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The Welsh Highland Railway Society

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From Charles McKenzie:


Russell - Copyright Jonathan Clay

The Society has been given two of the limited issue of these superb signed prints shown in this post. The picture was painted by Jonathan Clay to commemorate Russell’s return to steam in August 2014, restored to look as far as possible as it did when built in 1906.
We are keeping one print for display in the hostel when built. The other we have had framed & are offering  for sale in an auction to be held at this year’s AGM on 13/9/14 at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon.

The monies raised will be given to the Baldwin appeal fund set up to restore Baldwin 794 as a replica of Baldwin 590 which ran on the Welsh Highland Railway.

This is a great opportunity to acquire a lifetime memento of two of the original iconic Welsh Highland locomotives & help the restoration of the 590 replica to run alongside Russell.

You can still bid even if you cannot attend the Society’s AGM by emailing me by 12/9/14 as below giving your name, address & bid (minimum £25 please):
Alternatively by post, to arrive by 12/9/14 to:
Charles McKenzie, Gelli’r Ynn, Nantmor, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4YG.

Society AGM 2011

The Society AGM will take place on Saturday 10th September 2011 at 1915 hours at Y Galeri, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon LL55 1SQ. The agenda has already been circualted with the latest issue of The Snowdon Ranger.

The following notice has been issued by the Company Secretary Alastair Wilkinson:

Proxy forms have been posted out to all members. We have been experiencing postal delays of late so if anyone wishes to receive a proxy form by e-mail please send your request to the following e-mail:


Proxy forms may be returned by e-mail to this address provided they are signed.

Alastair Wilkinson

Notice to Members from Rob Merrick:  ‘Snowdon Ranger TSR73 – Delay in Receipt’
  ‘Under new Royal Mail arrangements, bulk mail now goes from Caernarfon to Warrington for sorting and ongoing despatch.  Unfortunately, on this occasion, a large sack (covering TSRs for North Wales, Scotland and the North of England – though seemingly also The Midlands) finished up at Stoke-on-Trent, and evidently languished there.  Our printers, acting as our agents, chased Royal Mail, who discovered the Stoke bag last Friday.  Hopefully the magazine will finally be delivered by the end of this week.’

A notice to Members regarding the Superpower and AGM weekend.

In just under three months time it will be Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri / Welsh Highland Railway Society's AGM weekend, 9 - 11 September. As is by now usual we the Society's board are in collaboration with the Ffestiniog Railway Company arranging some different entertainment for that weekend under the Superpower banner. All details have yet to be confirmed but the activities will be spread out between Dinas and Beddgelert.

The events commence on Friday, 9th September with a series of more and different trains. The main attraction on Saturday, 10th September will be a series of performance trails on the line between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu involving a number of different steam locomotives under the title of 'King of the Hill'. Sunday, 11th September will see such attractions as double heading by Garratts. Trains will also running through from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and vice-versa throughout the weekend.

Now it does not take a lot of imagination to work out that the above programme is going to be fairly intense and spread out along the whole railway, which will involve the need for a lot of staff doing a whole variety of jobs. By staff I include volunteers, so this is my plea to you; if you can come and help of the weekend please let me know. We will also need volunteers to set up marquees, etc at Dinas and Beddgelert on Thursday, 8th September and of course to take them down on Monday, 12th September.

There will be travel passes for those who volunteer as the Society members' free travel will be suspended over this weekend and privilege rates will apply. So put it in your diary now and contact me, please.

Thank you.
Dafydd Thomas

Cwrw ar y Cledrau/RailAle 2011

Mewn cydweithrediad a Chwmni Rheilffordd Eryri a Ffestiniog.
In association with the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Company.

Dafydd Thomas reports:

"The Real Ale Festival was once again an exceptional success, numbers attending were up, which surprised us on Saturday evening which was very wet and windy. Friday evening was very busy with the Goods Shed and adjoining marquee almost full to capacity, as well as a large number outside enjoying a pleasant evening.
All the cider and perry on offer had gone by the end of the evening. Saturday's weather confined almost everyone indoors but despite the weather a good time was had by all, being entertained in the afternoon by 'The Rough Shunters' & 'Gadjo Gypsy Jazz'; the evening entertainment was the ever popular 'Y Moniars'.
By the end of Saturday night the number of upturned (empty) barrels had grown substantially leaving not much choice for those coming on Sunday. Sunday turned out to be quiet despite the far better weather. Over the weekend the trains, especially the shuttles between Caernarfon, Dinas and Waunfawr, were well patronised."

Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri
Welsh Highland Railway Society

Mewn cydweithrediad a Cwmni Rheilffordd Eryri a Ffestiniog.
In association with the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Company.

Noddwyr 2011 Sponsors.

Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri.

Brunswick Ironworks, Caernarfon.

Travis Perkins, Caernarfon.

Ivan’s Taxi, Penygroes.

Designer Signs, Penygroes.

Axis Engineering, Penygroes.

J & M Transport, Llanwnda.

Byw Bywyd, Dinas.

Gelli Engineering, Porthmadog.

Purple Moose Brewery, Porthmadog.

Ystwyth Ales, Aberystwyth.

Monty’s Brewery, Montgomery.

Evan Evans Brewery, Llandeilo.

Gwasg Dwyfor, Penygroes.

Parciau Farm, Llanfairisgaer.

Dwyfor Tea & Coffee, Nefyn.

Newborough Arms, Bontnewydd.

Ty’n Llan, Llandwrog.

Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert.

RJS Scaffolding, Penygroes.

Blackboy Inn, Caernarfon.

Gypsy Wood Park, Bontnewydd.

J A Smallshaw, Shrewsbury.

Moduron H G Jones Motors, Penygroes.

Blas Mȏn, Rhosgoch.

G E Tools, Y Rhyl.

Micrographics, Llandudno Junction.

The Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert joins Rail Ale

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Goat Hotel at Beddgelert is the latest new venue for Cwrw ar y Cledrau / Railale. They are also sponsoring the festival. It is possible to visit the Royal Goat Hotel by train during the festival as well as the other venues although it must be emphasised that the Ty'n Llan, Llandwrog is about 2.5 miles distance from Dinas, the nearest station.

North Wales Automobile Club Visit Sunday 8th May 2011

The Welsh Highland Railway is delighted to be hosting a visit of a wide variety of cars from the North Wales Automobile Club.

It is confirmed that a total of 78 cars will be visiting the railway on May 8th. Ten will be placed at Pont Croesor station with the other 68 at Dinas station.

The will be an  entry fee of £3.00 for Adults and £1 for children at Dinas Station for those not arriving by train. Light refreshments will be available on site.

There will be a small refreshment stand in the waiting room at Dinas.

The cars will be on display between 1000 and 1600.

Cwrw ar y Cledrau / RailAle 2011

The Society’s Real Ale Festival – Cwrw ar y Cledrau / Railale will this year take place over the weekend 20th to 22nd May.

This year’s Festival, which will be the seventh of this now highly successful happening in the Railway’s calendar of events, will comprise the usual eclectic mix of a fine selection of real ales and ciders, combined with a variety of music, fine food and of course steam hauled trains.

As has been our usual practice now we will be once again increasing the selection of beers available; last year there were a staggering 55 to choose from at the festival’s main site at Dinas. (see below for this year's provisional list) As well as a wide range of new beers to choose from there will of course be the old favourites such as ‘Dark Ruby’ and a fine selection from Porthmadog’s Purple Moose brewery, which will be brewing the ‘Festival Ale’. There will of course be a further choice of beers at the other venues that participate in the festival, the principal ones confirmed so far are:
  • The ‘Snowdonia Parc Brewpub’ at Waunfawr; the pub with its own acclaimed microbrewery alongside the railway’s station at Waunfawr, where there is also a fine selection of food available. The pub also has its own caravan and campsite alongside the railway.
  • The ‘Black Boy Inn’, Caernarfon will have a choice of beers on offer as well as providing a tempting menu of locally sourced food and also accommodation.
  • The Newborough Arms, Bontnewydd.  This new venue joins the list of those participating in this year's Festival. The Newborough Arms will be offering a small selection of Real Ales and also serves lunchtime and evening meals. This venue is accessible from the railway's Bontnewydd Halt, which is a short walk from the centre of the village.

  • Ty'n Llan,  Landwrog

The entertainment so far confirmed is:
  • Friday afternoon - Neil Wilde - see his website - www.neilwilde.com

  • Friday evening ‘Gwibdaith Hen Frān’ a popular local band of young musicians.
  • Saturday afternoon - back by popular demand: 'The Rough Shunters'.  Also the Welsh harpist Siān Jones. 

  • Saturday evening the usual stalwarts ‘Y Moniars’ who will play their usual mix of rock and pop.

  • Sunday afternoon – some local folk musicians come together for a jam session. 
This is a provisional list of the ales which will be available at Dinas this year, with links to the breweries:

Black Country Pig On The Wall

Kingstone Humpty's Fuddle

Wye Valley Butty Bach, Dorothy Goodbody.

Bull Mastiff Brindle

Beartown Brewery Bear Ass, Kodiak Gold.  

Brecon Brewery Cribyn, Ramblers Ruin.

Woods Brewery Wheatear  

Blue Monkey BG Sips

Purple Moose Cwrw Eryri, Cwrw Glaslyn, Cwrw Madog, Ochr Tywyll y Miws.

Bryncelin Brewery Oh Boy

Rowton Brewery Meteorite  

Llangollen Brewery Llangollen Bitter

Mayfields Brewery Pioneer Bee  

Dark Star Brewery Hophead

Montys Midnight, Sunshine, Mojo, Mischief. 

Corvedale Dark & Delicious  

Evan Evans May Special, Archers Golden.

Saltaire Brewery Elderflower   

Enville Enville Ale, Chainmakers Mild.

Bragdy Nant Brewery Chwaden Aur, Mwnci Nel, Chwerw Haf.        

Elland Brewery Bargee, Eden Ale.  

Phoenix Brewery Arizona

Otley Dark O, O1.    

Great Orme Great Welsh,Welsh Black, Celtica.

Salopian Oracle      

Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild, Pale Amber.        

Heart of Wales Welsh Black  

Holdens Golden Glow

Swansea Deep Slade Dark    

Marble Brewery Lagonda IPA

Vale of Glamorgan Chocs Away, Wheat's Occurin?        

Jacobi Dark  

Fuzzy Duck Cunning Stunt

Windsor Castle JPA    

There will of course be the mix of special festival trains, including shuttles intermixed with the usual timetabled trains. The timetable will be confirmed and published shortly. This year for the first time there will be an opportunity for those from south of Beddgelert to travel on the train to participate in the festival.

Entry to the main festival site at Dinas will as usual be by means of purchasing a commemorative festival glass.

If you would like to help out over the festival weekend Tym Crowther, our Festival Volunteer Co-ordinator is now taking names, you can contact Tym via e-mail on - andy@tymcrowther.eclipse.co.uk There are as usual a whole variety of jobs that need to be done, so come and support your railway, all surpluses are put to use improving the railway.

August 2010.  Members survey

Please note this message from Steve Harris who manages the Society's database:


The Society would like to check the information that it holds about you, so I have initiated a questionnaire or survey of the membership.

I would like you to complete one of the two following operations :

1.By far the easiest for you and me is to complete the online form:
Junior, Adult, Life and Associate Life members should go to www.whrsoc.org.uk/Members.html

Family members should go to www.whrsoc.org.uk/Family.html


2.Complete the printed Questionnaire on the back of the address insert in the current Snowdon Ranger  and post it to me at 51 Berry Lane, Wootton, Northampton, NN4 6JU. You’ll need to provide your own stamp.

Please, please, I want EVERY MEMBER, including Directors and Life members, to complete one of the two methods above. I will use your replies to check the accuracy of the data in our database. All data is held in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998 & 2003). We will NEVER give your personal information to ANY other organisation or company.

It would be really helpful to get a response from ALL of you. It really shouldn’t take very much of your time and the benefits for the Society of having full and accurate details of our members is potentially large. Thank you in advance…..

Steve Harris


March 2010 saw the launch of the new website for Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri, the supporting society for the Welsh Highland Railway.

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