Minffordd Yard provides facilities for much of the work that goes on behind the scenes around the railways. After fifty years of continuous extensions to the line this space was overrun with old materials and dilapidated buildings. Over the last six years persistent efforts have been made to clear up and provide space for much needed new development.
Two modern storage sheds for important signalling materials, archive items, building and electrical stores have been built and fitted out. The Ffestiniog Railway Society has funded a splendid new multi-purpose building with workshops, mess facilities, spaces for an extensive pattern loft and commercial department storage. This building will come in to use in stages during 2016.
A large new shed which will see all of our 200 strong heritage waggon fleet stored undercover is well underway. By the end of 2015 the shell of the building was erected. The next phase will see five very long sidings created inside the shed by volunteer using heritage rail recovered during renewal operations on the Ffestiniog main line.
Works to complete a third phase ensuring the lineside work gangs have effective storage space for their equipment and facilities for bulk handling materials are now in prospect. This work will then allow the heritage features in the yard to be restored. These include the unique low level exchange sidings, the large goods shed currently deteriorating badly after many years use and the area with old track formation covered over behind the Maenofferen shed.
Update - December 2016
The new workshops have been completed, and handed over to the company by society chairman Howard Wilson. The goods shed is in the final stages of restoration, having received a new slate roof. The Waggon Tracks shed is structurally complete, and work is underway to lay the track. This effectively means that phases 1 & 2 of the project are complete - Massive progress has been made during 2016.
Workshop hand over:
Exterior of new workshops:
Goods shed roof nearing completion:
Interior of Waggon Tracks shed: