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24th December 2015

TĪM S (Team S) Newsletter

Management of structures

TĪM S (Team S) is a group of professionally qualifed engineers who advise the railway on management of its structures. Their latest newsletter covering inspections of the railway's bridges and stone structures can be downloaded here.

11th December 2014

Tryfan Junction Award

The station building at Tryfan Junction has been meticulously restored by the Welsh Highland Heritage Group and their work has recently been rewarded at the National Railway Heritage Awards ceremony in London with the announcement that they have won the Volunteers Award for 2014. When the railway first reopened, Tryfan Junction was just a ruin, but over several years the building has been progressively returned to its original state as it was in the days of the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway, a notable reminder of the railway's heritage and a landmark at the start of the Slate Trail which sets off from here up the line of the former Bryngwyn branch. Before and after views are shown below.

The Welsh Highland Railway Society contributed towards the cost of restoration. For the full press release see here.

Tryfan Junction July 1964 - Barry GrayTryfan Junction 2014 - Pic F&WHR

Roy Woods

We are sorry to report that Roy Woods died in hospital on Sunday 27th October 2013, aged 60 years.

After Roy took early retirement, he moved to North Wales, joined the FR and for some time worked in FfR Travel. He helped to edit and produce the excellent FfR and WHR guidebooks and various other publications.

For many years he has been Editor of The Snowdon Ranger, and at the Society's AGM in September 2013, he was presented with the Token of Appreciation in recognition of his work for the Society.

The funeral service will be held in St John’s Church, Porthmadog (the large Victorian Church up a steep hill just of the start of the Penamser Road, the road at the end of the High Street that goes to Cricieth) at 1300 on Friday 1st November, followed by a gathering Spooner’s at 1415 hrs where refreshments will be available. 
Cremation will follow at Bangor Crematorium sometime next week; this will be for family members only.

A collection of messages received by the Society following his death has been posted here

John Keylock

24th September 2013

John Keylock

'We are sad to report that on Saturday, 21st September at 22:00 John Keylock died. He was one of the main driving forces behind the Welsh Highland Heritage Group and played a pivotal role in the restoration of Tryfan Junction station building. John was an unique character who was well liked by all who met him; he will be greatly missed.'


The funeral was on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 13:00 in the village church at Childswickham, Broadway where over 200 perople were in attendance

23rd June 2012

Clearance Train

From Wednesday 6th June there will be a Clearance Train each Wednesday until 29th August. The material to be cleared may not always be cut timber and other vegetation; it may involve actually cutting the vegetation; litter and other rubbish collection; drain clearance and any other small jobs.The train will depart Dinas promptly at 16.30 (note the revised time) to permit crossing with the service train at Waunfawr during the high summer service. Those who wish to participate please inform Dafydd Thomas or Paul Bradshaw or even better both; contact details are on the Tracklaying Groups' Contact page.

16th April 2012

South African Brake Van

The former South African brakevan, which did sterling service during the construction of Phase 4 of the railway is now in desperate need of some attention.
The main jobs are the fabrication and fitting of a new roof (the current one leaks badly and is beyond repair); some maintenance work on the doors and a complete repaint.

There is now an opportunity to do this work undercover in the Carriage Shed at Dinas over the spring/summer whilst one carriage set is based at Porthmadog.
A team leader is needed to take on this task as well as a small dedicated team to get the job done by the end of September.
If you would like to undertake this job or be part of the team please contact me.

Dafydd Thomas - e-mail: dafydd.thomas@festrail.co.uk or telephone 01248 681019.

16th April 2012

Cwrw ar y Cledrau / RailAle 2012.

18 – 20 May 2012

This will be the 8th Real Ale Festival held on the railway.

The main site will be at Dinas station where there will be a bar serving 60 real ales, including real lager as well as an expanded selection of ciders.

The festival bar in Dinas Goods Shed will be open as follows:

Friday, 18th May – 11:00 to 11:30
Saturday, 19th May – 11:00 to 11:30
Sunday, 20th May – 11:00 to 16:00

Beers and ciders - It has been announced that there will be over 60 beers, 10 ciders and 4 perries available at this year's festival. Details of which beers exactly will be available at the beginning of May.

Hot food catering will be available at Dinas.

There will be a special timetable for the festival weekend which will include additional trains and shuttle service between Caernarfon and Waunfawr.

Other Festival Venues:

The Black Boy Inn, Northgate Street, Caernarfon.
A ½ mile walk from Caernarfon station.
Selection of real ales; accommodation available, bar meals and full dinning facilities.

Snowdonia Parc Brewpub, Waunfawr.
Situated next to Waunfawr station.
A wide selection of real ales, many brewed on the premises.
Food available throughout the day; camping and caravan facilities.

Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert.
300yds from Beddgelert station.
Real ales; accommodation available, bar meals and full dinning facilities.


Adloniant Gŵyl 2012/2012 Festival Entertainment.

At the festival’s main site at Dinas station/Ar faes yr ŵyl yng Ngorsaf Dinas:

Gwener, 18 Mai / Friday, 18 May.

13:00 – 15:30 - Derek Harrison (piano) accompanied by Ed Lloyd Hughes(bass).

16:00 – 18:30 – Manhattan Jazz

20:00 – 23:30 – The Wee Bag Band

Sadwrn, 19 Mai / Saturday, 19 May.

14:00 – 17:30 – The Rough Shunters and Siān Jones – harpist.

17:45 to 19:15 - Dion Jones a'i Fand

20:00 – 23:00 – Y Moniars

Sul, 20 Mai / Sunday, 20 May.

12:30 – 16:00 - Local folk musicians jam session.

11:00 – 16:00 – A display of mini automobiles by the North Wales Mini Club in the car park.

Sponsors/Noddwyr  2012

Humphreys Plant Hire, Rhosgadfan.
Ivan’s Taxi, Penygroes.
Moduron H G Jones Motors, Penygroes.
Peirianneg Sifil Gelli Civil Engineering, Llanfrothen.
O G Owen & Son, Caernarfon.
Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert.
Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon.
Dafydd Davies & Sons, Builder. Dolydd.
Designer Signs, Penygroes.
Blas Mōn, Rhosgoch.
Gypsy Wood Park, Bontnewydd.
Eurocell, Bangor.
J A Smallshaw, Shrewsbury.
Axis Precision Ltd, Penygroes.
Brunswick Ironworks, Caernarfon.
Jones Brothers, Rhuthun.
Dwyfor Coffee, Nefyn.
J & M Evans, Dinas.
Cawley Brothers, Llanrwst.
Gwasg Dwyfor, Penygroes.
Travis Perkins, Caernarfon.
Purple Moose Brewery, Porthmadog.
Cwrw Llŷn, Nefyn.
Snowdonia Press, Porthmadog.
R J & S Scaffolding, Penygroes.
I Evans, Fferm Parciau.
Arwel Jones Joinery, Caernarfon.
Monty's Brewery, Trefaldwyn.
Cliff Garnett, Dinas

16th March 2012

K1 Group Volunteers

The K1 group are in need of a few more, especially new, volunteers in order to complete their winter maintenance program to have the loco servicable again for the summer. If you can spare some time over the weekend of April 21st/22nd, or any future working parties, please get in touch with John Startin.

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