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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

Tan y Bwlch Children's Play Area 2011

A new purpose built play area was installed at Tan y Bwlch in time for Easter 2011, at a cost of £21,900, to give parents the opportunity to have a relaxing time at the cafe whilst children can play alongside with a view of the passing trains

Carriage 121 2012

Carriage 121 was the second Super Saloon constructed. Entirely funded by the FRS including bogies, the carriage encompasses heating and double glazing and spacious seating. The carriage entered traffic in May 2012 after £91,000 from the Society

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

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 Oct 16

RT @NLWGraphic : Brian Render,90yrs old,visits @NLWales to review his hand written,lavishly illustrated,30 volume study of The Ffestiniog Ra…

26th Oct 16

@Johnblueski £12 return fare incl. hot drink and a biscuit. Book online festrail.co.uk/tickets.htm or phone 01766 516024 if more details req'd

26th Oct 16

RT @Scuttle_Bug : First adventure of today, a very beautiful and scenic journey along the Ffestiniog Railway on a… instagram.com/p/BL_tISdBxwQ/

25th Oct 16

Today's timetables - 26th October 2016 For more information, visit our website ... festrail.co.uk pic.twitter.com/ZL8DuPtcmb

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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