A Taliesin-hauled train entering Tan y Bwlch station about 1900The Festiniog Railway is a major twenty-first century tourist attraction but was also a major world pioneer in the technological development of narrow-gauge railways.

Its story goes back almost to the conception of railways and it has inherited a priceless collection of artefacts and records dating from its very earliest days which is probably second to none in the field of railway preservation.

This site will introduce you to many aspects of the Festiniog Railway’s Heritage and tell you something of the efforts being made to ensure that as much as possible of the historical past is preserved, and in some cases where artefacts have been lost, the building of replicas is undertaken.

Equally important is the recording of historically significant information and data and this is another aspect dealt with on this site.

We have also provided links to the other principal Festiniog Railway web sites. The Heritage Group also runs Festipedia - a kind of encyclopaedia dedicated to the Festiniog Railway and related subjects, to which anyone can contribute.

The Festiniog Railway was one of the earliest railways to be built and today is the oldest, unamalgamated, independent, railway company in the world. Any organisation with such a pedigree deserves special looking after and that is what the Festiniog Railway Heritage Group does. We sometimes refer to ourselves as the Festiniog Railway’s conscience. We are not opposed to the development of the railway to meet modern needs but we do try to ensure that wherever possible the past is retained, restored if practical, replicated if necessary and always recorded.

These notes briefly state what the index includes and how it is structured, beyond what is evident by inspection.

Scope of the index

The index covers every issue of the Magazine, from number 1 (summer 1958) to the recent.

It is an index of authors and titles, including every item in the Magazine, however small or routine.

It is not an index of subjects, nor of what is in photographs and illustrations.

Entries starting with year dates, and with other numbers are in separate sections before "A".

Numbers, pages, volumes

Index numbers are of Magazine number then page number:

Absent marketing 105:12

The numbers of Magazine volumes are not used.

Use of square brackets [ ]

Square brackets are used for any indexer's addition or correction or note, e.g. stating the subject of an item of correspondence when no subject or title is given, or adding a date:

Blundell, Tony Correspondence: [Line mileage] 120:40

Wollan, Dick Who's who on the staff [1983] 100:12

Square brackets are put round the name of any individual who appears identified only by initials.

Use of roman (normal), italic type

Titles are in this roman type. Authors are in this italic type.

An individual who appears in both capacities has two entries:

Gurley, Norman F [mention of him or as an article title]

followed by individual articles:

Gurley, Norman F [when he is the author of the article]

followed by individual articles

Names and initials of names

Names of individuals are also indexed when they are the central subject, as in an obituary or in mention in the Personnel and personal section of News from the line. They are not indexed if just mentioned in an article.

Full names and initials are used for the same individual, so that all mentions sort together, e.g.:

Garraway, Allan GW 34:22–23 not Garraway, Allan or Garraway, AGW

Changing spellings of names

Spellings are made consistent, and take the Welsh form, so e.g.:

  • Porthmadog not Portmadoc
  • Tan y Bwlch not Tanybwlch or Tan-y-Bwlch
  • Ffestiniog Railway Company (Society, etc.) not Festiniog

Abbreviated institution names

Abbreviated names are spelled out in full, e.g. Ffestiniog Railway Company not FR Company

News from the Line, Notes & News, Obituaries, Publications Received, Correspondence, Group notes

These are indexed more than once, both under News from the Line etc., with its divisions, and under those divisions individually, e.g.

Boston Lodge fire News from the Line 159:93–94

News from the Line Boston Lodge fire 159:93–94

Locomotive names, and names of publications reviewed

These are set within angle brackets « », e.g.


«Fatal connections» by David J Boulton Publication received

Drift over time

The index covers more than 60 years of the Magazine, during which its structure has changed. A balance has been attempted between fidelity to the original structure and usefulness to the index user.

Errors and improvements

Please tell the compiler of the index, Christopher Chippindale, of errors and of anything that needs fixing or which can usefully be improved: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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