Heritage Group AGM

The Group’s 38th AGM was held online on Saturday 20th November. Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Company Trustee Dafydd Gwyn was the meeting’s special guest, opening it with a talk about heritage matters. Key themes arising included members being encouraged to switch to receiving future Journals digitally, as well as an appeal for someone to […]

Heritage Group Journal No.147, Autumn 2021

The group’s Autumn Journal is now out and, with the easing of restrictions on working parties, can happily once again report on the progress of various Heritage related projects taking place around the railway. The Kerr Stuart 4415 team have turned their attention to the fuel pump and governor assembly, although that’s a far from […]

Boston Lodge Redevelopment & Interpretation Project Update

October 2021 Update: We are delighted to report that the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (FFWHR) has been successful in its application for a £3.1million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). The award follows several years of hard work pulling together a detailed application and is set to help restore and conserve key […]

Heritage Group Journal No.146, Summer 2021

Your Summer Journal has been dispatched and contains the usual fascinating range of articles. For those of you who thought oil-firing was a 70s innovation on the FR, Peter Dennis’ article, ‘Slow-Burner – The Century of FR oil-firing experimentation’ will be of particular interest, looking back to the turn of the last century when the […]

George England Family Tree

Heritage Group Journal No.144 includes a detailed article by Peter Johnson looking at George England and his family. To accompany it, Peter prepared a full family tree, which is available to download by clicking the button below. The Journal is published four times a year and is sent free to members of the Heritage Group. […]

A Real “Welsh Incident”

Readers of the Winter issue of the Ffestiniog Railway Society journal may have seen discussion of a plane crash out on the sands of Traeth Mawr, near Boston Lodge, in April 1937. It involved an RAF training aircraft on Instrument Flying Duty and killed one man, injuring another. A plaque commemorating the incident was erected […]

Welsh Pony – No longer ‘Unfinished Business’

After 80 years of silence, Welsh Pony returned to steam on Saturday 27 June 2020. With Wales still in ‘lockdown’ as a result of Covid-19, only a handful were able to physically attend at Boston Lodge to witness the event, but thousands tuned into live streams online during the day. For those of you who […]

Original Diesel T-Shirts

Diesel, the clothing company, was founded in Italy in 1978. Today, a t-shirt featuring the original Diesel Logo costs around £45. We can offer you something far more unique and special however – T-shirts featuring the Original Diesel – Kerr Stuart 4415. Even better, they’re yours for just £15 plus p&p! Warhol-esq in design, they’re […]

Welcome…

Welcome to the new Festiniog Railway Heritage Group Website. We’re not quite sure whether to call it a rebuild or a restoration of the old site, but we hope you like the new look. It’s still a work in progress, but feel free to leave a comment if there’s anything you think is missing? And […]

A view from the 50s…

Coach restoration, weed killing and Bessie Jones gathering visitors for tea at her station cottage at Tan-y-Bwlch are all on view in this amateur film footage from 1956. It can be viewed freely on the British Film Institute website.