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December 13th 2012

New Year Social at the Talyllyn

This special trains departs Tywyn Wharf at 11.30 on December 28th.

Regular volunteers from all Welsh lines are welcome - the train is free, and there will be food available by prior arrangement.

Please contact Joe Scott on 07919 591481 for further information.

December 6th 2012

Sandstone event next year...

Message from Sandstone follows....

As a prominent 2-ft Narrow Gauge railway operating in the UK we would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to a very special event that we are holding in South Africa next year.

The Sandstone Steam Railroad is reasonably well known due to the publicity that we receive from top class publications like Narrow Gauge World in the UK.  We are grateful to them  because it helps us to showcase what we are doing in terms of 2-ft Narrow Gauge Railway Preservation in South Africa.  It also attracts visitors to our events and who find our railway, which runs through mountainous country in the beautiful Eastern Free State,  to be both an enjoyable and an exciting experience.  The experience is enhanced by the fact that we have more than 20 locomotives which we normally deploy during our week-long event.
Stars of Sandstone which is our next event will take place from 4th-12th May 2013 .  We have already had a good number of registrations from around the world.  Quite a number of clubs, private railways, and others put groups together where 3-4 individuals.  They rent a car at Johannesburg International Airport, drive the 4-hours to where we are, and then use the car for their convenience while they are there.  We also have a world class locomotive refurbishment facility at the old South African Railways workshops in Bloemfontein and we normally arrange a day excursion so that people with a great degree of interest in the technical and restoration side of Narrow Gauge can discuss the finer engineering points with our Chief Fitter and his staff.
We would be grateful if you could circulate the attached flyer to your members.  Perhaps just put a note with it and say they can contact our UK Liaison Office, namely Joanne West, on Tel: 01189 819600, and E-mail: for further particulars on how to register.
Rest assured that fellow Narrow Gauge enthusiasts will be afforded a warm welcome should they decide to visit us.

Attached file(s):
  • Stars_of_Sandstone_flyer.pdf

  • December 4th 2012

    Infrastructure Department

    Due to the retirement of Julian Harrison, the following arrangements are now in place for the on-going management of the Infrastructure Department.

    Dafydd Thomas has been appointed Interim Infrastructure Manager, reporting to the General Manager. He is responsible for all aspects of the infrastructure maintenance programme. The departmental managers will report to Dafydd.
    Alun Tomlinson will lead the Permanent Way team for both railways. Chris Mace, Senior PW Supervisor for the FR, will report to Alun.

    Ian Hartill will be taking on increased responsibility for overall management of the Harbour Station Development Project.

    Terry Turner has been engaged as a consultant to drive forward a number of essential improvements in the safety management documentation of the infrastructure department. Terry will work closely with Peter Gray and the other managers in the department and will spend one day per week with us for a period of six to eight weeks.

    Applications continue to be sought for the post of Infrastructure Manager, which is currently being advertised.

    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.