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This northerly view (19/9/17) shows No.87 being dragged from Boston Lodge to Dinas following failure on 16/9/17 with a frame problem. Vale of Ffestiniog provides the traction at 1040 approaching Summit Cutting at Pont Cae'r Gors. The weather had improved from that of the dismal SuperPower weekend. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Canon EOS1300D digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

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

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

 

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

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

Route section pages

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

 

Phase 4 pages

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

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

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

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

Beddgelert Station Area (updated 30/6/07)

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

Aberglaslyn Pass (updated 2/7/07)

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

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

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

Porthmadog Cross Town Link (updated1/4/07)

 

Other pages

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

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

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

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

Archived News Page (updated 1/4/18)

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

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

 

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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

 

Caernarfon station progress 18-21/5/18

This northerly view (18/5/18) shows work well underway to clad the front of the building in 'dragon scales'. Work is also still underway on the roof so the safety barrier is still in place there. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (18/5/18) shows work well underway to clad the front of the building in 'dragon scales'. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (21/5/18) shows the glass front is now starting to appear. Work is still underway on the roof. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Final Draft stage for TRAWS project

The TRAWS Feasibility Study to link Aberystwyth with Carmarthen is nearing completion and said to be in final draft phase, although running 3 months late. One aspect of the study is to look at alternative routes to avoid the clash with the curvaceous Gwili Railway, a steam operation that operates from a point just north of Carmarthen and occupies the trackbed as far as Llanpumsaint. One option that might be considered is to build a new route from Lampeter to Llandeilo (the route of the proposed Swansea and Aberystwyth Junction Railway of the 1860s) and provide a new curve west of Loughor giving direct access to Swansea rather than reverse at Llanelli. This would also benefit the Central Wales Line.

 

WAG plays down expectations of WalesRail franchise

The Welsh Assembly First Minister, Carwyn Jones, warned passengers that substantial changes including new carriages and electric services are “not going to happen overnight” when the new 15 year 'not for profit' Franchise is let later in May. While new loco hauled services will soon be launched on TransPennine from Liverpool/Manchester-Newcastle there is no sign that penetrating services into England from Wales or vice versa will be improved to this extent despite the rolling stock currently being in construction and available at discount as a follow-on order. See Nation Cymru website.

 

BF&TR latest

The new management of the Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd Society is hoping to have its AGM at the end of June when a new committee can hopefully be elected and take the project forward. Some areas cleared last year and now grassing over again.

 

Lyn for SuperPower

Planned for last year but delayed by the late completion of the loco, the L&BR's Lyn is coming to SuperPower for the weekend only. The loco recently receiving attention to its wheel profile at the L&BR. See Lyn update. The L&BR website confirms Lyn is now hauling all trains. In return Lyd is going to the L&BR 29-30/9/18 and will appear alongside Lyn. The L&BR has promised Lyn will come to the WHR for a longer stay on future occasions.

Another 'mystery guest' is also promised and many enthusiasts are hoping this will be Russell. It has been 18 years since the loco appeared at SuperPower 2000 when the line was only open to Waunfawr. Russell has not hauled a train through the Aberglaslyn Pass since closure in 1937!

On the downside, the special train planned for Society members who have been in the society for 25 years has been cancelled.

The society AGM will be on 15/9/18 in Y Galeri Caernarfon. Hopefully extended talks about other railways projects will be kept until the end of the AGM unlike recent years when they have rather taken over the AGM.

 

Rail-Ale latest

Rail-Ale takes place from 18-20/5/18 and is focussed on the Caernarfon-Waunfawr section again with frequent shuttles. There are 99 beers, 43 ciders and 6 perries, many brewed in Wales! See updated Rail Ale website.

 

This leaflet view (12/5/18) shows the advert for Rail Ale. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

New Historic WHR video published 16/5/18

A short 3 minute video taken in 1936 has been published by the WHHG costing £5. See WHHG page.

 

Waunfawr station plans

Following a major private donation the Waunfawr station building will be completed in Spring 2019 but a start will be made by September so will be visible for SuperPower. An attempt has been made to recreate the large irregular stone pattern of the original but wit6h the end wall having more entrances the original appearance with large random stonework will not be possible. Many of the larger stones were deemed unusable even though being individually numbered by the WHHG. They were incorporated in the retaining wall for the Snowdonia Parc pub's beer garden. Some of the smaller stones are available under the Waunfawr footbridge on pallets and at Dinas South Yard. See WHHG website for previous views and history.

A concrete foundation pad and service ducts were provided in the original construction of the station in 2000.  the original station building was very similar to the Dinas station building with stone facings, yellow brick detail around windows and doors and a hipped slate roof. the new building will incorporate a waiting room, operations room, toilet and accessible toilet. The plans shown below have been prepared by Robert Chambers, a conservation architect.

 

These plan views (12/5/18) show the currently envisaged layout of the new station building at Waunfawr. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Signalling news

With the Pont Croesor-Beddgelert signalling completed attention moves on to the Rhyd Ddu area this summer, presumably to fit the Beddgelert-Rhyd Ddu section with interlocked starter signals.

 

No.130 update 5-18/5/18

By 5/5/18 the boiler has now been turned, ready to accept the new firebox. It will soon be gently lowered in and the job of securing it to the outer boiler begins.

By 7/5/18 the boiler expansion brackets have now been riveted in place on both sides of the outer wrapper plates.

By 17/5/18 construction of Vesconite bearing surfaces and bushes was underway for many of the bearings. It is easy to machine and is self lubricating and holds excellent thermal tolerances.

By 18/5/18 all the side rods and connecting rods were fitted with Vesconite. The WHR have successfully used this material on various bushes in the past but No.130 will have the majority of its bushes made in Vesconite which will be a first for an NG16.

 

Caernarfon Food Festival Special 12/5/18

This northerly view (12/5/18) shows Merddin Emrys stabled at Dinas after hauling the Caernarfon Food Festival Special from Porthmadog. The train was due to return to Caernarfon later to haul the 1730 return to Porthmadog after the normal service train had returned ECS from Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Dinas report 12/5/18

This view (12/5/18) shows long sidelined Castell Caernarfon being repaired at Dinas after return of its refurbished gearbox last September. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (12/5/18) shows Castell Caernarfon under repair at Dinas. The operating department will welcome the return of a heavy haul rescue loco at the north end of the line rather than having to rely on the FR Funkey stabled at Boston Lodge up to 25 miles away). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (12/5/18) shows WHR PW Mess coach No.1001 under repair at Dinas. The return to traffic of this coach will be welcomed by volunteers who often have to work out in inclement weather without a support train. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Moving Pictures No.18 11/5/18

Click on the YouTube link to watch 20 mins 30 seconds of video covering events on the F&WHR including the new Caernarfon station building. This YouTube was published on 11/5/18. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional betamax camcorder and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser or View on YouTube.
 

 

Rail Ale 18-20/5/18

The F&WHR is still waiting for the list of real ales, ciders etc, but there is still a good choice of catering vendors on site at Dinas during 'Rail-Ale' 2018. Express Indian Cuisine, Blas Môn Mobile Caterers and Jones' Pizza Co will be 'open for business' on Friday and Saturday - while 'A Lot of Waffle' will be there all three days. For more information see Rail Ale website where timetables are available.

There will be diesel hauled shuttle between Caernarfon and Waunfawr all day with steam hauled shuttle on Friday and Saturday evenings until the last 23:45 from the Waunfawr!

A bookable night bus is also available back to Porthmadog at 22:30 from Dinas.

 

Appeal for help with 'Hunslet 125'

As 'Hunslet 125' is rapidly approaching, plans have been put in place to prepare Minffordd Yard for the event. With support from paid staff the Waggon Tracks Team are leading a volunteer effort to get things ready. Good work has already been done thanks to Megabash volunteers and a team from Bombardier, but there is still much to do and help make this an event to remember.

There are jobs for all abilities, if you could spare some time on any of the following dates to help please get in touch, details below.

26-28/5/18 - Waggon Tracks Working Party & Yard Tidy-up

2-3/6/18 - Yard Tidying for Hunslet125

18-21/6/18 - Hunslet 125 Prep & Yard Tidy Completion

25/6/18 - Post Hunslet125 Tidy-up

Hunslet 125 Stewarding : 22-24/6/18

The F&WHR also would appreciate the assistance of volunteer stewards over the event to help in Minffordd Yard. Even half a day will be greatly appreciated (08:30-13:30 or 13:00-17:30). The benefit is the satisfaction of helping your favourite railway and free entry to a major centre of activity for the event.

Contact Will High or Paul Wood. In your email please mention whether you are a current active volunteer. Many thanks in advance.

 

East Anglian Group meeting 17/5/18

David Gander reports: Our final meeting before our summer break takes place this coming Thursday 17/5/18 when we welcome Gordon Rushton. Gordon will be talking to us about his time as General Manager of the Festiniog Railway – as recounted in his recent book ‘I Tried to Run a Little Railway’. Copies of Gordon’s book will be on sale at the meeting.

We will then meet again in October 2018.

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

There is a charge of £2 per meeting for Group members, £3 for non-members.

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

You are most welcome to join us. We meet on the third Thursday of the month (excepting December when it’s the second Thursday), with meetings held until May – with a break in January.

 

Station View Volunteer Accommodation 13/5/18

Station View next to Dinas station is now available for volunteers from 1/5/18 with discounts for WHRS members. See WHRS webpage.

 

This view (13/5/18) shows the living room at Station View Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (13/5/18) shows the kitchen/dinner at Station View Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (13/5/18) shows the bathroom at Station View Dinas. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (13/5/18) shows a single room at Station View Dinas. Volunteers needs to bring the own bedding, pillows, towels etc. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Tom Waldren and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

FR Observation car No.152 enters service 4/5/18

The new £18,000 luxury FR Observation Car No.152 entered service on 5/5/18. Its end window is curved in a vertical plane only after problems with cracks in the WHR's Glaslyn observation window which is curved in 2 planes. Enthusiasts hope the brand new vehicle might be used on The Snowdonian Limited on 9/6/18 and appear on the WHR from time to time.

In hand with Helfa Gelf, the North Wales Open Studio event, the railway has instigated a Poster Competition for the Welsh Highland Railway to celebrate the entry into service of No.152. The winning entries will be displayed at Caernarfon Station when it opens later this year.

 

This view (4/5/18) shows new FR Observation Car No.152 standing in the WHR platform in Harbour Station, waiting for the train from Blaenau Ffestiniog to arrive. It was to be coupled onto the rear of the carriage set, ready for its debut in public service the following morning. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Hunslet Gala update

There will be 15 guest locos at the Hunslet Gala event on 22-24/6/18, in addition to the 5 F&WHR based Hunslets. All but one loco will be in steam. while most events take place on the FR, on Saturday 23/6/18 there will be a special guest run to Beddgelert. On Sunday 23/6/18 there will be shuttle trains to Beddgelert and on Monday 24/6/18 the ex-W.D. 4-6-0 1215 will run to Caernarfon.

See F&WHR website for full details.

 

Caernarfon station progress 4/5/18

This easterly view (4/5/18) shows progress with fitting the decorative cladding to Caernarfon station frontage. The aluminium alloy panels resemble stainless steel and have been approved by Cadw, the Welsh Heritage agency. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (20/4/18) shows progress with the Exhibition Hall of Caernarfon station. The glass has been fitted to the windows. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (20/4/18) shows progress with the Exhibition Hall of Caernarfon station. The glass has been fitted to the windows marked with X to preventer the constructors workers forgetting! Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Beer Festival volunteer appeal

The Annual Beer Festival is on 18-20/5/18 and the F&WHR is looking for volunteers to help run it. As usual lots of volunteers are needed for various duties, bar work, setting up and taking down.

Please contact Tym Crowther with dates and times when you will be available. Help is also needed at Dinas to set up on Saturday the 12/5/18 and Sunday 13/5/18. There is also lots to do on Wednesday 16/5/18 and Thursday 17/5/18 if you are available. Finally it all has to be taken down again on the 21/5/18.

 

Lyn for SuperPower?

The possibility of the long-promised visit of replica Baldwin Lyn to this year's WHR SuperPower seems to have improved after confirmation the loco is fit to take part in the L&BR's 12-13/5/18 Gala. Recent revelations that the loco has not yet entered service on the L&BR due to problems with its 'Porta' wheel profiles, as reported by Heritage Railways magazine, seem to have a solution. Previously, alteration to the pointwork to a larger radius had proved necessary as the loco did not run through the points smoothly at temporary Killington Lane terminus.

Following of approval of Planning Permission on 6/3/18 the L&BR is seeking to raise £16.5 million to rebuild the 3.5 miles of Stage 1 to Blackmoor Gate in 3 years time and Wistlandpound Reservoir station a couple of years later. It is a condition of the Planning Permission that the full funding must be in place before the work starts. A shuttle bus link to Lynton will precede Phase 2, the extension to a new Lynton terminus at a new location. Finally Phase 3 will see the line extended to as near the Barnstaple terminus as possible with some hoping for a link into the Barnstaple BR station.

The F&WHR's L&BR replica Lyd is going to the L&BR's Autumn Gala on 29-30/9/18.

 

Bank Holiday Footplate duties

Lilla and Hugh Napier operated the Footplate Experience at Porthmadog Harbour station over the Sunday/Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend.

 

No.134 update 21-22/4/18

The April working party had some nice warm sunny weather on the Saturday which was far better than any of the previous working party weekends of the year so far. Volunteers are still concentrating on some of the smaller 'loose ends' jobs. They continued with the painting of the various axle box covers for the pony trucks as well as a number of the components for the Krauss Helmholtz pivot assembly that were primed last time. The team also dug out a number of the castings acquired from South Africa a few years ago, such as the brake ejector, to start loosening the various fittings to make it easier when the time came for their full overhaul.

On the Sunday, as well as another coat of undercoat on the various components mentioned above volunteers also straightened and salvaged what they could of the old oil pot covers for the pony truck axle boxes. All these were very battered and most were unserviceable with only three contenders worth considering. The team will probably be able to repair two of these and so will replace the other six.

Volunteers then concentrated their efforts on the castings for the cab and tender spectacle plates. One volunteer had recently returned from a spell in South Africa where he spent some time with friends at the Apple Express in Port Elizabeth working on NG15 No.124. Whilst there he gained some fresh understanding of the loco's spectacle plates to give him confidence to start work on the various brass castings he had made for our cab and tender windows. 

The team therefore set to and started to machine and polish the various components. This involved cleaning and initial polishing of the spectacle plate frame casting and turning the pivots down to size. Volunteers simply turned down until the various casting marks had been removed then went to the nearest mm below that. Holes were then drilled in the casting to take the pin as well as those need to mount the casting to the cab plates. The job was not quite finished so will continue in June's working party, which occurs on the Beer Festival weekend.

Slowly but surely it is all heading in the right direction so onto next month. See No.134 webpage for full details and images.

 

Rhyd Ddu snippets 26-27/4/18

John Sharp reports: On 26/4/18, the service locomotives on the afternoon trains were changed over at Rhyd Ddu to allow No.87 some time at Boston Lodge. No.138 took our train on to Caernarfon. No.87 had a difficult climb from Beddgelert, apparently due to a lack of steam, in turn caused by inexperienced firing, but we got there. On Friday, 27/4/18, we were just packing up to leave when the track machine passed by. It appeared to cover all of the track in the station before heading south.

 

This northerly view (27/4/18) shows No.87 shunting off the train at Rhyd Ddu after difficulties hauling the train up the 1 in 40 from Beddgelert. The loco subsequently hauled the southbound service to Porthmadog and is understood to have received attention at Boston Lodge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Sharp and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (28/4/18) shows the KMX tamper-liner working through all the tracks at Rhyd Ddu. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright John Sharp and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

KS4415 update 19/4/18

The KS4415 team have tested the vacuum pump made from a recycled motorbike engine. After some final tinkering with the pump, it was ready for a test to see if it works. To get ready for the test volunteers had to reassemble the engine and set the timing. They also made a cover for the magneto drive, because there is no magneto. A length of flexible vacuum hose was sourced, and a collection of pipe fittings was used to get it down to a size suitable for the inlet on the engine. To actually turn the engine over a drive bar was made and set between centres in a lathe. For the test, two vacuum braked brake vans were attached, and the pump was spun at various speeds up to 1000rpm, at which point 21 inches of vacuum was indicated on the gauge in Van No.6. See KS4415 Facebook page for images and video of the test.

 

Bontnewydd Bypass update 30/4/18

Richard Watson reports: BBC news is reporting yet more delays to the Caernarfon/Bontnewydd Bypass - and the locals are protesting (the bypass will have a bridge over the WHR just north of Bontnewydd Halt and will not link into the A4085 Beddgelert Road-Ed.)

 

Moelwyn news 28/4/18

Moelwyn, a loco that has reputedly been used on the historic WHR, hauled some Landmark Trust shuttles to Coed-y-bleiddiau, topped and tailed by Blanche, on the afternoon of 28/4/18 following the cottage's restoration and recent availability as a holiday cottage. See Landmark Trust website.

 

This easterly view (28/4/18) shows Moelwyn on one of the shuttles at Coed-y-bleiddiau. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Michael Davies and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

No.130 news 26-28/4/18

On 26/4/18 Images were published of the steel sheet profiles at Boston Lodge (that had been there a couple of weeks). These are awaiting welding before being taken to Dinas to fit to the loco.

By 28/4/18 three of the four crossheads were finished and ready to assemble to the power units. The fourth was being worked the previous week and the bronze slipper plate was about to be fitted. The slide bars are already fitted, so much of the motion is now complete, if not yet assembled.

See No.130 Facebook page for images.

 

SuperPower latest 26/4/18

SuperPower this year will celebrate 21 years since the rebirth of the WHR on 11/10/97. The three day event takes place 14-16/9/18. The will be an intensive service at the north end of the line, a model engineering exhibition at Dinas, Double Fairlies, Garratts and visiting locos. Many supporters hope that the WHHR's Russell and the new L&BR Baldwin loco Lyn will be invited.

 

New Porthmadog webcam in action 25/4/18

After concerns about the low resolution of the Porthmadog webcam a new one has been installed in a slightly different position giving views over the WHR platform and the FR platform and sidings. See F&WHR webcams.

 

Extra train for Caernarfon Food Festival 12/5/17

Now in its third year, the F&WHR is organising an extra service at 0930 from Porthmadog and 1730 return from Caernarfon to allow visitors to spend more time at the Caernarfon Food Festival on 12/5/17. See special Blue timetable.

 

Gelert returns to the WHHR 15/4/18

This Gelert's Farm view (15/4/18) shows the WHHR's Gelert on its return to the railway. The loco will be used alongside Russell over the Summer season. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Michael Chapman (WHHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

KS 4415 update 11/4/18

This week at Boston Lodge volunteers been finishing the mounting plate for the vacuum pump that was started a few weeks ago. This involved machining the T slots and checking the fit of the custom made bolts. The other job that has been tackled is making the brackets for holding the vacuum pump. These parts were laser cut and welded together to make a bracket for each side of the vacuum pump engine. Once the brackets were made and fitted we offered the whole arrangement up to the mounting plate. Lastly, we have reassembled the engine with its new valves and it is now ready for testing. See KS44015 Facebook page for images.

 

No.130 12-24/4/18

By 12/4/18 the boiler looked complete but STILL awaits the green light from British Engineering to approve the welding procedure.

By 22/4/18 all of the complicated components for the smokebox have been finished and looked good. The main steam pipe has been trial fitted and there is not that much to complete now bar the welding.

By 24/4/18 The new steam ball valve to fireman's side injector has been fitted and the handle made and assembled.

For full details and images see No.130 Facebook page.

 

BF&TR News 20/4/18

The BF&TR Society issued a press release on 20/4/18 concerning their attempts to restart the project following the collapse of the project late last year when NR withdrew the licence. A newsletter has appeared an AGM will be held soon. It seems the society aims to lead the project in future and the former company under Colin Dale who is ill, will be sidelined. See Newsletter which details the trials and tribulations of the project and the way forwards. A second newsletter in a few weeks time will call an AGM and elect a Committee to restart the project and negotiations with NR and other stakeholders.

 

Caernarfon Station progress 20/4/18

This northerly view (20/4/18) shows progress with a test facia panel on the frontage of Caernarfon station. The aluminium alloy panels resemble stainless steel and have been approved by Cadw, the Welsh Heritage agency. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (20/4/18) shows the view from the De Winton cafe on the first floor of the new Caernarfon station building. The large circular area out the station is the 'shared space' road/pedestrian area thought to be dangerous by many as it gives no clue as to right of way and leaves everyone guessing. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Stuart McNair (F&WHR) and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Earl fundraiser success 20/4/18

Some £3,200 was raised for Wales Air Ambulance from money collected in table envelopes on the day and the auction of the headboard for £1,800.

 

Castell Caernarfon repair started 20/4/18

Castell Caernarfon has been out of action for more than a year. The gearbox was returned over six months ago but it was not possible to start the repair due to pressure of work at Dinas. The WHR has been without a rescue loco for over a year and has relied upon the FR's Funkey. While new diesel No.9 has come on stream for PW work, the WHR is still in need of a heavy duty diesel at Dinas.

Martin Kressman advises: Castell Caernarfon has been taken into the works at Dinas for the repaired gearbox to be fitted. At the same time the locomotive is to be completely rewired.

 

The Snowdonian YouTube 19/4/18

Click on the YouTube link to watch 19 mins 54 seconds of video covering The Snowdonian on the FR and WHR including aerial views. This YouTube was published on 19/4/18. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional betamax camcorder and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser or View on YouTube.

 

Moving Pictures No.17 17/4/18

The latest Moving Pictures includes scenes of the last day of Earl of Merioneth and ex-WHR Construction Co. loco Dolgarrog shunting skips at Glan-y-pwll depot, though no coverage of the WHR.

 

Click on the YouTube link to watch 22 mins 3 seconds of video covering The Snowdonian on the FR and WHR including aerial views. This YouTube was published on 17/4/18. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional betamax camcorder and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser or View on YouTube.

 

The Snowdonian 14/4/18

Few images have come to hand of the Garratts in action on The Snowdonian. More would be welcome for publication.

 

This view (14/4/18) shows No.87 hauling The Snowdonian through the Aberglaslyn Pass. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (14/4/18) shows No.87 hauling The Snowdonian passing Caeau Gwynion approaching Castell Cidwm. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Boston Lodge views 14/4/18

This Boston Lodge view (14/4/18) shows the steelwork cut and shaped for the new cab for No.130. This will eventually be taken to Dinas for fitting to the loco. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This Boston Lodge view (14/4/18) shows FR coach No.120 nearing completion at Boston Lodge. It is hoped this coach will be in traffic this summer. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The Snowdonian 14/4/18

This northerly view (14/4/18) shows No.87 which should have double headed with No.138 to haul The Snowdonian. However after No.138 was failed with a broken spring No.87 hauled the rake alone on the northbound leg. Here The Snowdonian waits at Pont Croesor for the 1000 from Caernarfon to pass. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) shows No.143 on the 1000 from Caernarfon passing No.87 on The Snowdonian. The new starter signals for re-signalled Pont Croesor-Beddgelert section can be seen next to No.143. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) shows No.87 on The Snowdonian posing alongside Observation Car Glaslyn on the 1000 from Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Two Fairlies on service train 14/4/18

With The Snowdonian booked for two Garratts, the F&WHR rostered two Fairlies for the 1050 ex-Porthmadog and return.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys on the 1050 from Porthmadog passing Hafod-y-llyn loop. These locos were used as the Garratts were allocated to haul The Snowdonian. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys on the 1050 from Porthmadog in the Aberglaslyn Pass. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) shows Merddin Emrys double heading with David Lloyd George on the 1050 from Porthmadog passing through Goat Cutting as they approach Beddgelert about 1120. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) shows Merddin Emrys double heading with David Lloyd George on the 1050 from Porthmadog passing through Goat Cutting as they approach Beddgelert about 1120. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys on the 1050 from Porthmadog approaching the upper Cwmcloch level crossing. These locos were used as the Garratts were allocated to haul The Snowdonian. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys on the 1050 from Porthmadog approaching Cae'r Gors cutting. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys about to depart on the 1420 from Caernarfon. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys departing Caernarfon on the 1420to Porthmadog. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys approaching Nantmor Halt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This westerly view (14/4/18) shows David Lloyd George double heading with Merddin Emrys on the 1420 from Caernarfon crossing Britannia Bridge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Snowdonian failure 14/4/18

No.138 was failed with a broken spring leading to a single Garratt, No.87, hauling The Snowdonian. according to the F&WHR website Nos.87/143 were rostered for the special with No.138 on the service train but No.143 has taken over the service train. It was hoped that the spring could be quickly replaced and No.138 could catch up with the special during its layover at Snowdonia Parc for lunch. The 1050 service train from Porthmadog (and 1420 return) was hauled by double Fairlies David Lloyd George and Merddin Emrys. A total of 11 locos are due to be used over the four days 12-16/4/18. Images of the workings would be welcome for publication.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) from Segontium Terrace footbridge shows The Snowdonian arriving at Caernarfon behind No.87 on the front rather than the two Garratts originally rostered. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (14/4/18) from Segontium Terrace footbridge shows The Snowdonian arriving at Caernarfon with No.138 and the water tank wagon on the rear. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) from Segontium Terrace footbridge shows The Snowdonian running round at Caernarfon in the short headshunt. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (14/4/18) from Segontium Terrace footbridge shows The Snowdonian being fitted on the front of No.87 in the headshunt as it prepares to haul the train back to Porthmadog. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Dai Jones and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Graham Pattison adds: I suspect the (F&WHR roster) web site was somewhat out of date as the crew roster was for No.138 and No.87 to head The Snowdonian.

 

Caernarfon Station update 13/4/18

Work continues on cladding and roof though the glass front facia has yet to be started.

 

This northerly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station with cladding in progress as seen from the Segontium Terrace footbridge. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station with cladding in progress as seen from St. Helens Road. The glass facia does not seem to have started. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station with cladding in progress as seen from St. Helens Road. The glass facia does not seem to have started. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station with cladding in progress as seen from St. Helens Road. The glass facia does not seem to have started. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This easterly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station main entrance as seen from St. Helens Road. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station with cladding in progress as seen from St. Helens Road. The glass facia does not seem to have started though the cherry-picker is in place. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (13/4/18) shows Caernarfon station with cladding in progress as seen from the Segontium Terrace footbridge. Both north and south ends of the station building have wing wall extensions. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is copyright Mark Bishop and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

No.138 13/4/18

This northerly view (13/4/18) shows No.138 heading south over Pont Croesor with the water wagon on a very murky day. This loco and water wagon was diagrammed to feature on the WHR leg of The Snowdonian. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This southerly view (13/4/18) shows No.138 heading south over Pont Croesor with the water wagon DZT2003 on a very murky day. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This northerly view (8/4/18) shows No.143 heading south over Pont Croesor with a service train. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy Ben Bucki and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

Last trip for Earl of Merioneth 8/4/18

The headboard from the final trip of Earl of Merioneth on 8/4/18 is being auctioned off on eBay and the profits are being donated to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity. The train carried a paper destination sticker in carriages 'The Fairlie Terminal'. On Sunday evening a staff special was run before the loco was finally withdrawn at midnight.

 

This easterly view (8/4/18) shows Earl of Merioneth returning from Blaenau Ffestiniog on its final working. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (8/4/18) shows Earl of Merioneth's special 'Farewell' headboard. This loco's square appearance did not appeal to all but the loco had its own following. It will be replaced by new loco James Spooner with a more traditional Double Fairlie outline but dry stored against possible re-activation in the future. The headboard is being auctioned off on eBay. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

This view (8/4/18) shows Earl of Merioneth's bring disposed at the end of the day. The loco's smokebox is covered with chalked 'Farewell messages' in a similar fashion to those which were chalked on BR locos in the final days of steam. Click on the image to enlarge and click again to see full size (where available). This image is courtesy F&WHR and was taken on a digital camera. Image post processed and displayed at 96dpi.

 

The Snowdonian 14/4/18

This year's The Snowdonian special working features the usual 80 mile round trip of the F&WHR using FR stock and an optional visit to Boston Lodge at 1645 on Friday 13/4/18. Linda and Blanche will be used on the FR and double headed Garratts on the WHR. After a light breakfast on the train, lunch will be taken at Snowdonia Parc brewpub followed by afternoon tea on the train.

The use of two Garratts begs the question as to what will haul the 1000 from Caernarfon and the 1050 service trains from Porthmadog that day.

Fares are £180 Third Class and £400 First Class (very limited). See F&WHR booking page.

 

BF&TR latest

An announcement is due after 14/4/18 about the future of this project which is currently paused as NR withdrew the access licence after concerns about governance of the project.

 

Final weekend for Earl of Merioneth 7/4/18

This weekend is the final weekend for Earl of Merioneth in passenger service. The loco will be withdrawn after its final run on the 1335 from Porthmadog on Sunday 8/4/18.

 

Moving Pictures No.16 6/4/18

Click on the YouTube link to watch 20 mins 4 seconds of video covering the rebuilding of Caernarfon platforms, diesel No.9, Earl of Merioneth of the FR, first trains of the new season and aerial views. This YouTube was published on 6/4/18. This video was taken by John Wooden (F&WHR) on a professional betamax camcorder and is best watched in 1080p HD in Google Chrome browser or view on YouTube.

 

No.130 update 2-6/4/18

By 2/4/18 almost all of the crown stays and side stays have been made and delivered and are just waiting for the boiler to be welded up now.

By 6/4/18 No.130's second hand turbo generator has at last made it from South Africa to Avening and will next week make the final part of the journey to Dinas. It will not be functional (although it could be) as the loco will be using battery powered LED lights. The NGG 16's look more 'complete' with the turbo fitted.

For full details and images see No.130 Facebook page.

 

Welsh Pony update 1/4/18

Very little progress has been made on Welsh Pony since the last update on 15/11/17 due to the winter maintenance of the F&WHR's core loco fleet. It is hoped that work will resume soon. Welsh Pony will steam and the F&WHR intend to do the best possible job on it which unfortunately takes time.

 

Events 2018

1/1/18 Final day of Mince Pie Specials
10-18/2/18 Hugh Napier and Velinheli on display at Kings Cross
10-25/2/18 Purple timetable Porthmadog-Beddgelert MFX
3-15/3/18 Orange timetable Porthmadog to Hafod-y-llyn MTFX
14/4/18 The Snowdonian
12/5/18 Caernarfon Food Festival (Extra services)
18-20/5/18 Rail-Ale 14th Annual Beer Festival based at Dinas
9/6/18 The Snowdonian Limited- a limited stop re-run of The Snowdonian
22-25/6/18 Hunslet 125 Gala celebrating Blanche and Linda's 125th Birthday
9/7/18 Special timetable for Railtour
5-26/8/18 Sundays Journey to the Past special Dinas-Rhyd Ddu with Prince and two heritage coaches with an extended stop at Tryfan Junction for refreshments, including packed lunch
14-16/9/18 SuperPower (WHR AGM 15/9/17)
29-30/9/18 Lyd visit to L&BR Gala
5-7/10/18 FR Victorian Weekend (may include some WHR events)
31/10/18 WHR Halloween Train
8-9/12/18 WHR Santa Specials (routes to be confirmed)
15-16/12/18 WHR Santa Specials (routes to be confirmed)
22-23/12/18 WHR Santa Specials (routes to be confirmed)
27/12/18-1/1/19 WHR Mince Pie Specials (to be confirmed)

 

Mainline news

There will be a series of railtours both to and from North Wales in 2018 while de-fuelling and removing contaminated material from Wylfa Nuclear Power Station will continue for another year at least providing the only freight traffic on the route. 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. Railtours are diesel hauled unless otherwise specified. It is good to see a few railtours starting from Bangor but sad to see nothing on the Cambrian again!

14/4/18 'North Wales Coast Express' Crewe to Llandudno/Holyhead (steam throughout on main line) from Crewe Saphos Rail.

28/4/18 'The Ynys Mon Express' Leicester to Holyhead (steam) Tornado UKRT.

2/6/18 'North Wales Coast Express' Crewe to Llandudno/Holyhead (steam throughout on main line) Saphos Rail.

14/6/18 'Three Peaks' Private charter Crewe to Bangor

15/6/18 'Three Peaks' Private charter Bangor to Ravenglass and Fort William

12/7/18 'The Conwy Valley Explorer' Dumfries to Betws-y-coed (47/57 throughout) West Coast Rail.

19/7/18 'The Royal Windsor Express II' Bangor (and stations to Chester) to Windsor West Coast Rail.

22/7/18 'The North Wales Coast Express' Manchester Piccadilly-Llandudno/Holyhead steam throughout on main line) RTC.

24/7/18 'The Welsh Mountaineer' Preston to Blaenau Ffestiniog (steam) RTC.

4/8/18 'The William Shakespeare' Bangor (and stations to Crewe) to Stratford-on-Avon (steam throughout) Saphos Rail.

30/8/18 'The Conwy Valley Explorer II' Harrogate to Betws-y-coed (47/57 throughout) West Coast Rail.

17/10/18 'The Pendle Dalesman III' Bangor (and stations to Chester) to Carlisle (steam Hellifield-Carlisle) West Coast Rail.

19/10/18 'Tenth Anniversary Tour' Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog/Holyhead (Tornado) Private.

 

Trackwork Volunteering 2018

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

The programme for 2018 is as follows:

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

^ Bank Holiday weekend

WW-Working week Saturday-Thursday

! Dates for November and December 2018 are provisional pending preparation of the Winter Major Works Programme for 2018-19.

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.

 

Site development

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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

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Click here for FR Company websites

Click here for Welsh Highland Heritage Group

 

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