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    F&WHR Drivers Eye View Blu-ray Complete Collection  £50.00

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    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway - A Driver's Eye View - The Complete Collection.
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    A two disk set featuring the view from a camera clamped to the front of Merddin Emrys on the Ffestiniog and Garratt 87 on the Welsh Highland.

    There is no commentary but all the official route names appear in discreet captions, ideal for route learning.

    Running Time is approx Six Hours.

    F&WHR Drivers Eye View DVD Complete Collection  £50.00

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    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway - A Driver's Eye View - The Complete Collection.

    A six disk set featuring the view from a camera clamped to the front of Merddin Emrys on the Ffestiniog and Garratt 87 on the Welsh Highland.

    There is no commentary but all the official route names appear in discreet captions, ideal for route learning.

    Running Time is Six Hours, over 6 disks

    F&WHR Rolling Stock Guide 2019  £5.00

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    An Illustrated Stock List for the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

    New and updated for the 2019 season.

    F&WHR Traveller's View 2019 Blu-ray  £25.00

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    A Traveller's View of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - 2019
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    This programme has been made by the F&WHR company as a souvenir of a visit or as an introduction to the railways.

    It has been shot with unparalleled access to the railways and in this programme you will find chapters on the history of the railways, journeys along the line shot from on-board the train, from the air and from the lineside.

    There are also chapters to help you pronounce some of the names of our stations and places.

    This Blu-ray edition contains over half an hour of extras!

    Please Note: This is a narrative free Blu-ray but has informative on-screen captions.
    The soundtrack is from the railway itself and the environment it exists in. Certain chapters will include music.

    Run Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

    F&WHR Traveller's View 2019 DVD  £17.50

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    A Traveller's View of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - 2019
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    This programme has been made by the F&WHR company as a souvenir of a visit or as an introduction to the railways.

    It has been shot with unparalleled access to the railways and in this programme you will find chapters on the history of the railways, journeys along the line shot from on-board the train, from the air and from the lineside.

    There are also chapters to help you pronounce some of the names of our stations and places.

    Please Note: This is a narrative free DVD but has informative on-screen captions.
    The soundtrack is from the railway itself and the environment it exists in. Certain chapters will include music.

    Run Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

    Fairlie Locomotives of North Wales  £29.99

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    Fairlie Locomotives of North Wales
    by David Payling

    This book describes the history and career in service of each of the eight Fairlies, single and double, built for service on the Festiniog and the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways in Victorian and Edwardian days. It continues with the three built at Boston Lodge during the present era and gives preliminary details of a fourth, James Spooner, to be built in the coming four years.

    The, perhaps surprising, fact that a Fairlie was in service on Anglesey three years before the appearance of the Festiniog's Little Wonder in 1869 is explained, as is the proposed use of this type of engine on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. The sensation caused by the demonstration of Little Wonder's capabilities to an audience of international observers is described in a special chapter. Another describes the dramatic rise of the railway's carriage of slate to explain the Festiniog's need for these powerful engines.

    The book has benefitted from the contributions of many experts on aspects of these engines. One is a chapter on the engineering of the Fairlies in the 60 years since 1954. Another is an account of a day on the footplate on one of the Festiniog's Fairlies, highlighting the driving technique to secure the best performance from these powerful articulated engines.

    With railway modellers in mind there are fold-out seven millimetre scale drawings of each locomotive. Additional drawings detail the changes introduced during their service.

    The search for information has led the author to archives and libraries throughout the country. Profusely illustrated, the book draws on photographs from archive collections and from friends and colleagues to show the locomotives in action more recently in North Wales.

    The author was a life-long volunteer on the F&WHR, part of the team at Boston Lodge working to assemble the drawings and information to assist the maintenance and development of these locomotives.

    The book is published by The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, 326pp, 9 fold out two sided drawing pages, over 310 colour and b/w illustrations, hardback, 282mm x 215mm, ISBN 978 0 901848 14 7

    Festiniog Railway: The Spooner Era and After 1830  £30.00

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    Festiniog Railway: The Spooner Era and After 1830 - 1920
    by Peter Johnson

    Festiniog Railway 1836-2014 describes the history of the worlds first steam-operated narrow gauge railway to carry passengers.
    It covers the history of the railway from its beginnings as a horse-worked tramroad in 1836, through its technical developments with the introduction of steam locomotives, Fairlie articulated locomotives and bogie carriages through its twentieth-century decline, to closure in 1946, and then to the preservation era and its development as a major twenty-first-century tourist attraction.
    Built to serve the extensive slate industry in the Ffestiniog area of North Wales by carrying slate from the quarries to the port at Porthmadog, from 1865 the railway also operated a passenger service to serve the local community, which also attracted tourists.

    Closed in 1946 the railway was revived in stages from 1955, when a prolonged compensation claim was mounted against a major state-owned company for land taken to build a power station.
    Volunteers from all over the world came together to restore and operate this important piece of world industrial heritage, including the construction of the 2 mile deviation needed to bypass the power station.
    Services were resumed between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1982. The Festiniog Railway runs through some of the most beautiful countryside in North Wales, with spectacular views of mountains and lakes.

    Volume Two - From Slate Railway to Heritage Operation 1921 - 2014 is also available.

    Ffestiniog Finery - The F&WHR Stock Book  £40.00

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    Ffestiniog Finery - The F&WHR Stockbook
    Everything that Moves on the F&WHR

    This well illustrated 336-page volume offers access to the locomotives and rolling stock fleet, with historical explanations that many are unaware of, as well as a clue as to how things work, how they are used and a glimpse into the policy that is applied to them.

    Containing drawings and maps to explain things this book will be an essential addition to any current or future F&WHR enthusiast!

    FR Travellers Guide 2019-2020  £5.00

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    The 'Ffestiniog Railway Guide Book'. REVISED and UPDATED in 2019.

    I Tried To Run A Little Railway  £45.00

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    I Tried To Run A Little Railway - Managing the Ffestiniog Railway 1991 to 1996

    The long awaited new book from Gordon Rushton.

    Here are things you never knew about the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. This spirited and intimate account of the running of the Ffestiniog, the origins of the Welsh Highland, the turbulent times of the 1990s, could not be told for 20 years - now you can know the secrets too.

    Gordon Rushton was the General Manager at a key time and he was the Chairman of the FR Society just beforehand. The Society team raised the membership level above 6000 to maintain influence with the FR Co., to restore flagging fortunes, and to get the Minffordd Hostel built. In 1990 the breaking wave of the WHR controversy then saw Gordon running a defence of the difficult and sensitive FR position and being an active part of the victorious drive to win the fight to rebuild the whole WHR. The massive strains of this time on a Railway that was struggling hard to make a living are interesting reading: the surge from the successful promotion of Parks and Gardens; the return of the importance of volunteers; the huge reward from the large numbers of well-trained youngsters that renewed the whole organisation, are all described, along with the sad 1980s atmosphere that visited staff and volunteers that needed to be swept away in certain areas - and was.

    This is a tale of real struggle that ultimately led to the author's being invited to quit the GM's post in 1996, but then to return in 2004 to take a principal role in raising millions to complete the WHR through to Porthmadog, rebuild Harbour Station and then to play a key role in the massively successful Diamond Jubilee Appeal. Dangerously frank at times, as well as hilarious, the story is intriguing, controversial and very entertaining. Get going!

    Only 1000 are being printed.

    Little Giants  £60.00

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    Little Giants: A History of the Ffestiniog Railway's Pre-Revival Locomotives
    Their Mentors, Manufacture and Maintenance
    by Chris Jones and Peter Dennis

    592 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

    This new study of the Ffestiniog Railway’s locomotives takes advantage of on-line newspaper records and the recent cataloguing of the Ffestiniog’s own archives to produce an authoritative record of not only the technical evolution of the engines but also the lives and interactions of the colourful characters involved with them. Access to the railway’s vast collection of photographs, documents, letters and drawings has enabled a highly detailed picture of the history to be drawn. Many of these records are included in the text to help tell the locomotives’ story and that of the social history surrounding their evolution and operation. Covered for the first time is the ‘business networking’ of Victorian railway engineers and its role in the development of the locomotives and their influence on many other lines worldwide. Archive research has also been used to shed light on the lives of those who worked on the footplate. The railway was extensively photographed and this book reproduces the best of those images at a large size, commensurate with their quality.

    The book covers the period of operation from the earliest horse-drawn days until temporary closure in 1946. This has been done in strictly chronological order, allowing the reader to see when and why key decisions were made. The railway’s extensive locomotive maintenance records have been exploited to give a more detailed picture than has previously been published, illustrating the engines’ development, operation and decline over the period. The authors are both long-term volunteers on the railway and members of the Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Group. Peter was also on the permanent staff for fifteen years.

    With a Foreword by Jon Whalley, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

    The 40 Mile Railway F&WHR  £30.00

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    The 40 Mile Railway - The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. by Peter Johnson

    Anyone who loves Snowdonia will enjoy this book, not just the railway enthusiast.
    Restoration of the 25-mile Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog has, combined with the Ffestiniog Railway’s historic route from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, created one of the great railway journeys of the world.

    Peter Johnson has brought together over 250 illustrations from many different sources to describe a journey from Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog that also looks over the fence at the hidden world of villages, remote farms, hamlets and relics of the past that are passed by the trains.

    Take a journey over the 40-mile railway, discover the secrets of its route and savour its scenic wonders in this 160-page hardback book published by the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways.

    The Railway to Adventure  £37.50

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    The Railway to Adventure
    by Charlie Lewis & David Payling

    AVAILABLE NOW - NOW IN STOCK.

    Due west out of Port Elizabeth a 2ft gauge railway meandered for 177 miles to the tiny hamlet of Avontuur (Afrikaans for 'Adventure', hence the title of this book), that for over 100 years served the deciduous fruit growing region known as the Langkloof. Much closer to Port Elizabeth an important branch to Patensie tapped the fertile vegetable lands and citrus groves of the Gamtoos valley. During the 1920s quarries were established near Patensie by the Eastern Province Cement Company (EPCC) and limestone was hauled by rail to Chelsea siding from where a 12-mile private line ran to the cement factory at New Brighton. This was vital business as it provided the railway's base traffic for over 70 years.

    The railway was originally described in detail in Sydney Moir's seminal book, Twenty-four Inches Apart (Oakwood Press in 1963). More recently the story has been covered in eight parts of the authors' Soul of a Railway series published online. Since being put online, there have been many requests for the material to be published in book form and this book is the response to those requests. Interest in the South African narrow gauge has never been higher, especially with several of the locomotives featured here now working in the UK and elsewhere in the world (including three on the Welsh Highland Railway).

    This 265 page hardback book brings the story up to date and focuses on new, fascinating and compelling information about the railway, particularly the political shenanigans that plagued its turbulent latter years. These are recounted by the author (Charlie Lewis), the Regional Engineer responsible for the line from 1981 to 1986 and also one of South Africa's most prolific photographers. The text is complimented by a wide selection of photographs, many previously unpublished and the majority in colour which the authors believe will form THE definitive record of the Railway in its latter years. They include contributions from many of the world's leading railway photographers who visited the line during its busiest years.

    The book is dedicated to the memory of David Payling (long time supporter of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and author of the best selling Garratts and Kalaharis and of Fairlie Locomotives of North Wales), who sadly passed away early in 2020 after a long illness. David instigated the project to produce a follow up to Twenty-four Inches Apart and provided inspiration and much of the material for the Soul of a Railway coverage. It was Charlie and David's intention to produce a book on the railway, so this is the culmination of their wishes or, perhaps more appropriately, the 'fruits' of their labours!

    ORDERS TO SOUTH AFRICA:
    Due to extreme postage costs and losses by the S/A postal service please order from here if you are a customer in South Africa:
    Website Vid Rail or by email to enquiries@vidrail.co.za

    Year in the Life 2020 Blu-ray  £25.00

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    A Year in the Life of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - 2020.
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    This programme has been made by the F&WHR company to show some of the main events of this busy & exciting year

    It has been shot with unparalleled access to the railways and on this disk you will see both railways' routes, rolling stock and special events, including behind the scenes footage

    Please Note: This is a narrative free programme, but does have informative on-screen captions and some interviews with staff. There is only limited use of music, mainly the sounds from the railway itself and the environment it exists in.

    Running Time: 5 hours 18 minutes

    Year in the Life 2020 DVD  £25.00

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    A Year in the Life of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - 2020.
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    This programme has been made by the F&WHR company to show some of the main events of this busy & exciting year

    It has been shot with unparalleled access to the railways and on this disk you will see both railways' routes, rolling stock and special events, including behind the scenes footage

    Please Note: This is a narrative free programme, but does have informative on-screen captions and some interviews with staff. There is only limited use of music, mainly the sounds from the railway itself and the environment it exists in.

    Running Time: 4 hours and 16 minutes.