Ffestiniog Railway Society

The Ffestiniog Railway Society exists to support the oldest independent railway in the world (being founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832) – now a historic and world-class tourist attraction.

With over 5,000 members, many of them active volunteers, the Society was established as the Festiniog Railway Society Limited in 1954 by preservation pioneers who wanted to play a role in the rebirth of the Ffestiniog Railway (FR). The Society quickly found the role of providing volunteers and finance to early rebuilding efforts, a role which is still crucial today. The Society became a registered charity in 1997, now allowing the benefit of claiming Gift Aid on donations and subscriptions.

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Membership is open to all and includes travel benefits on the FR and the quarterly magazine. You can be an annual member, buy it for someone else or even become a life member.

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The Society currently supports volunteering in many ways on the railway, funding the purpose-built volunteers’ hostel, providing a full time warden. The Society has also recently been pleased to fund the re-entry into traffic of flagship ‘Double Fairlie’ locomotive Merddin Emrys, new and rebuilt carriages, permanent way materials and many other volunteer projects.

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For up to date timetable and fares information along with much, much more on the day to day operation of the Ffestiniog Railway, please visit the main FR Company site:


The absolute latest news and developments on the railway can be seen on the FR's Twitter feed:

Fairlie Appeal

Fairlie's Patent - the anatomy of the unique double engine Fairlie locomotive David Lloyd George, recipient of the new bogies

Our Double Engine appeal... Help the FR's unique Fairlie locomotives...

FR Society Development Strategy

Development Strategy Development Strategy

The Development Strategy is a policy document which describes how the aims of the Ffestiniog Railway Society dovetail with the policies of the Ffestiniog Railway Company, as outlined in their publication A Sustainable Future.




Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway: historic railway in the best scenery...


Latest News

JASPER Report 65

An unusual view of the southern portal of Moelwyn Tunnel Winter Working Party... Read more..

October 2014 Gigabash

Gigabash at work at Minffordd Station Working Party Report... Read more..

Steampipes 2014

Steampipes The annual films and organ show... NEXT week! Read more..

Ffestiniog Victorian Weekend

Views from the event... Read more..

August Drains Gang Report

The gang spread around the line on the Spiral Ron Walker updates... Read more..



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Registered Office: Ffestiniog Railway Society, Harbour Station, Porthmadog. Gwynedd. LL49 9NF
Registered Charity no: 1064178.  Company Limited by Guarantee no: 542449.
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