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Gwynedd update (August)

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Day 1

Our first day was taken up by having a Bressingham steam course, so that in the future we can drive on the Nursery line when Gwynedd is completed.

Day 2

We started the morning by needle gunning the rest of the frames, along with a third coat on top of last months work. by lunch time the frames had at least one new coat of undercoat. By the end of the day the inside of the frames had 2-3 coats.

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Gwynedd update (July)

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Day 1

The team once again returned to Bressingham to further the work on Gwynedd. On the Thursday the team began needle gunning the inside of the frames, this time with two needle guns, this allowed more surface area to be cleaned. By the end of the first day the area around the steam chest had been cleaned and painted with protective paint. The area under the foot plate had also been needle gunned and painted.

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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... T...

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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. ...

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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.

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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.

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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 signific...

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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.

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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.