This weekend is your chance for a rare glimpse of the Ffestiniog Railway’s heritage in action.
Friday October 8th – Sunday 10th is the date for this year’s showcase of the world’s greatest collection of nineteenth century rolling stock and includes classic FR mixed trains, trips for the full Victorian Set, complete with the ‘Flying Tent’, slate gravity trains (the longest since 2002 and’ before that, the pre-war period) and of course the Ffestiniog Railway’s unique collection of locomotives, still operating on the line for which they were built.
Friday kicks off with Taliesin heading for Blaenau Ffestiniog with the Colonel Stephens set; Van 2, carriages 20 and 16 and open bugbox Number one, followed shortly by the FR’s newest steam loco, Lyd, hauling its first service train on the Ffestiniog; the 1015 ex-Porthmadog.
Over the weekend there will be recreations of quarrymen’s trains enabling passengers to travel in authentic style to watch gravity slate trains descending the Dduallt spiral. Spooner’s bizarre Boat will make its first run down the entire route of the FR, descending from Blaenau Ffestiniog by gravity and then raising its sail to cross the Cob under wind power.
On Saturday morning, TV personality Julia Bradbury will be launching her new book of railway walks and signing copies at Harbour Station. There will also be a chance to accompany Julia on a mini railway walk across the Cob.
Some of the FR’s vintage internal combustion locos will also be putting in an appearance, including WW1 veterans Moelwyn and the Simplex.
It’s not often the FR rolls out all its heritage stock at the same time, timetables for passenger trains are available from the ffestiniog Railway’s website (link below).
Source: Ffestiniog Railway