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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.

Thursday18 October 2018 – Adrian Gray-Portmadoc and Harbour station in old photographs
Thursday 15 November 2018 – Robin Leleux-Rails 50 years ago
Thursday 13 December 2018 – Peter Richardson-South African Railways
Thursday 17 January 2019 – Brell Ewart-Civil engineering at the Ffestiniog Railway
Thursday 21 February 2019 – Chris Nettleton-Steam in the North East
Thursday 21 March 2019 – AGM followed by up to date news from a FR Society/Company Director
Thursday 18 April 2019 – John Holroyd-Cromford and High Peak rails

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

October 12th-14th 2018
November 9th-11th 2018
January 11th-13th 2019
February 8th-10th 2019
March 8th-10th 2019
May 10th-12th 2019
June 7th-9th 2019
July 12th-14th 2019
September 13th-15th 2019
October 11th-13th 2019
November 8th-10th 2019

These dates are Friday to Sunday, but increasingly three of us extend the weekends 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