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This page deals with individually specific publications for the Festiniog Railway Company from before 1980. For post 1980 material please click here. For magazine type publications, see Publications which covers regular publications, for the company, the support societies, and the heritage groups

This list is by no means exhaustive.

See also Festiniog Railway Calendars and Festiniog Railway Ephemera
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Festiniog Railway 1956 guide book 122 x 183mm 24pps Price: 1/3
Festiniog Railway 1957 guide book 126 x 184mm 32pps Price: 1/6
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Festiniog Railway 1958 guide book 124 x 184mm 32pps Price: 1/6
Guide Book available in 1959 B & W Photographs; 210 x 103mm 32pps Price: 1/6 (7.5p)
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Guide Book available in 1960 B & W Photographs; 210 x 130mm 36pps Price: 1/6 (7.5p))

Also sold in 1961 with single sheet supplement with new timetable
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Guide Book available in 1961 B & W Photographs; 210 x 130mm 36pps Price: 1/6 (7.5p)
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Guide Book available in 1962 B & W Photographs, 210 x 130mm 36pps Price: 2/- (10p)
Guide Book available in 1963 B & W Photographs; 124 x 185mm 56pps Price: 2/6 (12.5p)
also came with amendment sheet referring to pages 45 and 52
Published by Ian Allan Ltd FRG 1235/35/125-663
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Guide Book with traffic figures for 1962 (114,000) B & W Photographs; 124 x 185mm 56pps Price: 2/6 (12.5p), similar to Ian Allan publication above incorporating the amendments
Festiniog Railway Guide Book (1967); Black & white photographs & maps, coloured cover; 180 x 116mm 56pps Price: 3/- (15p)
Also sold in 1968 with Dduallt Supplement 172 x 111mm 4pps
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Festiniog Railway Guide Book (1968); Black & white photographs & maps, coloured cover; 180 x 116mm 60pps Price: 3/- (15p)
Festiniog Railway Guide Book 1969; Black & white photographs & maps, coloured cover; 179 x 115mm 60pps Price: 3/- (15p)
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Festiniog Railway 1970 Guide Book 178 x 114mm 60pps Price: 3/- (15p)
Festiniog Railway 1971 guide book 178 x 118mm 60pps
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Festiniog Railway Guide Book 1972 B & W Photographs; 114 x 178 60pps Price 20p
A Traveller's Guide to the Festiniog Railway (1973 and 1974 Two versions - on page 31 the Society Application Form shows prices before and after 30.9.73, second edition only has one price, also minor change to advert on page 32); Black & white and colour photographs;
176 x 244mm 32 pps
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A Traveller's Guide to the Festiniog Railway ; Colour photographs, black & white maps; 209 x 297mm 20 pps
version 1 page 2 has photo dated 8th June 1978
version 2 has plans for new station in Bleanau Ffestiniog
Pictorial History of the Festiniog Railway 178 x 240mm 24pps Price 2/6
First Edition April 1958
Second Edition September 1958
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The FR in pictures 1951-61 B&W Photographs; 175 x 240mm 20pp Price 2/6 (12.5p)
Festiniog Railway Story In Pictures 1964
176 x 236mm 24pps Price 3/-
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to celebrate 130 years. 1966 B&W , 175mm x 240mm, 24pp, price 3/- (15p)
The Tan-y-Bwlch Decade in pictures, 1968; Black and white photos and maps with colour cover; 173mm x 243mm 24pps Price: 3/- (15p)
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The FR in pictures, 1969; Black & white photographs, coloured cover; 178 x 240mm 24pps Price: 3/- (15p)
Festiniog Pictorial 1970 B & W Photographs except four in colour in centre; 178 x 240 32pps Price: 4s (20p)
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Festiniog Pictorial 1971 Series 2 B & W Photographs except four in colour in centre; 178 x 240 32pps Price: 20p
Festiniog Pictorial 1972 Series 3 B & W Photographs except four in colour (pps 13 & 20) and colour centrfold; 178 x 240mm 32pps
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Welcome To The Festiniog Railway book 1973 230 x 242mm 12pps. A booklet produced for an open day on 7th July 1973 for local dignatories to show progress on the Deviation and to publicise the "Back to Blaenau" project. Copies were given to all guests and also volunteers involved.
Blaenau Ffestiniog . . . HERE WE COME! Or . . . how the Festiniog Railway overcame all odds and kept its promise, 1978; Black & white photographs and drawings with fold-out centre map; 230mm x 243mm 12pps
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Centenary of Steam 1863-1963 - visit of Representatives of the Press, Wednesday 22 May 1963. This 8-page booklet commemorates the occasion and most likely was for sale although no price is shown. Printed by T.Stephenson & Sons Ltd. 135 x 210mm
Stock Book available in 1962 B & W Photographs; 124 x 102mm 20pps Price: 1/6 (7.5p)
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Stock Book Supplement Easter 1964 B & W Photographs; 102 x 102mm 4pps Price: 6d (2.5p)
Festiniog Railway Companion 1973 B & W Photographs; 150 x 210 40pps Price: 35p
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Festiniog Railway Companion 1976 2nd Edition B & W Photographs; 150 x 210 40pps Price: 35p (Content as '1st' Edition - just a different cover!)
Festiniog Locomotive Leaflet No.1 : The Garratt Locomotive (1966 - presumed); black and white photographs and line drawings; 218mm x 152mm 4pps Price 6d (2½p)
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The Age of Slate - Michael Burn
How Ffestiniog Got Its Railway, M.J.T.Lewis
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The Volunteers' Manual, Expanded and Completely Revised, 1965 B&W Photographs; 139 x 214mm 32 pps Price 3/- (15p)
The Volunteer's Manual - A guide for those working on the Festiniog Railway (3rd edition, 1975) ; A5 no pictures
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Festiniog Railway 300-piece Whitman jigsaw
The Ffestiniog Adventure by Pamela Roberts
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Festiniog Railway fabric patch
Festiniog Railway EP BHP 2631 cover.jpg FESTINIOG RAILWAY

A Picture in sound of the famous narrow-gauge railway

produced for the Festiniog Railway Co. by

BILL HARTLEY (PRODUCTIONS) LIMITED

1266 WARWICK ROAD, KNOWLE, SOLIHULL, WARWICKSHIRE

THE FESTINIOG RAILWAY

STATUS RECORDS BHP 2631

This is a picture in sound of a wonderful narrow-gauge railway which wends its way through some of the most breathtaking countryside in Wales from Portmadoc on the coast into the hills as far as Tan-y-Bwlch. Originally designed for the carrying of slate from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog, the railway dates from 1832 and was opened as a gravity line in 1836. It was first used for passenger traffic in 1865, two years after steam had been introduced. The line enjoyed tremendous success, but declined with the slate industry and port of Portmadoc, until 1946 when things were at such a low ebb that the railway closed. After years of frustrating negotiation a new administration took over in 1954, and the Festiniog Railway Society Ltd., was formed to assist in the work. By dint of tremendous hard work the line is being reopened section by section, and by 1958 the line was cleared and trains able to run as far as Tan-y-Bwlch. 1963 marks the centenary of its first steam engines, whilst consolidation continues ready for a further stretch to be reopened.

Festiniog Railway EP BHP 7661 cover.jpg FESTINIOG RAILWAY

A Picture in sound of the famous narrow-gauge railway

produced for the Festiniog Railway Co. by

BILL HARTLEY (PRODUCTIONS) LIMITED

1266 WARWICK ROAD, KNOWLE, SOLIHULL, WARWICKSHIRE

THE FESTINIOG RAILWAY

STATUS RECORDS BHP 7661

This is a picture in sound of a wonderful narrow-gauge railway which wends its way through some of the most breathtaking countryside in Wales from Portmadoc on the coast into the hills as far as Tan-y-Bwlch. Originally designed for the carrying of slate from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog, the railway dates from 1832 and was opened as a gravity line in 1836. It was first used for passenger traffic in 1865, two years after steam had been introduced. The line enjoyed tremendous success, but declined with the slate industry and port of Portmadoc, until 1946 when things were at such a low ebb that the railway closed. After years of frustrating negotiation a new administration took over in 1954, and the Festiniog Railway Society Ltd., was formed to assist in the work. By dint of tremendous hard work the line is being re-opened section by section, and by 1958 the line was cleared and trains able to run as far as Tan-y-Bwlch. 1963 marked the centenary of its first steam engines, 1965 the centenary of passenger services, and it is hoped to re-open a further stretch to Dduallt in 1968.

Sounds of the Festiniog Argo Transcord Front.jpg SOUNDS OF THE FESTINIOG

Steam locomotives at work on the narrow gauge Festiniog Railway, in Wales, in August 1973

SIDE ONE

At the Harbour Station. Porthmadog; Linda with a passenger train and Merddin Emrys running light.

Linda approaches, down the Cob. with the 15.20 arrival from Dduallt. swings round the curve into the station and stops at the platform, where information concerning the next departure for Dduallt. at 15.30. is given over the loudspeaker system.

Merddin Emrys. running light, moves past, out from the station, towards the Cob. whistling there when clear of the points; the points are changed from the ground frame and Merddin Emrys moves back again; the wheels squeal on the curve as the engine moves away to the far end of the station.

The points are re-set and the 15.30 train is given the 'right away'; Linda, now at the head of the 15.30, whistles and starts the train out of the station and accelerating vigorously, heads it away down the straight track along the Cob, into the distance, towards Boston Lodge and Minffordd.

At Gwyndy Bank; Merddin Emrys climbs towards Penrhyn with the 11.00 up train.

Merddin Emrys approaches from Minffordd. whistling in the distance, as children play in a lineside farmyard; the engine, now coming into view, whistles again and blasts past, up the gradient, heading the train away round Ty Fry Curve and on. out of sight, towards Penrhyn.

Near Campbell's Platform; Mountaineer climbs towards Dduallt. with the 16.13 up train from Tan y Bwlch.

The sound of the chime whistle echoes around the hills as Mountaineer approaches, passes Campbell's Platform and roars by. heading the train away, round a curve and out of sight.

SIDE TWO

At Gwyndy Bank; Mountaineer climbs towards Penrhyn, with the 10.20 up train.

Mountaineer approaches in the distance from Minffordd. heads the train past on the straight section of Gwyndy Bank and whistles away round Ty Fry Curve, towards Penrhyn.

At Campbell's Platform; Blanche, a sister engine to Linda, leaves for Dduallt. with the 1 5.28 up train from Tan y Bwlch. Blanche acknowledges the guard's 'right away' with a brief whistle, starts briskly out from Campbell's Platform and heads the train past and away round a curve, whistling in the distance.

At a point high above the line, near Tan y Bwlch Station; Merddin Emrys leaves for Dduallt. with the 16.58 up train, while Linda heads down the gradient with the 16.56 train to Porthmadog.

Merddin Emrys, with a good head of steam, stands in Tan y Bwlch Station as. in the background. Linda takes the 16.56 train away through the woods; Merddin Emrys whistles in answer to the 'right away', starts the 16.58 train out from the station and heads it past and away round a curve, out of sight while, on the far side of the valley. Linda, heading down the gradient with the train to Porthmadog, whistles for a crossing near Whistling Curve.

Evening at Tan y Bwlch Station. Linda leaves for Dduallt with a goods train, loaded with materials for the extension of the line to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Linda, out of sight, round the curve at the far end of the station, whistles, starts the goods train and approaches through the station, whistles acknowledgment of the station-master's green flag and brings the train rumbling past, then, accelerating vigorously, Linda climbs away into the distance, round a curve, towards Dduallt; the engine whistles in the far distance as the stationmaster walks up the line, turns the signal board and changes the points.


Linda and Blanche are 2-4-0 saddle tank locomotives, with tenders: Merddin Emrys is a double Fairlie 0-4-4-0 tank locomotive and Mountaineer is a 2-6-2 tank locomotive.


Full details concerning F.R. locomotives and rolling stock and a description and history of the line are included in publications available from the Festiniog Railway Company, Sales Dept.. Porthmadog. Caernarvonshire

The 'Sounds of the Steam Age' catalogue available from your record dealer or from Argo Records. 115. Fulham Road. London SW3 6RR. gives details of the many other E.P. and L.P. records in this series.

The cover picture, from a transparency by Neil Clayton, shows Merddin Emrys at Penrhyn in the spring of 1972.


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