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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

Boiler Repairs and new power bogies for Merddin Emrys 2005

Flagship Double Fairlie locomotive Merddin Emrys returned to service in 2005 after £185,012 from the Society. This included the external overhaul and repairs to the boiler and the construction of two new power bogies in Boston Lodge Works

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

David Lloyd George new power bogies 2014

A major fundraising initiative over five years to provide 1992-built double fairlie David Lloyd George with new piston-valve power bogies, at a cost of £200,000. This is only possible due to the fundraising by members and general donations received

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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