On an unspecified date in December 1829, Samuel Holland Jnr. first became acquainted with Henry Archer. Holland was waiting for the Nantlle Railway tram to take him to his bank in Caernarfon. (A service it had no authority to provide!).
Archer, at that time resident in Penygroes, started a conversation, during which he made mention of an idea to purchase an operating lease on the Nantlle. Holland thought he would be better looking at a scheme linking the quarries of Festiniog and the port at Porthmadog
On this date, December 31st, Henry Archer visited Samuel Holland Jnr., who proceeded over the next few days to try and generate some interest in this idea, and recommending James Spooner to do a survey.
Spooner, with two of his sons undertook this survey in 1830, and this was much along the same line used by the FR Co. up until 1946.
- Day Log/1831-03-23 Meeting in Llan Ffestiniog