Festiniog Railway Calendars
The FR published a series of calendars. It would be good to know the dates of the first and the last of these. Illustrations of a selection are shown below. From 1961 to 1976, the calendars were conventional in style, printed on art paper, sometimes double sided, and mostly spiral-bound at the top. In 1976 and 1977, the calendars were smaller and each month's photo could be used as a postcard. The month's calendar details were to be found on a lower section of each sheet, divided from the photo by a perforation. 1978 saw a further deterioration of what was on offer with a cheaper product that was not really a purpose-designed calendar at all.
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|1966 five pages including cover.
Jan Feb Mar: Prince at Tan y Bwlch with Bill Hoole,
Apr May Jun: Blanche at Boston Lodge,
Jul Aug Sep: Merddin Emrys,
Oct Nov Dec: Dduallt
|1967, The Festiniog Year|
|Sights of Festiniog 1968 - with January featuring Blanche on a PW train above Tan y Bwlch|
|Festiniog Days 1969 - with January featuring the first passenger train into Dduallt on the reopening that had occurred the April before|
|Festiniog Ways 1970 - with January featuring Earl of Merioneth on a train above Llyn Mair|
|Festiniog Aspects 1971 - January shows a classic spring shot of Earl of Merioneth on an up train leading bowsiders out of Tan y Bwlch|
|1972 Calendr Rheilffordd Festiniog - an early attempt at bilingualism. January shows Earl of Merioneth just above Garnedd tunnel|
|Festiniog Glimpses 1973 - January shows Earl of Merioneth above Penrhyn|
|Festiniog Railway 1974 - the first colour calendar.
January features Linda with carriage 116 at Harbour Station, and a rather nice photo of Earl of Merioneth on a down train at Minffordd
|Festiniog Railway 1975 - January features Mountaineer shunting Merddin Emrys at Boston Lodge, and Merddin Emrys just below Dduallt|
|Festiniog Railway 1976 - the first of the smaller calendars featuring "post cards". January features Linda passing Rhiw Goch as the new loop is being installed there.|
|Festiniog Railway 1977 - January shows stationmaster John Harrison (Lord North) preparing to exchange the staff with the crew of Mountaineer at Tan y Bwlch on an up train.|
|1978 - Festiniog Railway - A Blanche hauled train leaving Llyn Ystradau. A new style - a colour picture for the whole year with a small calendar pad attached below. This example has a FR price label on the back but it is not clear who the publisher was. Card 286 x 235mm.|