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Ffestiniog Railway Society
Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Ffestiniog


The Ffestiniog Railway Society is able to support the Ffestiniog Railway through the generous donations, legacies and contributions made by members and supporters. Financial contributions large and small allow the railway to make improvements to the passenger experience, rebuild heritage items and achieve large projects not possible with revenue alone.

Linda Appeal

£60K for 60 years 202008 Linda TyB Roadbridge Close SM

In July 1962 Hunslet Linda arrived from the Penrhyn Quarry Railway to fill a gap in the Ffestiniog Railway’s locomotive fleet. At the time, she was a rather youthful sixty nine years old and was initially rented for £50 per week before being purchased a year later.

In her time on the Ffestiniog Railway, Linda has seen many changes but the Hunslet pedigree and quality of build shines through. She returned to service in April 2011 after a prolonged overhaul that saw certain features restored, such as the original safety valves. After a couple of years as an oil burner, Linda returned to coal firing and has been a regular performer, and certainly catching attention when running with sister Blanche in matching FR green liveries. Now, ten years later, as she approaches sixty years on the Ffestiniog Railway, a further major overhaul is about to take place. As of September 2021, the appeal has raised a fantastic £90,000 – the boiler has been retubed and focus is now turning to the chassis.

Linda Appeal page »

COVID Appeal

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The present situation will have significant impacts for the Railway. The Railway has many volunteers, however is also a significant employer in North Wales with many hard working and highly skilled members of staff and although we will not be burning any coal over the next few weeks there are many other expenses that do not drop away

Link to Appeal Details »

New Double Fairlie Appeal

New Double Fairlie James Spooner

As part of the construction of a new double fairlie to replace Earl of Merioneth, the Society has taken up the challenge of funding the new boiler so that the Company can get the job done as soon as possible. We have made a good start and have allocated funds from recent legacies to good effect. Additionally, individual components can be sponsored to keep Earl of Merioneth complete.

New Double Fairlie Appeal »

Online Donations

The FR Society has also teamed up with Virgin Money Giving so you can donate and raise funds for the railway online. Please use this method if you find it the most convenient. It’s easy to make a single or monthly donation with a credit or debit card online. All you need to do is go to:
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Virgin Money Giving reclaims Gift Aid automatically and pays donations to us directly at the end of every week. If you already have a valid Gift Aid declaration in place with the Society you will still be asked to ‘Gift Aid’ the donation – please say yes. The site is 100% secure, all data is treated as absolutely confidential and totally private donations can be made.

In addition, it’s really easy for you to raise money for us by creating an online fundraising page on the site. Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to spend time collecting cash and cheques. Just personalise your page with a photo and message and email the web address to all your contacts. Then your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else can make a donation through your page from anywhere in the world.

You can create a fundraising page for absolutely anything. You could get sponsored to run, swim, cycle, get fit, grow a Victorian moustache worthy of a Spooner or pull a carriage across the Cob. You can even create a page in memory of someone or instead of wedding gifts. The only limit is your imagination.

For more information, please contact us: web@ffestiniograilway.org.uk

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Gift Aid

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HM Revenue and Customs’s Gift Aid scheme allows the Ffestiniog Railway Society, as a registered charity, to reclaim the tax on all donations made to them provided:

  • The donor is a full UK tax payer
  • They fill in the appropriate Gift Aid declaration either by printing and filling out this form or through the Virgin Money Giving site above.

Download the Gift Aid form here▼

Your Gift Aid declaration is valid until you inform the Society you do not pay tax and may be used to reclaim Gift Aid on all gifts and subscriptions made, and may be even be used to claim tax on donations made up to six years before the date of the declaration. The Society presently has around 2,700 valid Gift Aid declarations which brings in additional income of around £25,000 per annum.

Everyclick Online Search and Shopping


Sign up and use Everyclick’s search function to raise money for the Ffestiniog Railway Society.

It costs the Society nothing to run and the more people that sign up, the more money is raised.

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Amazon Smile


Do you shop with Amazon? If so you could help fundraise for the Ffestiniog Railway at no cost to yourself.

It’s simple….. when you log in to Amazon go to the Amazon Smile page and choose your charity.
Using this page means that 0.5% of your purchase price goes to charity.
At the top of this page you will see which charity you are supporting.
Point to this and a box invites you to change your charity
Search for Ffestiniog Railway Society and click

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FRS Supported projects

Here’s some projects we’ve supported.

Welsh Pony 2014-2020

Welsh Pony 2014-2020

Boston Lodge New Points 2017

Boston Lodge New Points 2017

Minffordd Infrastructure Shed 2015-6

Minffordd Infrastructure Shed 2015-6

David Lloyd George new power bogies 2014

David Lloyd George new power bogies 2014

Porthmadog Heritage Signalling 2014

Porthmadog Heritage Signalling 2014

Minffordd New Points 2015

Minffordd New Points 2015

Lilla New Boiler 2009, Chass Overhaul 2015

Lilla New Boiler 2009, Chass Overhaul 2015