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Inside Motion is the internal newsletter of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and aims to keep our employees, volunteers and supporters up to date.

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December 4th 2012
Welsh Highland Railway linear gym
By Thursday, 27th December you will have had enough of the party hats, mince pies, recycled turkey and film repeats on the telly so why not come and have a work out on the railway.

Something a little different this year for the after christmas session, we are going to be cutting down trees and anything else that grows between the fence lines from Tryfan river bridge to Tryfan level crossing.

This will be a four day session from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th December.
We will have the use of the large chipper so that we will not have to carry much away from the site.

By the time we finish we hope to have clear views for the loco crews through the whole site as well as opening up better vistas for the paying customers as well as letting the wonderfully restored Tryfan Junction station building be seen in all its glory.

So if you're up for it, a day or all four let myself or Paul Bradshaw know either by e-mail:  /

or by telephone - Dafydd - 01248 681019  /  Paul - 01766 770034


November 21st 2012
Arthur Brooks
The funeral of Arthur Brooks will be held at Bangor Crematorium, LL57 4HP, at 1200 on Friday November 30th. Richard Buxton will be officiating. Family flowers only, please. Donations to the Alaw Unit where he died through funeral directors Pritchard & Griffiths 01766 512091. Reception follows in Spooner’s.


October 25th 2012
Winter Work Programme 2012/13


Date Group Comments
Oct 20-21 NG 15 Dinas
Oct 27-28 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Oct 27-28 LSM Weekend
Oct 27-28 D & M Group
Nov 17-18 NG 15 Dinas
Nov 03-04 S & T
Nov 10-11 WRG
Nov 15-20 Hansags (Thursday to Tuesday)
Nov 24-25 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Nov 24-25 D & M Group
Nov 24 - Dec 03 JASPER
Nov 26 - Dec 02 S & T Winter Working Week
Dec 15-16 NG 15 Dinas
Dec 18 - Jan 2nd Prince/ss Prince & Princess Rub down: Boston Lodge
Dec 29-31 Slate Wagon Boston Lodge
Dec 29-31 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Jan 01-06 D & M Group Working Week
Jan 05-06 JASPER
Jan 12-13 BHG
Jan 12-13 WRG
Jan 14-17 NR Apprentices
Jan 19-20 NG 15 Dinas
Jan 19-20 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Jan 19-25 ROWG Week
Jan 21-24 NR Apprentices
Jan 26-27 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Jan 26-27 BHG
Jan 26-27 Chimp/Ops
Jan 26-27 D & M Group
Jan 28-31 NR Apprentices
Feb 02-03 JASPER
Feb 04-07 NR Apprentices
Feb 09-10 Slate Wagon Boston Lodge
Feb 09-10 BHG
Feb 11-14 NR Apprentices
Feb 15-18 ROWG Long weekend
Feb 16-17 NG 15 Dinas
Feb 16-17 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Feb 23-24 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Feb 23-24 BHG
Feb 23-24 Chimp/Ops
Feb 23-24 D & M Group
Feb 25 - Mar 03 JASPER
Mar 09-10 BHG
Mar 09-10 WRG
Mar 16-17 NG 15 Dinas
Mar 16-17 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Mar 16-17 Megabash
Mar 16-22 ROWG Week
Mar 18-20 D & M Group
Mar 23-24 BHG
Mar 29 - Apr 1 Slate Wagon Boston Lodge
Mar 30-31 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Apr 6-7 BHG
Apr 12-15 ROWG Long weekend
Apr 13-14 NG 15 Dinas
Apr 20-21 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Apr 20-21 BHG
Apr 27-28 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
May 04-05 BHG
May 11-17 ROWG Week
May 18-19 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
May 18-19 BHG
May 25-27 Slate Wagon Boston Lodge
May 25-26 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Jun 01-02 BHG
Jun 07-10 ROWG Long weekend
Jun 15-16 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Jun 15-16 BHG
Jun 29-30 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Jun 29-30 BHG
Jul 13-14 BHG
Jul 20-21 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Jul 20-21 Slate Wagon Boston Lodge
Jul 20-26 ROWG Week
Jul 27-28 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Jul 27-28 BHG
Aug 10-11 BHG
Aug 16-19 ROWG Long weekend
Aug 17-18 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Aug 22-25 Slate Wagon Boston Lodge
Aug 24-25 BHG
Aug 31-Sep 1 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Sep 07-08 BHG
Sep 14-20 ROWG Week
Sep 21-22 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Sep 21-22 BHG
Sep 28-29 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Oct 5-6 BHG
Oct 11-14 ROWG Long weekend
Oct 18-19 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Oct 19-20 BHG
Oct 26-27 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Nov 02-03 BHG
Nov 09-15 ROWG Week
Nov 16-17 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Nov 16-17 BHG
Nov 30-Dec 1 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge
Nov 30-Dec 1 BHG
Dec 06-09 ROWG Long weekend
Dec 14-15 Carriage Works Boston Lodge
Dec 14-15 BHG
Dec 27-30 BHG
Dec 28-29 C2 Rebuilding of C2: Boston Lodge


Gang Job List
  Re tamp Ynysfor to Croesor Junction
  Re tamp Castell Cidwm to Glanrafon
  Aberglaslyn north align and tamp
  Croesor Junction curve retamp
  Survey Castell Cidwm
BHG Cidwm Drain
  Align and tamp Cae'r Gors to Hafod Ruffydd
  Align and tamp Hafod Ruffydd to Canal Curve
  Align and tamp tunnel 4
Tues Gang Service fishplates / 'T' Bolts
  Tamp & top Cyrnant
BHG LC cutoff drain @ Bron Fedw
  Pont Croesor level top to platform and to points
  Multiple gap closures on both rails
  LH rail - only 9mm gap IN TOTAL over this stretch
Tues Gang Coed Helen wall - point & rebuild as required
BHG Relay and align Meillionen through Coed Mawr Crossing
  Resurface Hendy Crossing
  Repack to level and resurface Pont Croesor Crossing
  Relay and align Cae'r Moel
  Realign 52.40 to Pont Dylif
  Align @ 13680
  Plas y Nant lift
BHG Castell Cidwm: refix track to concrete OB invert
BHG Tryfan Junction overbridge: Resleeper with steel
  Glanrafon Bridge: Construct access to bridge beam ends & bearing plates
  Glanrafon Bridge: Clean & service bridge beam ends & bearing plates
BHG Change Hafod y Llyn Point Caernarfon end
BHG Change Beddgelert Points Blaenau End
Tues Gang Provide ballasting back-up to tamping activities


October 17th 2012
Boston Lodge Works Dinner - Saturday November 24th

The 2012 Works dinner will be on Saturday 24th November in the Hercules Hall Portmeirion at 7pm. Open to all past and present footplate and shed staff of Boston Lodge and Dinas sheds.

Disco by Lewis Ash and Coach by Dave Davies.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a maximum of 100 people.

The cost for dinner and disco is £26.50 per person and £6.50 for each person using the coach.

Booking forms were sent out with Peter's missive of 06/09, should be available at Boston Lodge and downloaded from here

In Addition if there is sufficient demand from those people attending the dinner in the evening there will be a coach trip to either Betws-y-coed and or Llandudno for an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping as well as having a pleasant day out.

Details:  Leave Porthmadog Harbour Station  09.30, return 16.30

If you are interested please contact David Davies(our coach organiser) who will give you the necessary details about price etc.

Please e-mail David and let him know your preferred destination.


September 24th 2012
Penny Owen

The funeral arrangements for Penny Owen are Friday 28th September 2012 at 11.00 a.m. at Bangor Crematorium, followed by a Memorial Service at Capel Fron, Penrhyndeudraeth at 1.30pm.


August 13th 2012
Job Vacancies

We are seeking to fill two positions at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in North Wales.

Both roles offer an opportunity for a lifestyle change as the positions are based in Snowdonia and offer high levels of job satisfaction and wide ranging responsibilities.

Infrastructure Manager:
We are looking for a talented manager with a strong track record in railway management and the ability to recruit and motivate volunteers. The Infrastructure Manager will report to the General Manager and be responsible for all infrastructure management. This position offers a good opportunity for career development and heads a small staff of paid employees. Supported by a large team of volunteers, the Infrastructure Manager is to develop all aspects of volunteer input alongside day to day responsibilities of delivering a safe railway. We expect candidates to hold degree level qualifications.

IT and Telecommunications Manager/Technician:
We are looking for a bright, hands-on IT Manager/Technician with a robust track record in IT and network management. This Manager will be responsible for the delivery of a reliable and progressive IT and Telecommunications Infrastructure.

Either position:
If you are looking for an opportunity to develop experience in a broader role and place job satisfaction and lifestyle ahead of material rewards, we would be keen to hear from you for either of the above positions. Please send written applications explaining your suitability for the chosen role together with a full CV and expectations of salary to:

Pauline Holloway
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Harbour Station
Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

 or via e-mail to  

Closing date for applications for either role is Monday 17 September 2012.


July 25th 2012
First Aid Courses
Just a reminder that the First Aid at Work Courses will be held, as usual, in the first week after the end of the daily service. In 2012, that will be from Sat 3 November to Fri 9 November.

A two-day course for recertification will be held on Sat 3 and Sun 4 November; another will be held on Mon 5 and Fri 9 November, so you may choose whichever course is more convenient for you.

A four-day course for new entrants (and for lapsed first-aiders) will be held from Tues 6 to Fri 9 November. It is a nationally recognised course so volunteers may be able to persuade their employers to pay for their attendance. There is a cost to the Railway for doing this course but we do not pass it on to staff or volunteers.

Would Heads of Departments please check their departmental requirements and advise Sarah van Lottum ( in good time if they have staff who wish to undertake the courses? Please remember that we need plenty of time to arrange a suitable number of instructors as well as having to give a month's notice for the courses ahead so the sooner we get the info the better.

We shall also be pleased to hear from others wishing to take the course, but please book through your HoD.

The more first aiders we have, the better. You never know when you might need one.


July 18th 2012
Boston Lodge Works Administrator
We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking individual to join our team at Boston Lodge as the Works Administrator.

Boston Lodge Engineering Works
Works Administrator

Start date: mid August

Hours: 40 hours per week spread over 5 days

Rate of pay: Exceeds National Minimum Wage, exact wage dependent on experience

One month trial period then six months probation before permanent position will be confirmed

Boston Lodge is the engineering works of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Heritage locomotives and carriages are restored and repaired on site whilst we also produce new locomotives and rolling stock. We carry out all aspects of manufacture from design to finished product. The Works is also the site of the main locomotive and carriage sheds for the operating railways.

We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking individual to join our team at Boston Lodge as the Works Administrator.

Candidates must have:

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • High levels of IT competence with Microsoft Office suite, internet, email etc.
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A good level of numeracy

Desirable skills:

  • Experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Prior knowledge of the Railways

Key Duties:

· To provide administrative support and assistance to the manager and supervisors of Boston Lodge Engineering Works

· To organise the offices at the Works

· To organise the Works accounts including ordering, invoicing etc.

· To deal with enquiries from the public, suppliers and staff

· To deal with deliveries to the Works

· To organise Volunteer input at Boston Lodge

If you would like to be a part of a unique engineering environment we look forward to receiving your application.

For an application form for the above position please contact Jo Vincent. Tel: 01766 516000 or email

Closing date for applications: Monday 6th August 2012


July 17th 2012
Bob de Wardt
It is with great sadness that we report that Bob de Wardt died suddenly this morning.

Bob was well-known to staff and volunteers on both railways both as a stalwart of the S&T department and the Greasers' Express.

His private cremation on Monday 30th July will be followed by a public thanksgiving service at 1500 at Christ Church, Great Ayton, Middlesborough, followed by refreshments in the church hall.

Donations to the FR, please contact the funeral directors. Ayton & District Funeral Service, on 01642 724796 if you plan to attend.



June 11th 2012
Ffestiniog Railway Society sponsored walk

Sunday 23rd September 2012

We are pleased to say that, fresh from the success of the Blaenau 30 Gala Walks, Catrin Roberts is working on some fiendish ideas to keep Walkers on their toes for the Sponsored Walk.

Our plan is to start from Blaenau at 10am and aim to be back at the Station soon after 1pm to allow for the possibility of a train ride in the afternoon. This year we are likely to stay fairly close to the Town itself, particularly after the Gala walkers discovered much more to the Town than they perhaps realised existed.

As before we intend to share the proceeds as equally as possible between projects at the Blaenau end and Tan y Bwlch. With a new Station building at Blaenau and The Friends of Tan y Bwlch Station continuing their good works their will be plenty of good things for the money to be spent on.

The Sponsorship Form is now available and can be downloaded below. It can also be obtained by telephoning David Witcomb on 01373 471103 and copies can be posted or emailed to you.

If you would like to join the Walk we would also love to hear from you on the same number.

We had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people during the Gala weekend about the Walk and hopefully generated some interest that way as well. We also had whispered in our ear an idea for a possible future Walk which definitely sounded worth pursuing.

We would of course have to persuade the Board that it is a good idea and the best way to do that is by making this year a success so please obtain a Sponsorship Form and raise as much as you can.

Sponsorship Forms with remittances payable to Ffestiniog Railway Society should be sent to David Witcomb at 51 Stonebridge Drive, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2TW. If you are able to make a Gift Aided donation please let us know when writing and we will make the necessary claim.

Thank you for your support.


Attached file(s):
  • 2012_Sponsored_Walk_Final_Form.pdf

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