the Liberal Democrats, Scots Nationalists, Greens and even some of the Northern Ireland parties remain implacably opposed to Brexit with the Lib Dems proposing a second referendum when the true cost of Brexit becomes clear.

The WHR has benefitted hugely from the EU's largesse in supporting economically deprived areas on the fringes. It is unlikely the WHR would have been rebuilt without EU support and it remains unclear whether any similar funding stream will appear in these 'straitened' economic times from UK government funds. If the Bank of England projections are correct and this Brexit inspired economic downturn continues, where we are now officially the G7 member with the lowest growth, it is unclear if there will ever be funds available for Heritage Railways in the future.

Voters with an interest in Heritage Railways should consider these issues carefully before voting.

 

Tuesday Gang report 6/6/17

Tony Baker reports: On 6/6/15 the Tuesday Gang were at Rhyd Ddu working on LC 39.28 where we changed two rotten outer timbers on the Caernarfon end foot crossing and then moved down to the crossing on the Snowdon footpath Ffridd Isaf LC 39.16 where we cleaned out all the mud and slate waste debris which gets washed down. Whilst this was going on three gang members were installing a planter at Meillionen which has been transferred from duties at Caernarfon. This will be planted shortly with rabbit proof flowers.

 

This easterly view (6/6/17) shows the Tuesday Gang cutting timbers for the Rhyd Ddu station foot 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 easterly view (6/6/17) shows the Tuesday Gang fitting the new timbers for the Rhyd Ddu station foot crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (6/6/17) shows the Tuesday Gang clearing the debris from the Snowdon footpath crossing at Rhyd Ddu, clearly an area that would benefit from a catch pit. 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 (6/6/17) shows the Tuesday Gang with the cleared anti-trespass grids at the Snowdon footpath crossing at Rhyd Ddu. 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.

 

Welsh Pony progress 1/6/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 8 mins 14 seconds of video detailing the progress with Welsh Pony published 2/6/17. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

No.590 Appeal

The WHHR is appealing for £60,000 to complete Baldwin No.794 (to carry the number 590 as running on the WHR in the 1923-36 period. See WHHR Appeal leaflet.

 

No.130 progress

It was found that both of the front pony truck spring arrangements were worn and not working properly. This has now been addressed by obtaining new parts and new springs. See No.130 Facebook page for images.

 

KS4415 progress 29/5/17

By 22/5/17 manufacturing of the drawgear components was nearing completion at Boston Lodge. All the components are made now and volunteers are just waiting for some non standard large bolts that are on order before they can assemble the dragboxes.

By 23/5/17 the wheels had been re-profiled on the wheel lathe at Boston Lodge. Due to the wheelsets being 2' gauge and the Ffestiniog Railway being 1' 11 1/2" gauge, a compromise flange profile has been used. Drive chains were delivered on 23/5/17 so volunteers are closer to getting the loco back to a rolling chassis.

By 29/5/17 new springs had been for the axlebox oil fillers. These were made from an old bandsaw blade. There was more good progress with wheels spray painted in standard grey, journals and bearings checked after machining, gaskets and seals made for the axleboxes and axleboxes fitted to the wheelsets.

For images see KS4415 Facebook page and KS4415 Blog.

 

NG15 No.134 report

Volunteers busied themselves with few loose ends to start with involved things like cleaning all the components of the rear coupling for the tender ready for re-use as the main priority for the railway is to get the tender and loco chassis capable of being freely moved around. This will help the group in that the two chassis can be positioned in a more suitable work location prior to each working party. The other small job was the fitting of the covers to the Automatic By-pass Valves using a set of gaskets made as a homework project by one of the team. The valves had been fitted to the cylinders last time and so just needed the covers fitted.

Volunteers also reviewed the front valve covers for the cylinders for their cladding cover attachment. These should be stand-offs however most were either missing or converted to studs. Those missing had their holes re-tapped ready.

The group reamed out a few more of the rear pony truck axle box mountings ready for fitting fitted bolts using the existing reamer. They wanted to get the holes reamed so far fitted with the fitted bolts so volunteers decided that they had safely gone as for as they could until the fitted bolts arrive.

One item that had caused great concern last month was the realisation that our rear pony truck frame is quite bent compared to the drawings. It does look from several weld marks in the frame that it has been reconstructed at some point, and does continue to support the group's suspicions, along with various other evidence of replaced or bent 'things' that the loco had been in some sort of an accident, possibly onto its side.

Volunteers therefore took a straight edge and various measuring implements to check alignment. It is vital that the pivot pin is in the centreline of the whole assembly, especially with the centre of the axle. Fortunately the measurements showed minimal error, probably well with measurement error as volunteers are taking the measurements from the axlebox casting rather than with the wheels in place. They were expecting several 10's of mm from the look of the frames but believe this is the least of their worries at this stage.

The other main job concentrated on was the completion of the drilling out and the re-tapping of the various broken studs to hold the cylinder cladding and covers in place. As mentioned last time these had been broken and repositioned several times on the loco's life so the group decided to go back to their original positions. Those that were still viable with a thread and in the correct place were a mixture of M10, M12 and M14 holes! Whilst volunteers were making all the re-drilled holes M10, the few M12 holes that exist are too awkward to alter so will be left. However, the M14 holes and the M12 holes that have had their thread stripped will be plugged with M14 studs and drilled and re-tapped to M10. As M14 is not a standard size for us or the railway we'll need some taps before we can continue so that's one for next time.

See No.134 page for images.

 

Beerfest YouTube 30/5/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 13 mins 48 seconds of video detailing the Beer Festival, published 30/5/17 and featuring extended footage of Vale of Ffestiniog's duty returning ECS stock to Boston Lodge. The video has been produced by Tom Waldren (Cutting Edge Video). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

BF&TR starts work at Maentwrog Road 27/5/17

The Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway has started work on the Goods Shed at Maentwrog Road station on 27/5/17. Colin Dale advises that NR permission to work on the line from there to Trawsfynydd will soon be granted.

 

Back on line 17/5/17

After a few technical problems the F&WHR ticketing service and webshop were back on line on 17/5/17.

 

Blasts from the past

This northerly view shows Russell (cut down for operation on the FR) arriving at Rhyd Ddu in 1936. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Ian Bristow and has been scanned from a negative. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Fayle's Tramway view shows Russell (as cut down for operation on the FR) working in Dorset without its pony truck, running as an 0-6-2T on Fayle’s Tramway at Corfe Castle in the period 1948-53?. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Dave Waldren and has been scanned from a negative of unknown provenance. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Moving Pictures No.6 18/5/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 22 mins 37 seconds of video detailing the recent news from May, published 18/5/17. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

Coach No.1001 progress 18/5/17

Martin Kressman reports: The grit blasting contractor returned to Dinas on 18/5/17 while volunteers were helping to set up the Rail Ale Festival, in order to complete the work that had to be abandoned last Friday. The primer coat of paint is now ready to be applied as well as some work on the external bodywork in preparation for painting in the future.

 

Dinas news 16/5/17

On Sunday 14/5/17 new WHRS funded saloon No.2047 and converted No.2091 (ex No.2041) entered passenger service for the first time. E-Set was shunted and reformed at Porthmadog in the morning before the 1045 departure and F-Set during the two hour layover. No.2060 was removed from F-Set and original WHR lock up coach No.23 was also shunted out. Three FR coaches are still in use (see set lists below).

The sets are currently:

E-Set: Nos.24/122/2021/2091/2047/2044/2040/2043/2010/2100.

F-Set: Nos.113/116/2022/2090/2046/2042/2045/2011/2115.

Martin Kressman adds: The contractor started work on grit blasting the mess coach No.1001 last Friday (12/5/17). Unfortunately, the onset of rain brought the work to a premature end. The contractor will return at a later date. No.2060, the ex-Romanian coach, has been taken out of service. I have noticed that many of the double glazed units are misted up (it has gone for attention in Boston Lodge Carriage Works-Ed).

 

Q&CII taster YouTube 15/5/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 3 min 11 seconds of video (with a weird soundtrack!) detailing the recent Q&CII Gala from 28/4-1/5/17, published 15/5/17. This taster gives an idea of the main programme which will be on sale soon and is 1 hour 25 mins long. The video has been produced by John Wooden (F&WHR). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

Aerial views 11/5/17

This southerly view (11/5/17) shows the first FR train of the day passing Boston Lodge with David Lloyd George in charge. Two WHR coaches are receiving attention and the KMX tamper and WHR B wagons can be seen loaded with coal. Merddin Emrys is being prepared for duty later in the day. The large pile of stone on the top right is stored ready widening the land onto the foreshore for the new Carriage shed that will be built adjacent to the existing Carriage Shed. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (11/5/17) shows the first train of the day heading north over Snowdon Street towards Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/5/17) shows the first train of the day heading south over Pont Croesor towards Porthmadog. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Loco mileages 2016

The loco mileages for 2016 were as follows:

No.87                      9,135

No.143                    8,633

No.138                    7,902

Caernarfon Castle     655 (mostly PW trains)

 

BF&TR moves forward 11/5/17

Colin Dale has advised of projected developments at Maentwrog Road yard which is set to become the operational base of the Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway.

The clearance of the yard is 75% complete and then volunteers will push on to Trawsfynydd Lake Halt, clearing the jungle caused by 30 years of BR/Railtrack/NR neglect. They will be including the space for a terminus station at the site of the halt, which might be temporary if the railway pushes onto Trawsfynydd and even, according to the long term hopes of some, to Cwm Prysor summit.

Work starts next weekend on restoring the Maentwrog road Goods Shed. See Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway Website for full details.

 

Aerial views of Caernarfon 10/5/17

This easterly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station area with the Harbour in the foreground. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station area with a new trench excavated across the station site parallel with the road with a blue pipe showing, presumably a water main. The 10:00 departure can be seen in the station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the Caernarfon station the 10:00 departure can be seen in the station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (10/5/17) shows a general view of the Caernarfon Castle and the area north of the station. The new roundabout does not have its centre marked out yet. The former BR rail tunnel is on the right. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This vertical aerial view with north to the left (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station site with the trench, presumably for the new water main shown. Two disabled parking places are allocated to Harbour car park nearest to the future station entrance. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This vertical aerial  view with west to the left (10/5/17) shows a general view of the new Caernarfon station site with the trench, presumably for the new water main shown. Two disabled parking places are allocated to Harbour car park nearest to the future station entrance. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This vertical aerial view with north to the left (10/5/17) shows a close up of the new Caernarfon station roundabout with the former BR tunnel to the right. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

More aerial views 9/5/17

This easterly aerial view (9/5/17) shows the first trains of the day passing at Beddgelert. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (9/5/17) shows No.87 briefly heading south as it threads the Cwmcloch S bends before resuming its northbound direction towards Caernarfon. The train will shortly use the section of track on the upper right. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (9/5/17) shows the second train of the day from Caernarfon heading south through the Aberglaslyn Pass. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

East Anglian Group meeting 18/5/17

Stephen Sullivan reports: Our next meeting takes place this coming Thursday 18/5/17. We welcome David Colenutt, who will be talking to us about "Corsican and Sardinian Narrow Gauge”. This will be our last meeting before the traditional Summer break, during which we will however be visiting Statfold Barn (10/6/17) and Old North Road Station on the Cambridge-Sandy line (10/9/17). Please enquire if you have not received details about these visits and would like to join us.

On 18/5/17 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 23.45, via Cambridge railway station where it arrives at 00.17) Car parking can be busy but there is space available on Church Lane, a 3-5 minute walk to the pub.

 

Aerial views 7/5/17

This northerly aerial view (7/5/17) shows a general view of the Traeth Mawr area north of Porthmadog Football club with the bypass in the foreground and the WHR/WHHR in the top left. A Sunday morning car boot sale in underway. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (7/5/17) shows No.87 heading south over Bryn-y-felin bridge with the second train of the day. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly aerial view (7/5/17) shows No.87 on the ash pit with the new layout of Boston Lodge clearly visible. The new Carriage Shed will be built to the right when permission has been received to extend onto the foreshore. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright John Rawlings and was taken on digital camera taken with a Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter (P4P). Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Caernarfon Food Festival special 13/5/17

An additional 0940 from Porthmadog and 1730 from Caernarfon operates on 13/5/17 in conjunction with the Caernarfon Food Festival.

 

No.130 update 6/5/17

All six driving wheels were back at Dinas by 6/5/17 along with the driver's seat. By 30/4/17 a test rig was busy testing the Garratt's lubrication non-return valves and Wakefield splitter. Progress has been made with welding up the inner firebox which was nearing completion at the end of April.

 

SuperPower visitor cancelled

SuperPower on the later weekend of 16-17/9/17 is without a theme this year. A steam visitor has had to be cancelled leading to speculation it was Russell, a VoR loco or even the new L&BR Baldwin No.762 Lyn, due to be test steamed at Keef's on 8/7/17.

 

Q&C2 YouTube 6/5/17

Click on the YouTube link above to watch 16 min 10 seconds of video detailing recent Q&C2 Gala from 28/4-1/5/17, published 6/5/17. The video has been produced by Dave & Tom Waldren (Cutting Edge video). It is best watched at 1080p HD mode available on e.g. Chrome.

 

Titbits Spring 2017

In 2008 the F&WHR purchased a number of redundant token machines from IE (Irish Railways). The WHR is looking for volunteers to refurbish them so they can be used in conjunction with Roland Doyle's Micro-ETS system which has been operating in parallel on test at Pont Croesor.

Tryfan Junction is getting new fences in the style recently fitted at Dinas, Snowdon Ranger, Nantmor and the entrance to Waunfawr. Fencing at Beddgelert awaits a definitive station buildings plan but Rhyd Ddu and Pont Croesor will need long fences so sponsorship at £110 per 2.4m panel is urgently being sought by the WHRS.

Funding is nearing completion for the £170,000 cost of the second Observation Car to be named Gwyrfai but donations are still being sought. The frame for this may be constructed at Dinas as the frame for the new FR Observation Car No.152 has now left the works for Boston Lodge.

A volunteer station master is being sought for Caernarfon to ensure everyone catches the 10:00.

 

Palmerston at Liverpool Albert Dock 5/5/17

Although the Steam at Albert Dock Liverpool event is only on 6-7/5/17, Palmerston will be staying for an extended period covering two weekends. The loco will be offering short rides along a section of track on the quayside. The loco will run on Hartley Quay outside the Maritime Museum.

 

This easterly view (5/5/17) shows Palmerston at the Albert Dock, Liverpool ready for passenger service from 6/5/17-14/5/17. Clearly Liverpool was enjoying better weather than much of the UK since Easter! Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (5/5/17) shows Palmerston at the Albert Dock, Liverpool with coaches Bugboxes Nos.1/12 both with roof destination boards advertising the F&WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

KS4415 update 5/5/17

There was good progress with the restoration of the unique Kerr Stuart shunter over the last month and the frames were on display at the Q&C2 Boston Lodge open day. The shunter is famous for being demonstrated on the F&WHR in 1928-29.

At the end of March new bearings arrived for the starting gear and work continued on the brake gear. a bronze ring was turned up to act as a spacer for the thrust bearing as the group was not able to obtain one of the same thickness as the original.

In early April all the new brake pins were made and the brake gear was nearing completion with just the brake blocks to drill. The grit blasting contractor was also on site at Boston Lodge to clean up a load of components ready for the next stages of work. After blast cleaning volunteers gave everything a thick coat of MIO guard paint to protect it until they have time to work on them.

By early May, one of the KS4415 group's volunteers had designed a new dragbox arrangement for No.4415 based on the F&WHR standard coupler. It had to be modified to fit in the restricted space available between the bufferbeam and gearbox at the front of the loco and the narrow gap between the frame stretchers at the rear. Over our last two working sessions we have started making the dragboxes. Volunteers intend to finish these before they put the frames back on the wheels, so that proper couplings can be fitted and the loco will be easy to move about. A doubling plate was riveted to the inside of the buffer beam to strengthen it and a hole cut with a plasma torch then angle iron was riveted to support the drag box. See KS4415 Facebook page for images of progress.

 

New Railtour operator

A new railtour operator will be competing for excursion traffic of the North Wales Coast and The Marches routes from Chester and Shrewsbury and Crewe soon. Loco Services of Crewe has submitted an application for a licence to become a TOC. The company is owned by steam enthusiast millionaire Jeremy Hosking who owns several steam locos and has purchased the former Crewe Diesel Depot site. Provisional arrangements are in place to operate railtours later this year using a rake of 10 refurbished carriages. LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot has been allocated the duty.

In recent years there has been a decline in railtours to the North Wales Coast and those to the Cambrian Coast have died out following NR's breaking its pledge to provide a mobile ERTMS unit and requiring all trains to be headed by ERTMS fitted Class 37s.

 

Russell 4/5/17

This northerly view (4/5/17) shows Russell departing Pen-y-Mount with the gorse in full bloom. The WHR and WHHR run parallel in this area north of the bypass bridge with the WHR behind Russell. Many are still wondering when, if ever, Russell will be allowed to run on the F&WHR. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy WHHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Break in at Caernarfon 3/5/17

The Daily Post features a story about a break in at Caernarfon station overnight on 3-4/5/17. Thieves caused a lot of damage and stole thousands of pounds of money made during the Bank Holiday weekend. Paul Lewin states that money will no longer be stored at Caernarfon.

 

Q&C2 report 1/5/17

Here are a collection of images from the final day of the Quirks and Curiosities 2 Gala. No images from north of Pont Croesor have come to hand. They would be very welcome for publication.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Diana being prepared for the final day of Q&C2 at the rear of Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows The Goose with Ryam Sugar Company No.1 coupled on the rear, heading towards Hafod-y-llyn as it eases out onto the tramway section across Britannia Bridge on the last day of the event. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Britomart being prepared for the final day of Q&C2 at the rear of Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Steamplex, a loco that was not caught in the camera during Q&C2. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (1/5/17) shows Blanche disassembled for boiler overhaul. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows the cavalcade of Q&C2 locos leaving Porthmadog Harbour station. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

BF&TR reached target 1/5/17

The Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Railway reached its target of £5000 on 1/5/17 with  18 days to spare. The sum raised so far is £5,082 from 60 supporters for a chipper to clear the line. The society hopes that Crowdfunding donations will come in over the next few weeks to enable it to buy additional tools.

 

Chuquitanta 1/5/17

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle with the Davenport built Ryam Sugar Company No.1 just after crossing Cae Pawb NR crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (1/5/17) shows Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle lead by The Goose waiting at Pont Croesor for the service train to pass. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (1/5/17) compares Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle with the WHR's No.87 as they cross at Pont Croesor loop. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (1/5/17) shows Chuquitanta on the rear of the Hafod-y-llyn shuttle ready to return at Hafod-y-llyn. Passengers had de-trained and were waiting on the platform. For some reason the shuttle did not use the platform road. Click on the image to enlarge. Click again to see full size. This image is copyright Steve Town and was taken on digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Events 2017

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

 

Mainline news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30/9/17 'Conway Valley Explorer II' Cleethorpes-Betws-y-coed (diesel) WCR

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

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2017

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

The programme for 2017 is as follows:

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

^ Bank Holiday weekend

LW-Long weekend Friday-Monday

WW-Working week Saturday-Friday

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

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

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

Contacts

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

Tuesday Gang:

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

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

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

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

 

Gradient graph

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

 

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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.

 

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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

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