Seán Britton Groups Of course, if you want to bring a group with you, we'll be delighted to help. If you book in advance with us and have 20 or more passengers travelling together we'll give you a reduced fare as part of our advanced booking package. On some trains we can also arrange pre- booked snacks for the hungry! Roger Dimmick Steve Sedgwick Events Not to be missed every May is our annual Beer Festival. This takes place in the Goods Shed at Dinas, just outside of Caernarfon, on the Welsh Highland Railway. There are usually a host of beers to sample, including Porthmadog's own local brew " Purple Moose", or Mws Piws, in the Welsh tongue! Roger Dimmick
James Waite Roger Dimmick Our engines Our engines are somewhat unusual. In fact, over half of our engines are articulated. This means that they don't have a rigid chassis, allowing the wheels to take sharper corners than they would otherwise be capable of doing. The picture on the left shows a double Fairlie ( after the designer's patent) named David Lloyd George – seen here taking the sharp curve at Dduallt on the Ffestiniog Railway. Roger Dimmick Roy Woods The Beyer- Garratt design shown above has just been restored at Boston Lodge. It was originally built in Belgium for the South African Railways line from Port Elizabeth to Avontuur. This line was over 180 miles long, which explains the large water tank on the front and the big coal ( or oil) bunker on the rear of this design. There are three more of these locomotives, the largest design to operate on two foot gauge lines anywhere in the world. The other members of this class, called NGG16, were built in Manchester at Gorton Works in the 1950s. We are also lucky- enough to have the first of the Beyer- Garratt design, loco K1, which usually operates on the Welsh Highland Railway between Caernarfon, Beddgelert and Porthmadog. Built in 1909 for a railway in Tasmania, it was restored by volunteers at Dinas and Boston Lodge over a four year period.