Ffestiniog logo
Ffestiniog Railway Society on FacebookFollow Ffestiniog Railway Society on TwitterDonate to FRS Online
Ffestiniog Railway Society
Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Ffestiniog

Local Area Groups

Dee and Mersey Area Group

We are a Group centred on Chester but our members live over a much wider area. Our meetings and newsletters aim to entertain and inform members and visitors of the latest happenings on our railway as well providing meetings on a wide selection of heritage and restoration activities. It’s a good social evening and visitors are made very welcome – all we ask for is a £2.00 donation towards costs.



26th October 2022 – with Ffestiniog Travel in Peru and Bolivia – Ian Rudd
30th November 2022 – the Cavan and Leitrim Railway – Tim Oulton
22nd February 2022 – early days on the FR, part 2 – David Boughey
29th March 2023 – Group AGM and Signalling the Narrow Gauge – Tim Maynard


‘The Cross Keys, Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RP. Meetings start at 19.40.


Contact the Dee and Mersey Area Group Secretary:
Geoff Lake: “glake@ffwhr.com”

Jim Parrish Group Chairman and Permanent Way Working Party Organiser
01244 329944 “jparrish@ffwhr.com”

Other Activities

Working Parties

These are held monthly throughout the year. We generally support the work off the PWay Department. Additionally we organise other lineside projects such as maintaining and restoring the post and wire heritage fencing. If you are interested in S&T work we also support the Jasper Group who generally work the same weekends.

Forthcoming dates are:
5/6 November 2022
3/4 December 2022
3-7 January 2023
4/5 February 2023
4/5 March 2023
1/2 April 2023
29/30 April 2023
3/4 June 2023
1/2 July 2023
29/30 July 2023

These dates are all weekends but we frequently add a Friday or Monday for those who can join us for an extra day. You can join in our Group bookings at Penrhyn Hostel or make your own accommodation plans.


Join Us!

When you join 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.

Go to the membership page »

Volunteering on the Railway Mini Gallery

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