Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

February 15th 2008

May is the Month!

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'Jerry M'
This exchange will afford a fantastic opportunity on the FR to see, for the first time, various sized Hunslets - from the smallest quarry type 'Britomart' - through to the largest, 'Blanche', side by side.

Enthusiasts will be able to draw interesting comparisons between the unique mid-sized Hunslet, 'Lilla', and 'Jerry M'.

A comprehensive program of activities has been drawn up (see bottom of page) that will include intensive use of 'Jerry M' on the FR - especially during the first bank holiday in May, to coincide with the Ffestiniog Railway society AGM weekend!

The weekend starts on the evening of Friday, 2nd May, when 'Jerry M' will shunt the stock at Harbour Station in readiness for the weekend. Visitors will be able to enjoy real ales in the station pub whilst soaking up the atmosphere of narrow gauge steam, as the sun goes down.

The loco is booked to work demonstration freight and passenger services on Saturday and is then booked for a full line run to Blaenau on the Sunday Morning.

The events-team is looking to launch as wide a variety of trains for 'Jerry M' to haul as possible, during the course of the weekend. The regular main line service is expected to feature all three active FR Double Fairlies.

It is hoped that 'Jerry M' will return in time for the Annual Hollycombe steam gala weekend on the 31st of May / 1st of June giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to see her in steam alongside 'Palmerston'!

May is the Month:

May 3-5: Bank Holiday weekend

This weekend promises to be a real enthusiasts dream with extra trains being added to the timetable, including 'Jerry M'! Expect vintage carriages and locos and special events too.
Society members and visitors are invited to see the progress of 'Lyd' & '87' on display at Boston Lodge. May 3 is also the Society AGM.

May 3-5: Bank Holiday weekend Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) Hunslet: Generations

Main gala event of the year will feature steam and diesel engines from one of Britain's best known locomotive builders - Hunslet of Leeds.

May 3-4: Porthmadog Model Railway Exhibition

Visitors to our own Bank Holiday extravaganza will also have the opportunity to visit the Porthmadog Model Railway Exhibition which is again being held at the Glaslyn Leisure Centre (Canolfan Hamdden Glaslyn) in Porthmadog. As ever, layout theme is Industrial and Narrow Gauge.

May 17: Community Rail Week at Blaenau Ffestiniog

Join us at Blaenau Ffestiniog to celebrate this annual event. We will be joined by 'Arriva Trains Wales' and various community groups on the platform, and there will be various events for the whole family, including Footplate rides!
'Jerry M' will be there too!

May 24-26: Bank Holiday Weekend

A real family event with bugs, balloons, costumes and decorations!
Intensive timetable with extra trains running over the weekend including footplate rides.
Entertainment will again be organised for Harbour Station, on the trains and at Tan-y-Bwlch café.

May 9-11: Rail Ale Festival (WHR Caernarfon)

The Welsh Highland Railway Society is pulling out all the stops with a weekend of events guaranteed to draw crowds from across the UK. The beer festival at Dinas Goods Shed (near Caernarfon) has proved a massive success since its launch in 2004 and this year promises even more ale, more fun and more music, with local brewery 'Purple Moose' again taking charge of the specials!

Weekend Rover Tickets available.

Contact our Booking Office on 01766 516024 for further information and ticketing.


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