The Ffestiniog Railway Society is able to support the Ffestiniog Railway through the generous donations, legacies and contributions made by members and supporters. Financial contributions large and small allow the railway to make improvements to the passenger experience, rebuild heritage items and achieve large projects not possible with revenue alone.
The most enigmatic of the original Ffestiniog locos, Welsh Pony, was the third engine in line for restoration to service when the railway was reopened in the 1950s.
Somehow other engines always managed to jump the queue and even Palmerston, thought for many years to be little more than scrap, has made its way back into service.
In 2010 members of the Ffestiniog Railway Society were asked for their opinion on the future of this locomotive. The replies were overwhelmingly in favour of restoring the loco to service.
The loco will eventually be back in traffic alongside fellow England locos Prince and Palmerston, which will put the Ffestiniog Railway in the unique position of having the world’s three oldest steam locos in regular service on their original railway.Welsh Pony's appeal page »
As part of the construction of a new double fairlie to replace Earl of Merioneth, the Society has taken up the challenge of funding the new boiler so that the Company can get the job done as soon as possible. We have made a good start and have allocated funds from recent legacies to good effect. Additionally, individual components can be sponsored to keep Earl of Merioneth complete.New Double Fairlie Appeal »
The FR Society has also teamed up with Virgin Money Giving so you can donate and raise funds for the railway online. Please use this method if you find it the most convenient. It’s easy to make a single or monthly donation with a credit or debit card online. All you need to do is go to:
Virgin Money Giving reclaims Gift Aid automatically and pays donations to us directly at the end of every week. If you already have a valid Gift Aid declaration in place with the Society you will still be asked to ‘Gift Aid’ the donation – please say yes. The site is 100% secure, all data is treated as absolutely confidential and totally private donations can be made.
In addition, it’s really easy for you to raise money for us by creating an online fundraising page on the site. Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to spend time collecting cash and cheques. Just personalise your page with a photo and message and email the web address to all your contacts. Then your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else can make a donation through your page from anywhere in the world.
You can create a fundraising page for absolutely anything. You could get sponsored to run, swim, cycle, get fit, grow a Victorian moustache worthy of a Spooner or pull a carriage across the Cob. You can even create a page in memory of someone or instead of wedding gifts. The only limit is your imagination.
For more information, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.orgMake a Donation »
HM Revenue and Customs’s Gift Aid scheme allows the Ffestiniog Railway Society, as a registered charity, to reclaim the tax on all donations made to them provided:
Your Gift Aid declaration is valid until you inform the Society you do not pay tax and may be used to reclaim Gift Aid on all gifts and subscriptions made, and may be even be used to claim tax on donations made up to six years before the date of the declaration. The Society presently has around 2,700 valid Gift Aid declarations which brings in additional income of around £25,000 per annum.
Sign up and use Everyclick’s search function to raise money for the Ffestiniog Railway Society.
It costs the Society nothing to run and the more people that sign up, the more money is raised.Support Ffestiniog Railway Society here »
Many books are donated to the Society to raise funds for the railway.
This dedicated site has up to date lists of items available for auction.More information at the dedicated site »
Here’s some projects we’ve supported.
Using a legacy from long-time S&T volunteer Cyril Barnett and additional general funds to a total of £280,000, the construction and fitting out of a fully equipped workshop for use by the outdoor engineering department. The largest project we have funded to date
A major fundraising initiative over five years to provide 1992-built double fairlie David Lloyd George with new piston-valve power bogies, at a cost of £200,000. This is only possible due to the fundraising by members and general donations received
The call went out to members to support the installation of heritage signalling features as part of the rebuilding of Porthmadog Harbour Station. The response was magnificent with £68,000 being raised to support the installation of semaphore signalling and the associated features
Over the winter of 2014-15, one of the major projects was the replacement of the bottom end pointwork and point motors, along with trackwork. This expensive project was aided by a grant of £57,000 from the Society
Lilla returned to traffic in 2008 with a brand new (Boston Lodge-built) boiler, thanks to the sterling efforts of the Lilla Group raising £42,286 through the FR Society. Another £22,000 was raised to fund a chassis overhaul in 2015
Flagship Double Fairlie locomotive Merddin Emrys returned to service in 2005 after £185,012 from the Society. This included the external overhaul and repairs to the boiler and the construction of two new power bogies in Boston Lodge Works
Major investment by the Society to enable the continuing use of the slate wagon fleet, whilst also providing parts for further wagons to be restored. This has included the purchase of new wheels and axles and couplings, along with the machining required. The work has enabled 60 slate wagons to be part of the operational fleet