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Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Ffestiniog

Local Area Groups

Yorkshire (White Rose) Area Group

The White Rose Group is the Yorkshire based area group supporting the Ffestiniog Railway. The group holds regular monthly meetings in Leeds and promotes the railway in the Yorkshire region, attending local model shows and other events. The group holds regular working parties at the railway which usually support the permanent way department. The group also works with the operating department providing footplate crew and with the building services team.



Meetings take place each month and start at 19:30. A collection is made towards the cost of the room and speaker expenses. A donation of £5 is suggested.

Meetings take place each month (except December) and start at 7.30pm and end no later than 9.30pm. A collection is made towards the cost of the room and speaker expenses. A donation of £5 is suggested.

Thursday 19 Sept 2019-Fred Howes-FR Tales (slide show)

Thursday 17 Oct 2019-Brian Coldwell-Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (slide show)

Thursday 21 Nov 2019-Chris Jones-Ffestiniog Photographs (slide show)

December-No meeting

Thursday 16 Jan 2020-Peter Richardson-subject to be confirmed (slide show)

Thursday 20 Feb 2020-Chris Nettleton-Darlington 2 (slide show)

Thursday 19 Mar 2020-AGM and talk by FR Society officer

Thursday 16 Apr 2020-John Holroyd-Round Britain by rail from 1960’s on ( slide show)

As always the committee would be delighted to receive suggestions for future speakers


The group meets monthly in Leeds, from September to April, on the third Thursday of the month (NB.second Thursday December 2018), in the Pullman room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel,LS1 4AE, corner of Lower Briggate and Swinegate. Meetings commence promptly at 7.30pm, and finish by 9.30pm. A contribution of £5 will be taken to defray the room hire charge.


Contact the White Rose Group Secretary, David Nelson: wrg@ffestiniograilway.org.uk

Other Activities

Working Parties

Working Parties

September 13th-15th 2019

October 11th-13th 2019

November 8th-10th 2019

January 10th-12th 2020

February 7th-9th 2020

March 13th-15th 2020

May 8th-10th 2020

June 12th-14th 2020

July 10th-12th 2020

September 11th-13th 2020

October 9th-11th 2020

November 13th-15th 2020

These dates are Friday to Sunday, but increasingly three of us extend the weekend by travelling on Thursday and working on Friday, and maybe even longer. Feel free to join us.


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Volunteering on the Railway Mini Gallery

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