News - updated on 20/1/2016 (Scroll down for info)
This year (2013) the entrance building will be back in use, not as a shop, but as a Museum / Hetitage Centre, with visitors accessing the Railway by going through the new museum.
As well as the photo gallery of historic photographs and numerous other exhibits of Railway artefacts, Beddgelert will be on display mounted on a short lengh of track. This will enable children to sit in the cab and it will be positioned to allow photographs to be taken. There is also a very interesting audio visual area with seating showing multimedia presentations of the Railway.
The Fairbourne Railway’s new museum was officially opened in torrential rain on Monday 27th May by Andrew Charman, editor of Narrow Gauge World magazine. In these photos we see Andrew cutting the ribbon after giving a short speech to the sheltering crowd, also being thanked by Chris Price on behalf of the Railway.
At the FRPS AGM on Saturday 20th July, Maureen Atkinson performed the official naming ceremony for “Tony” the newly rebuilt diesel, named in honour of her late husband Professor Tony Atkinson. Also in attendance was Jonathan Byrne FRPS Chairman.
An early Christmas Present was delivered to the Fairbourne Railway in the form of a new JCB Robot. This was purchased by a generous benefactor for use on the railway, to replace the old Bobcat that had seen better days.
21st MAY 2014
Fairbourne Railway today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Fairbourne Railway and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Murray Dods, Manager of Fairbourne Railway. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
Late October 2014 saw the track gang adding the 3rd rail into the diamond crossing outside the loco shed. Not connected to the rest of the station yet, but when it is it will enable us to get 15" loco's into the shed for safe storage. The area around both loco roads is being concreated so that, from the 2015 season, blowing down of loco's can take place immediately before putting the engine on shed.
The newly painted box wagon, ready for the coming private photo charter.
The new children's play area is now fully open.
FRPS volunteer, Linda Jones led a project to convert a disused part of the former nature centre into a play area. A number of volunteers pitched in, the Fairbourne Art Group painted a lovely mural, Linda collected and restored a fantastic collection of Brio and we now have an area which kids love to play in - even when it's not raining outside. This is somewhere the FRPS has made a real difference.
More tunnel roof repairs this month. All is looking good.
New signs have now been placed.
The new workshop lathe.
On the 20th January 2016 Murray and Matt visited the Ffestiniog to collect some droplight carriage windows they have made for us. Whilst we were there we popped into the works and had a quick look at progress on Yeo's boiler.
As can be seen from the accompanying photos, the old internal firebox has been removed, along with all stays and tubes. The stay holes have been cleaned up and weld preps machined ready for the new stays.
Whilst it is there, the six old washout plug bosses have been removed and new ones fitted as the threads had worn over size. It is also having a new main steam pipe and parts are to hand for this.
The profiled plates for the new inner firebox are due to arrive this week and will then be welded together with a new foundation ring, stays and tubes and firehole ring.