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Lilla New Boiler 2009, Chass Overhaul 2015

Lilla returned to traffic in 2008 with a brand new (Boston Lodge-built) boiler, thanks to the sterling efforts of the Lilla Group raising £42,286 through the FR Society. Another £22,000 was raised to fund a chassis overhaul in 2015

Prince rebuild 2013

Original George England loco Prince was to be a fundamental part of the 150th celebrations of steam in 2013. In preparation for this, two years of fundraising resulted in £67,000 to pay for the overhaul in time for the celebrations

Porthmadog Heritage Signalling 2014

The call went out to members to support the installation of heritage signalling features as part of the rebuilding of Porthmadog Harbour Station. The response was magnificent with £68,000 being raised to support the installation of semaphore signalling and the associated features

Slate Wagon Refurbishments 2011-2013

Major investment by the Society to enable the continuing use of the slate wagon fleet, whilst also providing parts for further wagons to be restored. This has included the purchase of new wheels and axles and couplings, along with the machining required. The work has enabled 60 slate wagons to be part of the operational fleet

Minffordd New Points 2015

Over the winter of 2014-15, one of the major projects was the replacement of the bottom end pointwork and point motors, along with trackwork. This expensive project was aided by a grant of £57,000 from the Society

Society Membership

When you join the Ffestiniog Railway Society, you become not just a supporter of the oldest independent railway in the world, you become part of national network of like-minded enthusiasts.

Go to our membership page to see the full range of activities and benefits.

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Donations and legacies gifted to the Ffestiniog Railway help it make improvements and complete special projects. Your support could help support locomotives, carriages, buildings or facilities for passengers, along with projects to preserve and enhance the railway’s unique heritage.

A range of completed projects, part of the £1.3m raised by the Society over the last 10 years, is shown in the gallery above.

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Latest from the line

26th Nov 15

Boston Lodge Manager Tony Williams holds one of the original motion brackets showing its location on the new frames.

24th Nov 15

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24th Nov 15

Work progresses at Penrhyn as relaying work reaches Bakehouse Crossing.

24th Nov 15

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor students have completed plastering work in the new Minffordd Workshop building... fb.me/3A0nE2pWB

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.

Looking for the main railway website? For timetables, tickets and all visitor information please click here.

Welsh Pony Appeal

Major appeal to raise £150,000 to fund the return to steam of this iconic original England loco that has not run since the 1930s.

Help restore it in time for its 150th birthday in 2017 here.


Working on our famous railway is the most rewarding way to spend your time. Learn new skills, make lifelong friends and enjoy the stunning Snowdonia scenery.

Find out more about your new hobby here.

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