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 […]

Heritage Group Journal No.145, Spring 2021

The Spring edition of the Group Journal includes an update on the progress with Kerr Stuart 4415, an article by Geoff Stocker recalling his early encounters with the FR in the 50s and 60s and a look into the life of James Spooner’s sixth child, Thomas John Spooner. Unfortunately many members were asked to pay […]

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 […]

Boston Lodge Redevelopment & Interpretation Project

The Boston Lodge redevelopment scheme received a boost just before Christmas with the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) announcing it had given first round approval for a series of works which will both help safeguard some of the most historical buildings on the site, and open it up to those keen to explore the Railway’s […]


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 […]

Double the memory…

Need to easily transfer digital files or store them safely somewhere? We have the perfect solution! Our Sales page includes a wide range of items including our unique Double Engine 32Gb USB Memory Sticks (above) and these special Gomm badges (right) depicting Kerr Stuart 4415.

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.