Croesor Tramway iron wagons

From Festipedia, hosted by the FR Heritage Group

Three useful iron wagons of the Parc & Croesor Quarries still existed near Croesor village and were donated to the Railway. They were collected on 15th November 1958 and used on the FR for ashes[1][2]. They were at first numbered 51 to 53. In the 1967 renumbering they became 196 - 198. Their construction is unusual as they were built for horse haulage and there is no separate underframe; the axleboxes are fixed directly to the floor and sides. They are not suitable for use in long trains due to lack of longitudinal strength. They were probably built in Portmadoc but the actual builder is unknown. These three are believed to be the only survivors.

No 196 is now at Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid, Bala Lake Railway, and is on display in their Heritage Centre as P&C No 12.

No 197 is now at Gelert's Farm (WHHR).

No 198 is now at the Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis.


  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic; Allan Garraway (March 1996). Festiniog in the Fifties. Midhurst, Sussex, England: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873793-68-5. OCLC 36120903.
  2. ^ Cunningham R "1958 Croesor Wagon Recovery", Festiniog Railway Heritage Group Journal, Issue 12, page(s): 9

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