Call for exhibits at Quirks & Curiosities II
October 1st 2016
The big event on the Ffestiniog Railway next year is the four-day 'Quirks and Curiosities II' event to be held over the 2017 May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
Following the runaway success of the first Quirks in 2010, it is planned to put on a display of even more weird and wonderful railway oddities centred around Porthmadog Harbour Station and Minffordd Yard. A cornucopia of strange machinery will be putting in an appearance, ranging from vertical-boilered steam locomotives, through bizarre internal combustion powered locos, to the unique wind-powered Spooner's Boat
According to FR General Manager Paul Lewin, "The first Quirks was one of the most popular events we've ever put on and this promises to be the fun event of 2017. We are lining up a large number of special trains in the way that only the Ffestiniog can and having more unusual stock on site will really add to the fun. This Bank Holiday promises to have something for everyone as we showcase all the little things that make the railway special.
"We would like to extend an invitation to all owners of unusual two-foot gauge railway locos, carriages and wagons to get in touch with a view to joining in the fun."
Early risers will be able to catch a recreation of a quarryman's train to travel to Dduallt, where they will be able to watch the spectacle of a gravity slate train rounding the only spiral on Britain's railways.
The FR is well known for having an incredible collection of unusual rolling stock, some of which is rarely seen in public. Items such as Spooner's Boat; the 4-wheel Open Observation carriage with leather aprons and canopy; and Busta, the high speed World War I platelayers trolley with a vintage motorbike engine will be in action.
Quirks & Curiosities I featured such oddities as Adrian Shooter's two-foot gauge Model T Ford railcar and the remarkable Launceston bogie electric tram. Home grown quirks included the launch of the Flying Bench with its new drapery, the unique Boat gliding majestically across the Cob under sail and Busta and Monster doing their best to frighten the horses.
If you would like to take part, email us with details of your unusual two foot gauge items at email@example.com