Articles by: chris

Work Experience Students Take The Lead

If you’ve been to see us recently you may have been greeted by Coleg Menai’s Travel and Tourism students who’ve been getting first-hand experience, working with our visitors who come from all across the world to travel on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway.

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Download our free FfWHR Explore App!

Visitors to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (FfWHR) are now able to take their very own guide along on the journey with them, on their phone, in the form of the FfWHR Explore App.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day by stepping back in time to highlight the exceptional role women have played in shaping the history of our much loved railways!

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Free Tours of Boston Lodge

We’re taking part in The National Lottery Open Week, to say a huge thanks to National Lottery players for their support of our Interpretation and Boston Lodge Project.

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Palmerston to visit Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway and the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are pleased to announce a collaboration to run 1864-built steam locomotive ‘Palmerston’ at the Vale of Rheidol Railway later this year.

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Tickets for our 2024 services are now on sale!

Our season will begin on the 23rd of March 2024, and this year we will be running all the journey options that we offered last year, plus a brand new addition to the timetable… introducing ‘The Victorian’!

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September 28th : Trailffest

The Trailffest Half Marathon is one of the most scenic you could hope to run, with dramatic changes of scenery and terrain the whole way to the finish line.

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Spooner’s – Reopening Delay

Due to unforeseen circumstances encountered during the maintenance work currently taking place at Spooner’s, we will be delaying our reopening until Tuesday, 16th of January.

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New Bilingual Booklets and Leaflets

We were very pleased to welcome MP Liz Saville Roberts to Harbour Station this week, where we presented her our new ‘This is Our Railway’ booklets, which have been produced bilingually and our Welsh services’ information leaflet.

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A Summer of Footplate Rides!

Summer is here and we’re steaming ahead with plans to offer footplate rides at Porthmadog and Caernarfon on selected days in July and August!

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Meccano model donated to ‘Y Stesion’

There was a buzz of excitement around ‘Y Stesion’ in Caernarfon earlier this month, as the railway received the wonderful donation of a 1/12 scale Meccano model of a SAR class NGG16 Beyer Garratt locomotive!

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Baldwin 590 unavailable for WHR 100

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway have announced that a last-minute problem has arisen with Baldwin ‘590’ which has left insufficient time to give the locomotive the attention it requires ahead of the ‘WHR100’ event.

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“Theo The Yellow Bird” – Book Launch at Spooner’s

This weekend, we will be welcoming author, illustrator and songwriterm, Dawn Bosley, to Harbour Station as she launches a brand new series of adventures, starting with Series 2 – Book 1: ‘Theo The Yellow Bird – My Adventure on The Ffestiniog Steam Railway in Wales’.

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Summer Services 2022

Here at the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways you don’t just buy a ticket… You buy an experience!

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WHR 100 – Test Train success!

Preparations for the joint ‘WHR 100 : SOUTH SNOWDON’ event at the end of the month included running a train of Welsh Highland Heritage Railway stock to Beddgelert on Saturday last.

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Welsh Highland Railway 100 Event Tickets Now On Sale

We are pleased to confirm that the only surviving original Welsh Highland Railway steam locomotive, ‘Russell’, based at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway at Porthmadog, will be running on today’s Welsh Highland Railway once again in 2022!

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Jubilee Bank holiday Weekend

Are you looking forward to the long weekend of celebrations? We’re going to be busy here at the F&WHR, so we’re looking forward to seeing you!

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Welsh Highland Railway Centenary – Research Competition 1923 – 2023

The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, the Welsh Highland Railway Society, the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway Heritage Group are jointly sponsoring a series of activities and events in 2022 and 2023 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the ‘original’ WHR in 1923.

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New Travel Arrangements

Following today’s change to Covid restrictions in Wales, we are now working towards our plan to further open up access to our railway.

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Welsh Highland Railway Centenary Events

The ‘Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways’, ‘Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri’, ‘Welsh Highland Heritage Group’ and the ‘Welsh Highland Heritage Railway’ are delighted to be working together to organise the upcoming centenary of the Welsh Highland Railway, which will officially take place in 2023.

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Spooner’s Back Up And Running

Spooner’s has reopened its doors following a period of restoration work in order to enhance our facilities and the service we provide to our customers.

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2022 Services On The Horizon…

It’s a crisp Winter’s day here in Porthmadog, but the days are growing lighter and we have some exciting news to share with you – our 2022 season will start on 26th March.

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New Year, New Spooner’s

Here at Spooner’s we are starting the New Year by carrying out some restoration work in order to enhance our facilities and the service we provide to our customers.

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Double HRA Award Presentation

On Friday October 8th. we were pleased to welcome Heritage Railway Association Director Steve Clews to the railway to present two awards.

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Moelwyn Tunnel Portal Ceremony

On Sunday October 10th. a brief ceremony was held at the southern portal of Moelwyn tunnel to unveil a plaque commemorating their completion.

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The Return of Topsy

We are delighted to announce that Topsy has returned to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways following a loan to the National Museum of York as part of their Brass Steel & Fire Exhibition.

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A Day Of Rail Safety Information

We had a day of rail safety information last week as we welcomed both a member of the North Wales Police and actors from the Network Rail Staycation campaign.

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A New Season of Sponsorship

We were delighted to show our support at Cae Clyd this week as Porthmadog FC and Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs FC played out an entertaining match in the Ardal North West League.

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Love Your Railway

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways gets on board “Love Your Railway” nationwide campaign.

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