Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

October 6th 2011

Vintage Weekend final preparations…

This can be purchased in advance using the booking form or on the day itself.

In the meantime, here is a little more information that may be useful in advance of the weekend...

Getting Here
In addition to the public timetabled trains, several extra trains will run to connect with the Conwy Valley line at Blaenau Ffestiniog. These include:

• Friday: a Victorian Train to connect with the 1733 arrival into Blaenau. This arrives in Porthmadog before 1900, in time for some drinks and dinner in Spooners to kick off the weekend.
• Saturday: a quarryman’s train to connect with the 0833 arrival into Blaenau. This arrives in Porthmadog at around 1050 – in time to join in with the action and, in particular, see the iconic scene of slate wagons crossing Britannia Bridge.

For the real early-arrivers, both Thursday and Friday morning will also see a good deal of activity as we get all our best vintage stock in the right places… come, grab a sandwich and watch it all unfold.

It’s also back to business as normal on Monday morning with trains running all week. Why not stay with us for a little longer?

What’s Going On
A quick recap (but remember to buy your Spotter’s Guide for every last bit of information you could possibly need)…

Vintage Weekend begins on Friday 14th October at Porthmadog’s Harbour Station with a chance to sample Spooner’s Bar and its ales whilst watching the preparations and shunts for the weekend that are being made outside. A recreation of the 1920s Colonel Stephens WHR Test Train will make several runs, together with extra service trains and a special Garraway-era train for afternoon tea at Tan-y-Bwlch.

Saturday features gravity trains, slate traffic across Britannia Bridge into Porthmadog, mixed trains in operation and lots of vintage trains to accompany your paned and bara brith (or cuppa and fruit loaf to those of you who live a little further away). The Boat will also gravitate and (hopefully) sail.

Sunday’s main feature is the longest gravity train to run since the 1940s, all the way from the line’s current summit near Tanygrisiau, recreations of trains from different eras and some of the railways more unusual quirks and curiosities.

F&WHR HLF Bid: ‘Journey into our Heritage’ / ‘Taith I’n Treftadaeth’
On Saturday the “story so far” will be displayed on the platform at Harbour Station and written comments invited.

Boston Lodge
Subject to a few preparations, some of Boston Lodge should be open. There is, as usual, a chance to see locos in preparation at their spiritual home: the original loco shed. The recommendation on this is ‘be early!’ (first locos off shed around 0730). In addition, some of the main works will be open to view project progress and take in the atmosphere of the oldest railway works in the world. Best white shoes and shirts not recommended…

Heritage Group / Waggon Tracks / Book Auction
Come and see the FR Heritage Group on Porthmadog platform, find out more about the Waggon Tracks appeal and the enticing Book Auction. Are you a member of the FRHG yet? Their AGM is on Saturday night, with a special vintage train departing Harbour Station around tea time…

Food and drink
Both Spooner’s grill, café and bar and Tan y Bwlch café will be open throughout the weekend for all your food and drink needs. Why not grab a pint on Friday afternoon/evening and catch one of the extra trains or just watch the final shunts being made for the weekend’s operations before a spot of dinner?

Spooner’s will open for breakfast from 0800 on both the Saturday and the Sunday. A variety of options exist for breakfast, including the popular ‘build your own’, picking only the items you want. Takeaway options are also available for those who can’t tear themselves away from the action. Evening meals will be served from 1530 to 2100.
Tan-y-Bwlch café opens throughout the weekend – just to the place to punctuate your journey and have lunch, watching the vintage and gravity trains pass.

To save the best till last, a special beer to mark the Vintage Weekend will be available from Spooner’s at a special price… see you there!


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