Welsh Highland Railway Centenary Events…

The ‘Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways’, ‘Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri’, ‘Welsh Highland Heritage Group’ and the ‘Welsh Highland Heritage Railway’ are delighted to be working together to organise the upcoming centenary of the Welsh Highland Railway, which will officially take place in 2023.

The Centenary will be celebrated through a series of events which will take place later this year and the following Summer.

Plans are still being finalised, however we can now reveal that the following events have been pencilled in to the diary;

30th/31st July 2022

A weekend of heritage trains operating between Dinas and Rhyd Ddu (as South Snowdon is now known) on 30th and 31st July 2022 to celebrate the centenary of reopening this section of line.

23rd/24th/25th June 2023

The main event to celebrate the opening through to Porthmadog. This will be based at the southern end of the railway and promises to be a great event including all three railways and some of the original locomotives operating on the line.

Further details on these events and others will be revealed soon.  Watch this space!



Mae ‘Rheilffyrdd Ffestiniog ac Eryri’, ‘Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri’, ‘Grŵp Treftadaeth Ucheldir Cymru’ a ‘Rheilffordd Treftadaeth Ucheldir Cymru’ yn falch iawn o gael gweithio gyda’i gilydd i drefnu canmlwyddiant Rheilffordd Eryri, a fydd yn cael ei ddathlu yn swyddogol yn 2023.

Bydd y Canmlwyddiant yn cael ei ddathlu drwy gyfres o ddigwyddiadau a fydd yn cael eu cynnal yn ddiweddarach eleni a’r Haf dilynol.

Mae’r cynlluniau’n dal i gael eu cwblhau, ond gallwn nawr gyhoeddi y bydd y digwyddiadau canlynol wedi’u cynnwys yn y dyddiadur;

30ain/31ain Gorffenaf 2022

Penwythnos o drenau treftadaeth yn gweithredu rhwng Dinas a Rhyd Ddu (fel yr adnabyddir ‘South Snowdon’ erbyn hyn) ar 30ain a 31ain Gorffennaf 2022 i ddathlu canmlwyddiant ailagor y rhan hon o’r rheilffordd.

23ain/24ain/25ain Mehefin 2023

Y prif ddigwyddiad i ddathlu’r agoriad drwodd i Borthmadog. Bydd hwn wedi’i leoli ym mhen deheuol y rheilffordd ac mae’n gaddo i fod yn ddigwyddiad gwych sy’n cynnwys y tair rheilffordd a rhai o’r locomotifau gwreiddiol sy’n gweithredu ar y rheilffordd.

Bydd manylion pellach am y digwyddiadau hyn ac eraill yn cael eu datgelu yn fuan.

Cadwch olwg am rhagor o wybodaeth!

Historical Guide back in print

Part II of the Historical Guide to the Welsh highland Railway compiled originally by John Keylock is back in print in an updated version.

See the Shop for further details

New Book – Croesor Tramway

Croesor Tramway – A History of the Tramways and Quarries of Cwm Croesor

by Dave Southern with Adrian Barrell

In the nineteenth century the slate quarries of Gwynedd in North Wales not only constituted the most important industry of the region, making a dramatic contribution to both the economy of North West Wales and its landscape, but they also supplied the bulk of the world’s roofing slate and architectural slate slabs.
This is the story of the Croesor Tramway and the slate quarries of the remote Croesor valley, that supplied some of that slate. The tramway, was conceived as a direct connection to the harbour at Porthmadog for its quarry customers. Unlike the pioneering Festiniog Railway, its close contemporary and neighbour, the tramway was horse worked throughout its life.
Built to the order of Hugh Beaver Roberts a successful solicitor and business man, from Bangor, no parliamentary powers were needed to build the tramway, as Roberts owned much of the land. Over four miles long and including two steep cable worked inclines it opened in 1864 to goods and mineral traffic and continued to carry slate along the valley until 1944, when the last wagons were sent down the Rhosydd incline. In the early 1920s, the lower part of the tramway became part of the now re-opened Welsh Highland Railway.
Based on significant original research, the building, operation and the route are described as well as the key
personalities involved such as Hugh Beaver Roberts, Charles Spooner and Moses Kellow, the entrepreneurial Croesor quarry manager. The book includes interviews with some of the people who latterly worked on the tramway and inclines.
Significant parts of the tramway and the above ground parts of some of the quarries are still accessible to the well equipped and sure footed walker. This book will therefore be of interest both to casual readers of social and industrial history as well as those wanting more detailed information on what can still be seen in the Croesor valley.
The book comprises approximately 120 pages of text and is well illustrated with maps and photographs in colour and black and white including several published for the first time.

Price £18 inc UK postage

To order go to our online shop  or download the order form to order by post

On the Welsh Highland Railway in 1936 – DVD

1936 was the last year of passenger train operation on the original Welsh Highland Railway and it closed to all traffic the following year.

Captured on this DVD is a short piece of rare amateur cine film shot in black & white showing a typical journey by a party of family and friends along the Aberglaslyn Pass in that last year of passenger operations.

£5 each,  post paid in UK.

To order visit the Sales page

“The Bryngwyn Branch” by Dave Southern & John Keylock

The Welsh Highland Heritage Group’s new book about the Bryngwyn Branch describes its history,  operation and closure, and its development into today’s slate trail.
£15 each,  post paid in UK.

To order visit the Sales page

ISBN: 978-0-9930821-0-8

Members’ Email addresses

A message from Michael Hadley,  Assistant Secretary to the Group:

Dear Members,

We have never asked for your email addresses but on a number of occasions a list would have been helpful. If you are willing to let the Group have your email address please send an email to

Mike Hadley:    mike@mandhhadley.co.uk

We give the following undertakings:

1) We will not sell, give away or otherwise dispose of your email address to anyone outside of the Group.
2) If we do send out emails to more than a few of you at any one time, we will send them ‘blind copy’ to reduce the likelihood of spam.

AGM 2014

The 17th AGM of the Group took place on Sunday 4th May 2014 in Prenteg Village Hall. The new Chairman Nick Booker reported on changes to the committee following the retirement of David Allan and the sad deaths of John Keylock and Gwynfor Pierce Jones – see the committee page. He also reports that the Cambrian  Crossing Box is finally nearing completion. Tryfan Junction building is almost complete and the intention is to move on to the signal box. Final plumbing of the Beddgelert Water Tower should be undertaken this year.

John Keylock

John KeylockIt is with great sadness that we report the death of John Keylock. John was a driving force in the establishment of the WHHG and in its various projects, most notably in recent times with the restoration of Tryfan Junction. He was for many years secretary of the Group and possessed an enormous fund of knowledge about the railway. The funeral was held on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in the village church at Childswickham, Broadway. The church was packed with over 200 people and standing room only. David Allan gave the eulogy,a warm appreciation of John’s life.

Scattering of John’s ashes:
John Keylock’s ashes are to be scattered on the water meadow below the site of Salem Halt on Saturday 5th April at 11.00am.   The field is owned by Lewis Esposito who has kindly agreed to this arrangement.

Everyone connected with John is invited to this simple ceremony in memory of a great servant of the Welsh Highland Railway.