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May 1st - 4th : Ffestiniog Railway "150 Years Of Passenger Trains"

May 1st - 4th : Ffestiniog Railway

Back in 1865, the first passenger services were introduced with quarrymen travelling to work in tiny four wheeled carriages.

Victorian holidaymakers soon followed and the company responded with some beautiful carriages to convey them.

Many of these carriages have been lovingly restored and the early years of the railway will be celebrated on Friday and Saturday.

After a period of closure, the line reopened to passengers in 1955.

Pioneering volunteers drove miles to North Wales to get their beloved little railway running again and this exciting time is recalled on Sunday.

There will also be an evening of period entertainment in the company of the Del Sharrons, a young group playing 1950s & 1960s music.

Highlights of the passenger timetable are listed below, and full timetables are available for download at the foot of the page together with a downloadable booking form.

Friday May 1st

The early days of F.R. passenger services…

• Double-Fairlie working the FR ‘Pink’ timetable service
• ‘England’-hauled Victorian ‘Sentry-Box’ train to Tan-y-Bwlch
• Three ‘England’-hauled Quarrymen’s trains to Minffordd
• Single-Fairlie with Victorian bogie carriages from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return

Saturday May 2nd

The heyday of F.R. passenger services…

• FR ‘Blue’ timetable with a Double-Fairlie on one corridor-set and Double-headed ‘Ladies’ working the other
• Two ‘England’-hauled Victorian ‘Sentry-Box’ trains to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return – one morning and one afternoon
• ‘England’-hauled Victorian ‘Sentry-Box’ train to Tan-y-Bwlch
• Double-Fairlie with Victorian bogie carriages – Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return
• Single-Fairlie with Victorian bogie carriages from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return
• ‘England’-hauled 1920s train to Tan-y-Bwlch and return
• Single-Fairlie with 1920s Col. Stephens train from Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu and return
• ‘England’-hauled 1920s train to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return
• Double-Fairlie with 1920s Col. Stephens train – Porthmadog to Rhyd Ddu and return
• ‘England’-hauled 1920s train to Minffordd and return

The Victorian Train

Activities at Porthmadog enlivened with the presence of the modern Welsh Highland Railway – adding a total of six departures or arrivals by NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt locomotives during the course of the day…

Sunday May 3rd

The early preservation era…

• FR ‘Blue’ timetable service worked by Double-Fairlies
• Early-morning ‘Tan-y-Bwlch or Bust’ train with the Simplex
• Two ‘Prince’-hauled 1955 trains across the Cob – complete with a chain-shunt re-enactment at Pen Cob
• Allan Garraway Celebration train hauled by ‘Prince’ and ‘Linda’ – this train is Private from Porthmadog to Tan-y-Bwlch, but is available to Rover Ticket holders between TYB and Blaenau Ffestiniog, as well as back to Porthmadog
• Two ‘England’-hauled ‘Flying Flea’ trains – Minffordd and return
• ‘England’-hauled ‘Flying Flea’ train to Tan-y-Bwlch and return
• ‘England’-hauled ‘Y Cymro’ train non-stop to Tan-y-Bwlch
• Ex-PQR Hunslet-hauled 1960s train to Tan-y-Bwlch and return

Linda and Blanhce

Activities at Porthmadog enlivened with the presence of the modern Welsh Highland Railway – adding a total of six departures or arrivals by NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt locomotives during the course of the day…

Monday May 4th

Preservation Era – through InCa to the Modern Day…

• ‘Early Bird’ heritage diesel-hauled service from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and return
• FR ‘Blue’ timetable service with >hush-hush< on one corridor-set and >TBC< working the other..!
• Two ‘Britomart’-hauled 1960s trains – Tan-y-Bwlch and return
• Three ‘Push-Pull’ diesel-hauled trains to Rhiw Goch and return

Britomart on a short train with carrs 11 and 12

Activities at Porthmadog enlivened with the presence of the modern Welsh Highland Railway – adding a total of six departures or arrivals by NG/G16 Beyer-Garratt locomotives during the course of the day…

Notes:

InCa – the ‘Increased Capacity’ project of the late 1980s, providing for the construction of a new Double-Fairlie and four new ‘push-pull’ carriages.

>TBC< – The actual locomotive allocation for service trains on Monday May 4th is still to be confirmed.

Keep checking with the main site for details.

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Victorian Weekend, October 2016 Mini Gallery

Merddin Emrys and the Colonel Stephens train
Merddin and Taliesin at Minffordd
Trains pass at Tan y Bwlch
Palmerston Welsh Highland
Princess and Palmerston
Prince on Whistling Curve
May 1st - 4th : Ffestiniog Railway "150 Years Of Passenger Trains"