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Phase 2 Announcement

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

It will be 50 years in September 2015 since Penrhyn Quarry closed the Felin Fawr Slate Works site.... With that in mind, Felin Fawr Cyf today presented proposals to stake holders... these include ambitious plans to create quality food and retail outlets, park and ride facilities and perhaps most importantly develop the Penrhyn Quarry Railway brand and extend the railway to link Felin Fawr Works with Penrhyn Quarry and Zip World with the intention of carrying passengers in both directions... The link approximately one mile in length will run alongside the Lon Las Ogwen cycle path entering the quarry near the old quarry hospital... We''ll post more details as they become available.

The Gwynedd Project update

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The restoration of Gwynedd is well underway. The PQR team once again visited for a three day period last week.

The Bressingham team have been making excellent progress with the boiler of Gwynedd. All the stays have been pilot drilled and the majority have been completely drilled out, the holes have also been counter sunk ready for new stays, when the inner firebox returns.

The old inner firebox has been taken up to the boiler makers, who are making great progress on the new one. The wheel sets have been taken to an engineering company near Yaxham. The wheels will be built up and turned down to a new profile, to ensure the wheels will be most effective on the railways Gwynedd will visit.  Gwynedd should be resting on its wheels the next time our team visits.

George Sholto shunts Gwynedd to the shed ready for the work to begin.

The task this month for the team was needle gunning and priming the frames.

Barry applies the first coat of primer. The team managed to complete two coats of primer in this visit. A third will be applied next month.

Next month the team will be focusing on the inside of the frames. The cylinders and steam chest were reconditioned prior to its withdrawal from service, so not much work is required on the frames.

Gwynedd's Restoration Is Underway

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

As part of our joint working with Bressingham Steam museum on this very important project, a team from the PQR will be working on Gwynedd, for three days a month.

The first working party took place on the 21st - 23rd of May. During the visit the team cleaned the frames of Gwynedd ready for needle gunning to remove the paint. A start was made on the other running components such as the eccentrics.

While at Bressingham the team will also be practicing their loco skills.

The next visit will be mid June where the team will be needle gunning the frames, and will complete the work on the running components.

The Inner firebox has been taken to the local boiler makers as a pattern for the new one. The stays are being drilled out of the outer firebox by the engineers Bressingham.


The team hard at work

Ellis takes George Sholto to its train

Disposing of the loco at the end of the day

Gwynedd Update

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Good progress is being made with Gwynedd. The saddle tank along with the boiler have been removed, additionally the inner firebox has been removed from the boiler and components will be sent off to a boiler maker this week to be used as patterns. Gwynedd's frames will be moved shortly from the main exhibition hall at Bressingham to the workshops so that the bottom end restoration can commence.

Gwynedd's Coming Home!

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Following a few months of negotiations with our friends at Bressingham, Norfolk, agreement has been reached whereby the PQR will assist with the restoration of the locomotive Gwynedd in the hope of returning the loco to working order at the earliest opportunity. A substantial donation kindly provided by a Penrhyn Quarry Railway sponsor now means that all of the funds needed are in place to restore the loco to full working order once again. Once fully operational, Gwynedd will spend a significant period of time at the PQR each year becoming an ambassador for both Bressingham and the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. The Gwynedd Restoration Group at Bressingham will be joined by members of the Felin Fawr team who will assist with the preparation of parts for the restoration with the aim of restoring the loco to as near as feasible Penrhyn appearance.

Robert Ellis of Bressingham said that the move was "a fantastic opportunity for Bressingham and the PQR to further strengthen their relationship which started in 2012 with the visit to Felin Fawr of quarry Hunslet George Sholto." He also said that the group were "delighted to be able to make a start on meaningful restoration work and looked forward to working with the PQR towards getting her steaming at Penrhyn as well as at Bressingham


Gwynedd was the first ‘Port Class’ locomotive supplied by the Hunslet Engine Co of Leeds in 1883 to Penrhyn Quarries along with her sister Lilian.The locomotive was named Gwynedd after the Hon Gwynedd Douglas Pennant a daughter of George Sholto Gordon Douglas Pennant, 2nd Baron Penrhyn. Although the locomotive was intended for port shunting duties at Port Penrhyn, she actually spent most of her working life at Penrhyn Quarry where she remained at work until she was withdrawn in 1954 and laid up in the Coed Y Parc coach shed until purchased for preservation by John Hutchings in 1965. Twelve months later Gwynedd was purchased by Alan Bloom of Bressingham Gardens where she arrived in 1966.

Once restored to full working order again, Gwynedd will be the oldest operational quarry Hunslet in existence.

Image - Thomas Ashcroft-Domoney

Project 365 (PQR Slate Wagon Restoration)

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Our PRS funded project to restore our PQR mainline slate wagon is almost complete. The work has included riveting in new sections of the frames, replacing some of the side rails and all new timber. This years project has a duel meaning in that we have had 365 days to complete the work and fittingly the wagon is numbered 365.  The wagon now awaits new wheels and axleboxes currently being completed.

Penrhyn Quarry Railway Rolling Stock

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:15 AM

New wheels and axleboxes have recently been cast for new-build and restoration projects, the projects include new quarrymen's coaches 'S' and 'T' and mainline slate wagons. Our partners Riley & Son at Bury are currently machining the new castings and are manufacturing new axles.

Modelling Products

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Garden railway slate modelling products produced at Felin Fawr are no longer available directly from us. They are now available from selected model railway outlets and model railway shows and exhibitions throughout the UK.

The products are manufactured from Penrhyn slate and are branded under our ‘Penrhyn Quarry Railway’ trademark and range from slate fencing pillars to slate edging slabs.


Recent News

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

We held a 'for one day only' Santa event just before Christmas aimed at local children, the event was very successful and enjoyed by all. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Ty Gobaith Childrens Hospice, many thanks to all those who supported the event.

Santa and his elves



Restoration work continues on our PQR mainline slate wagon, this PRS funded project intails riveting in new sections of the frames that were sadly cut through many years ago when the wheelsets and axle boxes were removed. However, the team are determined and with the help of our supporters and sponsors, we should see the wagon fully restored with new axleboxes and wheelsets very soon.




The team have also been busy working on phase one of the railway.... The work involved re-packing much of the railway along with ballasting and replacing most of the chair keys with new ones. The task lasted around one week prior to Christmas and concludes work on phase one.




More work on buildings

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Felin Fawr Cyf has been carrying out work on the locoshed windows as a short term measure while new window frames are being made. All 13 windows facing West are now sealed up making the locoshed secure and a much improved environment to work in.



The company is also working on restoring the waterwheel building with the roof being the first step. The old slates have been removed and numbered and will be replaced on new timber.

Supporters Day

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

A very successful Supporters day was held today at Felin Fawr, thanks to all those who attended, it was really good to meet up.

Most of our rolling stock was out for the day with trains running all afternoon, slate demonstrations were also taking place along with guided tours of the Felin Fawr Works site.



Penrhyn Railway Supporters

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

A new supporters group has been established to support the restoration and operation of the Penrhyn Railway.

The group known as the Penrhyn Railway Supporters is now the official and only group supporting the Penrhyn Railway project at Bethesda and is directed at those genuinely interested supporting the efforts currently underway.

Full details are available by selecting the 'PRS' link in the menu at the top of this website.



Seat Supports

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

A good start was made today on the central seat supports for the coaches..... The seats will be curved as they are being built to the later Felin Fawr design rather than the flat bench de Winton design on early coaches.

Follow Progress

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

You can now follow the progress on the construction of the coaches on Facebook at -

Coach Progress

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The quarryman's coaches currently under construction at Felin Fawr have been progressing well... the bodies are almost complete and have been loaded onto the EAG flat wagons so that they are mobile.


New Website!

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Hello and welcome to our new website.