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Ffestiniog Railway Society
Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Ffestiniog

Local Area Groups

London Area Group

The London Area Group (LAG) was set up in 1955 when the line was first re-opened and despite its distance from the Railway, has been a major supplier of funds and labour ever since. The main connecting instrument between Group Members is the quarterly newsletter “LINK”, which gives up to date information on local activities, group meetings and activities on the line. When the railway requires labour in the London Area, the LAG often co-ordinates that activity.

In 2015 the LAG celebrates its Diamond Jubilee and celebrates with a whole-line special train, details below.

Meetings

Diary:

There are group meetings on most of the winter months. This gives the members an opportunity to hear from speakers on various aspects of railway interest.

All meetings start at 7pm and usually finish at 10pm. The largest group meeting of the year is Steampipes, which is an annual railway filmshow with a cinema organ recital usually held in a Central London location around Christmas time each year. This is a joint meeting with the Talyllyn and Welshpool Railway Societies.

For queries on meetings please contact Martin Cook, 8 Pinewood Avenue, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5AF. T: 01732 452706.

Next Meetings

30th November 2015 Steampipes event

Future meetings and speakers to be announced soon.

Venue:

The Model Railway Club – MRC – 4 Calshot Street, nr Kings Cross, London, N1 9DA.

Croydon Friends Meeting House , 60 Park Lane, Croydon, CR0 1JE

Contact

Contact Rodney Thorp for details.

Mobile: 07712 651293 & 07510 120086 (evenings only).
Email: rodthedrain@googlemail.com

Other Activities

Eryri Venturer II

This is a whole-line (FR&WHR) special train which will run on Friday 19th June, followed by a Diamond Jubilee Dinner at the Royal Sportsman Hotel in Porthmadog on Saturday 20th June. Bookings for either to Kim Winter (01727 762343 or k.winter@imperial.ac.uk).

Sales and Exhibitions

This is the Group’s main fundraising activity: attending various events, especially in the model railway and model engineering world. We sell a variety of stock, some official railway goods, others from all sorts of organisations. Those who do not have much time to give to the railway can help by stewarding for just a few hours. Contact Elizabeth Cook, 8 Pinewood Avenue, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5AF. T: 01732 452706.

Eryri Venturer

On Friday 25th March 2011, a very special train ran over the entire 80 mile length of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Details of the day, organised entirely by the London Area Group, can be found here.

Homework

This can vary from small individual activities to re-building quite large items for the railway. Over the past few years we have provided station seats and signs and undertaken the re-building of wagons. For details of the current homework activities contact Martin Cook, 8 Pinewood Avenue, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5AF. T: 01732 452706.

Transport

Because of the variety of items which can be donated to the Railway from the London area, the organising of them being transported to North Wales has become part of the Group’s activities. Sometimes it can be just a small amount, but sometimes it’s whole lorry loads. Whenever the Railway has been offered items, we check with the Heads of Department to see where they need to go – and who is going to use them. In this way any donations to the Railway are effectively used up in North Wales, Contact Ron Walker, T: 01525 240444, E: ron@stewk.co.uk

Lectures

The Group offers a lecture service to provide interested audiences with talks on various aspects of the Ffestiniog Railway or the new Welsh Highland Railway. This can vary from a small meeting to large community halls and After Dinner Speaking, etc. The lecture usually consists of twin slide projects of 35mm slides. We can still show 16mm films and where appropriate a video can be shown. Contact Ron Walker, T: 01525 240444, E: ron@stewk.co.uk

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Working on the track
Explaining how a steam loco works
The drains gang
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