Welcome to the online shop of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Every penny we make from this shop and from our shops on the railway themselves goes to help build and maintain our world famous, much loved railways.
Peco 009 ready-to-run Bug Boxes now in stock
The curiously-named “Bug Boxes” 4-wheel coaches were the first passenger-carrying coaches built for the Ffestiniog Railway. Dating from 1864 to 1867 they were built by Brown, Marshall & Company. The term “Bug Box” is a more recent term given to them, possibly in the 1950s, and originally they were referred to as “Small Birmingham’s”. Ten were built, including two replicas, and 7 survive, still doing what they were originally designed to do, moving passengers over the delightful and splendidly-scenic narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.
There are three types of vehicle: First Class, Third Class, and Open third, sometimes referred to as “Zoo” cars. PECO have reproduced all three and intend to introduce different liveries over a period of time, starting with the early preservation era colours of red and green. They have paid a lot of attention to the detail of these coaches, including the half depth grill of the open-sided “zoo” car (perhaps not so comfortable during typical North Wales weather!), and the fine company emblem on the bodysides.
These exquisite models capture the character and quaintness of these vehicles very well, and will please a lot of keen OO-9 modellers looking to operate their own recreation of the Ffestiniog Railway. More FR models are in preparation, and with the forthcoming “Small England” locomotive being produced by KATO, in collaboration with PECO, it won’t be very long before a fully-authentic train will be possible. Click here to buy now for immediate delivery!
009 Bachmann Ready-to-Run Models
The latest batch of Bachmann Baldwins have arrived – see individual photos for details. They’re available online, in store at Harbour Station and over the phone.
A Year in the Life of the F&WHR – 2019 is now on sale.
It features 5 hours and 20 minutes of footage, including previously unseen material. It comes as a set of five DVDs or a single BluRay – Both have identical programmes. Both cost £25.00 plus p&p.
Our top-selling books available to order now!
Ffestiniog Finery – The F&WHR Stockbook – Everything that Moves on the F&WHR
This well illustrated 336-page volume offers access to the locomotives and rolling stock fleet, with historical explanations that many are unaware of, as well as a clue as to how things work, how they are used and a glimpse into the policy that is applied to them.
Containing drawings and maps to explain things this book will be an essential addition to any current or future F&WHR enthusiast!
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Rebuilding The Welsh Highland Railway
THE REVIVAL AND RESTORATION of the Welsh Highland Railway is one of the greatest heritage railway achievements of the 21st Century, yet its success followed more than one hundred years of failure. Supported by public loans, its first incarnation combined the moribund North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways, some of the abandoned works of the Portmadoc, Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway and part of the horse-worked Croesor Tramway. Opened in 1923, it was closed in 1937 and the track was lifted in 1941. Serious talk of revival started in the 1960s but restoration did not start until 1997, with the neighbouring Ffestiniog Railway at the helm, supported by generous donors and benefactors, the Millennium Commission, the Welsh Government and teams of enthusiastic volunteers. Author Peter Johnson steers a course through the railway s complicated pre-history before describing the events, including a court hearing, three public inquiries and a great deal of controversy, leading to the start of services between Caernarfon and Porthmadog in 2011. A postscript describes post-completion developments.
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Little Giants: A History of the Ffestiniog Railway’s Pre-Revival Locomotives – Their Mentors, Manufacture and Maintenance
This new study of the Ffestiniog Railway’s locomotives takes advantage of on-line newspaper records and the recent cataloguing of the Ffestiniog’s own archives to produce an authoritative record of not only the technical evolution of the engines but also the lives and interactions of the colourful characters involved with them. Access to the railway’s vast collection of photographs, documents, letters and drawings has enabled a highly detailed picture of the history to be drawn. Many of these records are included in the text to help tell the locomotives’ story and that of the social history surrounding their evolution and operation. Covered for the first time is the ‘business networking’ of Victorian railway engineers and its role in the development of the locomotives and their influence on many other lines worldwide. Archive research has also been used to shed light on the lives of those who worked on the footplate. The railway was extensively photographed and this book reproduces the best of those images at a large size, commensurate with their quality.
The book covers the period of operation from the earliest horse-drawn days until temporary closure in 1946. This has been done in strictly chronological order, allowing the reader to see when and why key decisions were made. The railway’s extensive locomotive maintenance records have been exploited to give a more detailed picture than has previously been published, illustrating the engines’ development, operation and decline over the period. The authors are both long-term volunteers on the railway and members of the Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Group. Peter was also on the permanent staff for fifteen years.
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With all these and many more products to choose from I hope you will agree that we have something for everyone with a narrow minded interest.
Thanks/Diolch yn Fawr.
Here is a guide to the sizes of the clothing available from us – Slight variations can occur.
Small – 37 inch 92.5 cm
Medium – 40 inch 100 cm
Large – 42 inch 105 cm
XLarge – 44inch 110 cm
XXLarge – 47 inch 117.5cm
Die Cast Road Vehicles
G Scale Models
Gifts & Souvenirs
In House Publications
N Gauge Model Railways
Narrow Gauge Models
Old Ordnance Survey Maps
OO Gauge Model Railways
Posters and Prints
Railway Letter Service
Thomas The Tank Engine