Bob Harris

From Festipedia, hosted by the FR Heritage Group

Bob was a volunteer P.W. ganger on the Welshppol & Llanfair Railway before joining the FR staff in 1964. In 1969 he was a fitter at Boston Lodge. With Roger Goss and Anthony Massau and two regular volunteers (one of whom was Tom Baskcomb) he co-owned ex-Pen-yr-Orsedd quarry locomotive Britomart. [1] [2] He wrote an article about the conversion of FR locomotives to oil firing in the Spring 1973 FR Magazine. [3]In 1974 he was Assistant Works Manager, Boston Lodge.[4] On the Saturday before Christmas 1974, while firing the 19.15, he slipped while watering the engine at Tan-y-Bwlch and spent an unhappy Christmas period in four different hospitals. [5]

He left the FR in October 1978 after 14 years and followed ex-Boston Lodge colleague David Baskcomb to Canada to take up a job with Canadian National. Before leaving he married Frances Lockett who had been brought up in Canada but worked on the FR in the previous few years.[6]

He contributed two tales of life at Boston Lodge to the Heritage Group Journal in 2013. [7]


  1. ^ "Introducing the Staff", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 044, page(s): 007
  2. ^ "Tom Baskcomb", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 088, page(s): 005
  3. ^ "Over to Oil", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 060, page(s): 014
  4. ^ "Who's Who at Porthmadog", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 065, page(s): 011
  5. ^ "Staff News", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 068, page(s): 010
  6. ^ "Staff News", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 082, page(s): 010
  7. ^ Heritage Group Journal No. 116, page 7