Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

October 31st 2011

Network Rail Boss visits F&WHR

F&WHR Volunteer Coordinator Trica Doyle, Network Rail Route Managing Director for Wales Mark Langman and Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust alonside Ffestiniog Railway Double Fairlie Earl of Merioneth.
Cardiff-based Langman is responsible for Network Rail throughout Wales and the English border counties. He travelled the length of the newly-completed Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and took a footplate ride on Single Fairlie Taliesin on the Ffestiniog in addition to touring Boston Lodge Works.

"I was very keen to tour both railways following our work together on the flat crossing between our two systems at Cae Pawb," said Langman. "The completion of the Welsh Highland is a fantastic achievement and a great testimony to everyone involved.

"Wales relies on rail and the way our two companies collaborated at Cae Pawb is a great demonstration of how we can work together to help the Welsh economy. Railways aren't just about moving people to and from work or visiting loved ones - their potential to be tourist attractions in their own right and the positive impact they can have on local communities cannot be over-emphasised."

"From discussions with Mark, there are clearly further opportunities for us to work together going forward," added Savage, the man behind many of the F&WHR's fund-raising projects, including the current Phase 5 Appeal, which aims to raise £8.6 million for infrastructure improvements, new station buildings, new rolling stock and the sheds in which to keep it.

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