Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

April 10th 2008

Bringing the community together... by rail

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Narrow gauge meets standard gauge at Blaenau
In conjunction with Arriva Trains Wales and the Conwy Valley Initiative, the FR will also be hosting special events at Blaenau Ffestiniog Station on Saturday, May 17 - including footplate rides, stalls, information points, and we will be joined by local community groups, including 'Antur 'Stiniog', who are recently formed to develop the Ffestiniog area and Eryri as a hub for outdoor activities.

Arriva Trains Wales' pilot 12 month free-travel scheme for concessionary pass holders in Gwynedd and Conwy, on the Conwy Valley Line (Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog), runs up to May 20 - an opportunity not to be missed. Travel from Llandudno to Blaenau and then travel the FR!

...Special guest loco 'Jerry M' (who's with the FR for the whole of May) will also be joining us on the 17th to mark the ACORP event.

We will use 'Jerry M' to haul special shuttle trains to Tan y Grisiau and back, when the service trains arrive at Blaenau. Priced just two pounds.

*The British Transport Police, 'Llechwedd Slate Caverns' and members of the 'Green Town Project' have also confirmed stands for the 17th.

* Arriva Trains Wales is waiting for confirmation from the Welsh Assembly Government as to whether the free-travel scheme on the Conwy Valley Line will be extended.

Events on May 17th form part of the FR's 'May is the Month' schedule, which includes a host of events and activities across the FR and Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon).

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 visting loco 'Jerry M'! Expect vintage carriages and locos and special events too. See the progress of 'Lyd' & '87' on display at Boston Lodge.

*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 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 held at Harbour Station, on the trains and at Tan-y-Bwlch cafe.

*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 are available.


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