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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Route section pages

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

 

Phase 4 pages

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

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

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

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

Beddgelert Station Area (updated 30/6/07)

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

Aberglaslyn Pass (updated 2/7/07)

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

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

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

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

 

Other pages

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

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

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

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

Archived News Page (updated 22/5/15)

Snow Scenes (updated 6/12/14)

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

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

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

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

Access to Phase 2 pages is currently being progressed.

 

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Disclaimer

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

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

 

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Phase 2 DVD released

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

Click here for the Clip List.

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

 

Phase 3 Video Offer

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

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

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

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

 

Click here for Phase 3 Construction video Clip List

 

Sept 2007-Aug 2008 Edition of Phase 4 DVD

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

Click here for FR on-line shop

Click here for DVD Clip List

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

 

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

 

News Section

WHR timetables

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for Chainages and OS Map Reference

 

No.138 26/5/15

This westerly view (26/5/15) shows No.138 as seen from the unusual location of a hydraulic lift platform positioned near the Relay Cabin. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tim Prent and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

WHR on TV 31/5/15

BBC TV presenter Sian Lloyd will lead a programme 'My Real North Wales' to be broadcast on BBC1 Wales at 2230 on Sunday 31/5/15. The programme will feature the WHR and is available on Sky Channel 952/978 for those who do not live in Wales.

 

Spring Workshop roundup

The DZ wagon conversion has proved successful and seen the wagons in use across the whole F&WHR system e.g. carrying loco ash on the WHR. It is intended to convert the remaining wagons when funding allows. The new well wagon should be complete and in use. It can carry a flail to reduce scratching of the coach sides by lineside vegetation or, for example, a 360 degree excavator up to 7 tonnes on the WHR (less on the FR). There will be a covered van to carry the support equipment for the lineside vegetation clearance team.

The two Garratts in action are Nos. 87/138 with No.87 moving light engine to Boston Lodge on 20/3/15 to operate the northbound service at the start of the season. These are the only two locos available until No.143 becomes available later in the year. If there is a problem with either of the working Garratts, it is likely that two FR locos will be required or an FR loco with Castell Caernarfon. The high chrome grates trialled on No.138 have lasted well and have been fitted to No.87. No.143 will use up the remaining plain cast iron grate spares when it returns to traffic before being converted.

The two working Garratts have a lot of preventative maintenance over Winter: alterations to the fusible plug bosses so that they are a common size, new brick arches in the firebox, attention to all cab valves, new brake shoes, reversing mechanism, new fire hole doorplates.

Work on No.143 has included attention to the hornstays, which were a bad fit and could lead to the frames cracking. New deeper hornstays are being fitted as well as new hardened horns with deeper cheeks to reduce chaffing of the horn in the frame, which should also reduce frame wear. An experimental electro-acoustic method is being used to detect cracks in the frame.

Fitted bolts that hold the rear pony truck compensating link were loose and required replacement with the brackets needing much build-up welding to obtain the correct tolerances. The front pony truck brackets also needed attention. The drive cranks have been machined, connecting rod bushes white metalled and all rods fitted to the power units. The brakes have been altered to fit the slightly narrower gauge. The vacuum brake gear will soon receive attention.

 

LAG Special Train 19/6/15

Kim winter reports: On 19/6/15 the London Area Group of the Ffestiniog Railway Society will celebrate 60 years with the running of a special train over both the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Members of the Group have been given priority in booking seats but there are still some places left which are being offered to anyone who would care to join us. The price is £65 and there is an optional buffet lunch at £10.50 at The Snowdonia Parc at Waunfawr. There will be a long stop here so that there is no rush. The train will leave Porthmadog at 9am, traverse the WHR first passing through Porthmadog on the return (non-stop we hope) about 15:30 on the way to Blaenau Ffestiniog and finishing at Porthmadog about 18:30. The usual drinks & light refreshments will be available on the train at normal prices. Anyone interested in joining us on this memorable trip should contact Kim Winter, 223, Camp Road, St. Albans, Herts. AL1 5NE, Phone: 01727 762343 or email k.winter@imperial.ac.uk.

 

Pont Croesor 18/5/15

This northerly view (18/5/15) shows No.138 being waved across the level crossing at Pont Croesor with the 1415 from Caernarfon. The level crossing electronics cabinet was demolished by a car crash in February. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Roger Dimmick (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Team Wylfa report 26/5/15

Clive Briscoe reports: On Tuesday this week, we were down to just 3 of us - Pete, Den and myself. Because Martin and Rod are still having a break this week, we had to service the whole E Set first before carrying on with NG15 No.134 work. On No.134, we continued much as we had last week but on the way to the Loco Shed, called in on No.133 so Den could see where all the electrics need to be located when No.134 comes to fitting out. He then continued freeing off external nuts and bolts on the turbo-generator whilst Pete undid further vacuum brake train pipe brackets to hand to me for final fettling and tidying up.
The A Team are not at Dinas for the next two Tuesdays, some of the team will be joining Martin and Rod on Thursdays to keep the (carriage) wheels rolling. Normal service returns on Tuesday 16/6/15.

 

Titbits Spring 2015

PW diesel No.9, currently being rebuilt at Dinas, now has secure funding courtesy of the Snowdon Ranger appeal.

Reviews are taking place of the station design at Caernarfon. The main sewer which underlies the car park will need to be moved to the perimeter of the site. There are concerns that TRAWS' proposals to reopen Bangor-Afonwen have been catered for. There may be space for a standard gauge track interleaved with the run round loop against the retaining wall on the east side. Decking to the rear of Caernarfon Station building has been replaced after been repeatedly flooded and becoming rotten.

The 200th anniversary of the Nantlle Railway will occur in 2025 and may be celebrated in some way on the WHR. Parts of the trackbed between Pen-y-groes and Caernarfon were utilised by the Caernarvonshire Railway built from Afonwen to Caernarfon (later the LNWR/LMS/BR route). The WHR uses the BR route between Dinas and Caernarfon.

A new WHR Guide Book is on sale in station shops as well as a 2016 calendar, now produced locally.

Prince will be taking promotional trips to Paddington, Shrewsbury Flower Show (14-15/8/15) and Bristol.

 

Beer Festival 16/5/15

It is reported that the WHR Beer Festival almost ran out of beer for the third year on the run despite increasing the order for beer every year! The Beer Festival is the WHR's most financially successful event.

 

This northerly view (16/5/15) shows newly released David Lloyd George being watered at Waunfawr whilst running round on a Beer Festival shuttle at 1203. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (16/5/15) shows double Fairlie David Lloyd George receiving attention at Caernarfon whilst running round on a Beer Festival shuttle at 1252. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 7 min 12 seconds of video of the opening of Rail Ale dated 16/5/15, including views of David Lloyd George on shuttle trains. This video is courtesy Tom Waldren and is best watched in 1080p high definition mode.

 

Rest of the World Gang report 9-15/5/15

Phil Nock reports: We started our week shovelling ash at Caernarfon, lots of ash, clearing it off the running lines and down to sleeper level, ostensibly because wet coal ash corrodes the track fittings, but really because there was just so much of it. This kept us busy for much of Saturday and resulted in a large pile against the retaining wall. We were doing the same thing on Sunday morning at Cefn Werthyd, near Bontnewydd, where a quantity of ash has been used to widen the embankment. Much of the rest of the week we spent kangoing in the Forest. The first site was around 44.05, in Coed Mawr, just up the hill (officially Down) and out of the trees from the camp-site. Here a dip had recently developed over half a panel (9m), where the track runs over rather boggy ground and was in danger of becoming a derailing twist, so we jacked and packed it. Then we moved on to the series of sharp curves between Cwm Du (42.20) and Tro Elain (41.90), where a general lack of gap is causing the spade ends of the tin sleepers to dig in and out of the ballast on the high rail side, as the track expands and contracts, leading to voids forming under the sleepers and making for spilt tea on the trains. We also rebuilt the wall around the access point to the TOTP cabinet at the Up end of Pont Croesor station.

 

This southerly view (9/5/15) shows the clearance of the large amount of loco ash at the south end of Caernarfon station. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Phil Nock and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (9/5/15) shows the loco ash now clear at the south end of Caernarfon station with No.138 at 1404 ready to depart on the 1415 to Porthmadog. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Phil Nock and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (11/5/15) shows the ROWG kango-packing a dip in the track at Coed Mawr, near the Forest campsite removal of a trackbed dip just north of Beddgelert Forest campsite. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Phil Nock and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (9/5/15) shows the RoWG kango-packing sleeper voids at Cwm Du, in Beddgelert Forest. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Phil Nock and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Team Wylfa report 19/5/15

Clive Briscoe reports: It was the usual Tuesday evening's workload again this week. Thursday's B Team are taking a rest for the next two weeks so it was a full check and oil-up of the F Set to start with. We were joined by a long-term FR volunteer, John Huxley this week and with David O away busy revising for his final exams at Bangor Uni, it was good to have a spare pair of hands to assist.

We quickly did the carriages and then moved to the loco shed to work on NG15 No.134. The 'Boss', Andie Shaw, had stayed on after driving NGG16 No.138 all day to work on more components for the mechanical lubricator drive mechanism, so he and Dennis had a good chat about what the future electrical requirements for the loco need to be. We need a full scheme and spec drawing up for approval of the F&WHR before we do anything. We have been working with the K1 group on this so we hopefully can achieve some commonality of design and components across the WHR fleet of locos.

Dennis then continued cleaning up the Stone's turbo generator that I mentioned last week. It was a spare that the K1 Group had acquired and they have gratefully donated it to No.134. It won't be dismantled for overhaul just yet as it needs a dedicated clean area where it won't be disturbed whilst the work is in progress. However, we have noted some repairs that will be needed already - the governor gear is bent and there are one or two external parts missing. Oh, it will need new bearings as it is seized.

Now that the driver's side lubrication lines are all in place and completed, the others set to 'glaze busting' the paint on this side - lightly abrading it to form a key for when some new black gloss paint arrives, the final coat of paint can be applied.

Your scribe set to adjusting and tidying up some of the vacuum brake train pipe brackets.

 

Tuesday Gang report 19/5/15

Tony Baker reports: On Tuesday 19/5/15 we were back at Nantmor replacing a broken post in the coral fencing. The post was embedded in concrete and we have learned that the most effective way of dealing with this is to dig a new hole as near as possible to the original. This we did and added an extra 2 triangles to the APG to cover the extra space.

 

This northerly view (19/5/15) shows the Tuesday Gang starting work on the broken fence post at Nantmor Halt. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Tony Baker and was taken on an Olympus digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (19/5/15) shows the Tuesday Gang completing work on the broken fence post at Nantmor Halt. 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.

 

Sian Lloyd opens Rail Ale Beer Festival 15/5/15

BBC presenter Sian Lloyd opened Rail Ale at Dinas Goods Shed on the first day of the event. See Daily Post story also including video and photographs.

 

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 2 min 26 seconds of video of the opening of Rail Ale 15/5/15, including views of David Lloyd George on shuttle trains. This video is courtesy John Wooden (F&WHR) and is best watched in 1080p high definition mode.

 

Bank Holiday at Beddgelert 25-28/5/15

There will be Bank Holiday weekend events at Beddgelert Station. There are some family activities beside the platform and the ladies from Beddgelert church will be providing everyone with tea and a selection of their home made cakes. See F&WHR website for full details.

 

Campaign extends for Caernarfon-Bangor rail link 14/5/15

The Daily Post has carried more on the TRAWS campaign to re-instate the Bangor-Caernarfon rail link and extend it to Porthmadog to complete a Bangor-Carmarthen Cambrian Coast rail link and allow direct services within Wales between north Wales and Cardiff. See Daily Post story.

 

David Lloyd George at Rail Ale Beer Festival 15-17/5/15

This long weekend festival begins on Friday 15/5/15 and has its own microsite with full details of additional shuttle trains between Caernarfon and the variety of brews available. Newly painted David Lloyd George will haul steam shuttle during the day with diesel locos hauling the evening shuttles. See F&WHR website for full details. Photos would be welcome.

 

East Anglian Group meeting 21/5/15

David Gander advises: The next WHRS East Anglian Group meeting will take place on Thursday 21/5/15. We welcome Ellis Morey, who will be talking about ‘the Penrhyn Quarry Railway Revival’. Do come along, and please bring a friend. This is the last meeting before our Summer break. Meetings will resume in October, running through to May 2016.

The Group meets at The Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH normally on the third Thursday of the month. We gather at any time after 6 - 6.30pm; good evening meals are available in the restaurant or bar at reasonable prices. Meetings start around 8pm, with a halfway break for coffee (£1.20 per person), and proceedings are brought to a close around 10pm.

Fulbourn is easily accessible from the A14 and M11 and is served from Cambridge by Stagecoach bus Citi 1 (Note: Bus runs every 30 minutes). Car parking can be busy at the pub, but there is space available on Church Lane, a 3-5 minute walk away.

 

Team Wylfa report 12/5/15

Clive Briscoe reports: The Team were at Dinas as usual on Tuesday evening. We started with the carriage checks and oiling up (F Set) then went to the Loco Shed to work on No.134. On the way, we liberated the Stone's turbo-generator that will ultimately be fitted on No.134.

On the loco, the front K-H truck centering spring castings were top coated in black gloss and some short pipe spools were cut for the vacuum brake train pipe - these are simply long barrel nipples but with our pipe die, because they are glorified barrel nipples, can only be threaded on one end as they are too short to go in the die at t'other ends. The other needs crew cutting on a lathe. I feel a little machining practice coming on for our apprentices at work.

Meanwhile, Dennis and Pete cleaned the turbo-generator set externally to check its condition. It looks to be in reasonable order but the next task will be to check it out for insulation and continuity testing. The internal resistance is likely to be low as its been kept in less than ideal conditions.

We had a surprise visit by The Management at 21:40, the Duty Manager - Trish Doyle and IT guru, Mark Gardener. He had been out driving No.87 earlier and had left his bag. Well, that was the excuse anyway. They actually found us WORKING. It's good to see The Management every now and then - we don't normally see anyone else but ourselves!

 

Welsh Pony progress 12/5/15

The £150,000 restoration of Welsh Pony has reached a major milestone with the delivery of parts for the loco’s new boiler. Designs for the new boiler were completed in early February. The major components delivered for the new welded boiler include the long boiler barrel - a section of which will be cut away to leave the top side of the outer firebox – the dome and the firebox sides. These have been delivered rolled and cut to shape as much as possible, leaving lots of work still to be done, including drilling and preparation for welding, before they are ready to be assembled. See F&WHR website for full story and images.

 

Tuesday Gang 12/5/15

Tony Baker reports: The Tuesday Gang started with fence repairs this week at Cae'r Gors where a broken coral rail was replaced and a wooded gate damaged beyond repair was measured up for replacement. Next we went to Nantmor where the fence beside roadway was replaced and the station path fence was repaired with the replacement of 2 broken posts. Finally we went to Hafod-y-Llyn where a section of damaged fence at LC 50.42 was repaired. The weather was fine and 5 volunteers were present.

 

This northerly view (12/5/15) shows the Tuesday Gang starting work on the broken fence at Nantmor Halt. 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 (12/5/15) shows No.138 passing Nantmor Halt at 1113. 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 (12/5/15) shows No.87 passing Tuesday Gang at Nantmor Halt at 1155. 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 (12/5/15) shows the Tuesday Gang completing work on the fence at Nantmor Halt. 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.

 

Traws campaign boost 9/5/15

The re-election of Mark Williams as Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion in the General Election on 8/5/15 has boosted the Traws Campaign's hopes of a re-opening of the Aberystwyth-Carmarthen line and the Cambrian Coast extension from Afon Wen to Bangor. Mark Williams has committed to supporting Traws' campaign in the new parliament but there is some doubt as to whether the new Conservative government will fund Network Rail's expansion plans under their unbridled austerity measures.

 

Gala YouTube 8/5/15

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 34 min 32 seconds of video of the FR 150 years of Passenger Trains Gala published on 8/5/15 featuring some WHR footage and all four days of action on the FR from 1-4/5/15. This video is courtesy John Wooden (F&WHR) and is best watched in 1080p high definition mode.

 

Team Wylfa report 5/5/15

On Tuesday this week it was the usual carriages first, and it was a full visual inspection of F Set. There's been a rotation due to running 'yellow' services over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Team Wylfa's B Team will do the oiling up on Thursday evening. Then it was down to the Loco Shed and No.134. There was a small painting job to be done - the castings holding the front K-H truck side control spring rods to the frames needed undercoating - top coat of black gloss next week. It was mainly housekeeping that got done as there was a lot of dust and grit on the running plates and frames so they got brushed down.

We also investigated the side and con rods - the caps for the oil reservoirs were all removed from the rod ends in South Africa (they were brass!). The threads for them needed checking for damage - and a lot were - also for the sizes so we can get the taps out next week to recover most of the threads. We found two that will be difficult - one has been bored out smooth and we'll probably have to weld a tapped sleeve in. Another appears to be a non-standard size so may need boring out and sleeving likewise.

 

Tuesday Gang 5/5/15

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

 

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

 

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

 

Gala views 1-4/5/15

This easterly view (1/5/15) shows David Lloyd George crossing Britannia Bridge. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (4/5/15) shows No.138 shunting out of the station in the afternoon sunshine on the final day of the Gala. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright Michael Chapman and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Britomart 4/5/15

This easterly view (4/5/15) shows Britomart on a short FR rake on a sunny Monday afternoon. Upnor Castle is back at Porthmadog after its recent visit to Dinas and was used on the 0815 'Early Bird' service to Blaenau Ffestiniog earlier in the day. A WHR service train has just arrived in the WHR platform. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Boston Lodge 3/5/15

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Easter on the WHR YouTube 2/5/15

Click on the YouTube box above to watch 23 min 20 seconds of video of the WHR at Easter published 2/5/15 featuring some WHR footage. This video is copyright Penny Steam  (K F Baker) and is best watched in 1080p high definition mode.

 

Russell 2/5/15

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

 

Gala 2/5/15

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

 

This southerly view (2/5/15) shows Merddin Emrys on a short prototypical WHR rake running to Rhyd Ddu on a wet afternoon just north of Pont Croesor. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (2/5/15) shows Merddin Emrys on a short prototypical WHR rake running to Rhyd Ddu on a wet afternoon just Ynysfor Level Crossing. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

David Lloyd George special 1/5/15

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHHR mini-event 2/5/15

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

This easterly aerial view (30/4/15) shows David Lloyd George on test at Porthmadog with No.87 on the 1015 to Caernarfon. The double Fairlie will make a run to Beddgelert on test on 1/5/15. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly aerial view (30/4/15) shows David Lloyd George on test at Porthmadog. The double Fairlie will make a run to Beddgelert on test on 1/5/15 before potential use on a service to Rhyd Ddu on Saturday afternoon. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly aerial view (30/4/15) shows David Lloyd George on test at Porthmadog. Merddin Emrys is on an FR service train and Vale of Ffestiniog shunting stock in the stabling sidings. Click on the image to enlarge. This image is copyright F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

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

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2015

Volunteers are right at the forefront of keeping the permanent way, in particular, and the infrastructure, in general, fit for trains to run. We have a mix of weekend and weekday working parties. The Black Hand, Tuesday and Rest of the World Gangs will be very glad to accept an extra a hand. Contact the relevant organiser to let him know when you plan to join us. Please do not just turn up as that makes it difficult for us to plan ahead.

The programme for the remainder of 2015 is as follows:

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

^ Bank Holiday

LW-Long weekend Friday-Monday

WW-Working week Saturday-Friday

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

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

Contacts

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

Tuesday Gang:

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

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

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

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

 

Gradient graph

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

 

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

 

Events 2015

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

 

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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

 

V4.3048 updated 29/5/15