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Here’s a collection of articles about the Ffestiniog Railway Society’s work. They can be linked to pages and items around the site but are have a distinct place within the navigation.

Sentry Box Brake Van Debut

Sentry Box Brake Van

04 October 2014

A short test train was run on Saturday 2 October to test clearances on the new recreation of the Sentry Box Brake Van.

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Palmerston's Travels

Palmerston's Travels

02 October 2014

Palmerston makes its first visit to the Vale of Rheidol Railway since 1923.

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Welsh Pony Appeal

Welsh Pony

05 May 2014

Major Appeal launched to raise £150,000 restore the iconic England loco to traffic.

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Musical Bogies Part III

David Lloyd George re-entry to traffic in 2014 in grey primer

01 April 2014


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Ffestiniog Locomotives

‘Double Fairlie’ locomotives on show

01 January 2014

An overview of the Ffestiniog’s iconic fleet of unique steam locomotives.

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Musical Bogies Part II

Traditional Fairlie lineup

01 January 2014

Second instalment on the story of the Fairlie Bogies, taken from and extended from the original article recreated here.

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Musical Bogies Part I

Three Doubles

01 January 2014

This is the first part of an article about the background and detail about the restoration of the Fairlie locomotives. This article, written by Jo Clulow, first appeared in the Ffestiniog Railway Society Magazine no.157 from Summer 1997.

This article has been published again as part of the FR Society’s Fairlie Appeal. Click here for details »

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Fairlie Appeal

Fairlie Appeal

01 January 2014

What makes the Ffestiniog Railway different and unique? Many would argue it is the Fairlie locomotives with their double engine bogies.

Here’s the background to their restoration with updates.

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Linda Arrives at the Ffestiniog Railway

Linda being loaded at Port Penrhyn

13 July 2012

13 July 2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of Linda’s arrival at the Ffestiniog. Mike Davis was sent by General Manager to ensure it arrived safely and the right way round!

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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
Awards train at Rhiw Goch
Kids Training Week in Minffordd Yard
Lineside clearance
Kids Training week repairing and painting the loco shed doors
Kids training week preparing windows
Briefing before a gravity train
The pole gang at work