Glan y Mor yard
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Glan y mor yard is the area to the south west of Boston Lodge works.[route 1] At the very far end originally stood three gunpowder stores, which have now been demolished. The gunpowder was for quarry use and stored by Messrs. Curtiss & Harvey. The explosives were once brought by sea by ships which were not allowed to enter port and it was landed by a wooden barge flying a red flag in small quantities at Portmadoc Harbour and delivered to Glan-Y-Mor in the gunpowder vans with the wrap-over steel roofs. There were regulations requiring the gun powder vans to be marshalled as far as posible away from the steam locomotives. Each store was roughly square in shape and separated by considerable distances presumably meant to reduce the chance of one major explosion. As modern buildings were erected in Glan-Y-Mor yard since the sixties these historic but redundant and ruined buildings have gradually all been demolished.
A picture of the remains of a gunpowder store with the scrub cleared away so that they can be recorded before the area is used for erection of new rolling stock storage sheds was published in 2015 in FR Magazine 231.
Originally in the preservation period, it was an area where non-operational stock was kept - eg. Princess, Welsh Pony, Carriage 21 It was also used to store track materials such as rails,sleepers and chairs but this use was transferred to Minffordd by the end of the 1960s. Old double head FR chairs were designed for use with track spikes. When track screws were introduced in the 1960s the old FR chairs had to have the holes slightly enlarged using a drill in Boston Lodge. The stacks of chairs were conveniently close in waggons in Glan y Mor for wheel barrowing to the drill.
The character of Glan y Mor Yard was greatly changed when the old Long Shed which separated it from Boston Lodge Lower Yard was demolished in the late 1980s. It lost its enclosed atmosphere and modern buildings spread into it including carriage sheds and the Carriage Works.
Ashbury No 21 in Glan-y-Mor yard 1959
Slate wagons 200 and 185 with sheeted-over Princess and K1 in Glan-y-Mor yard 1966. Photo:John Browning
- Boyd Vol. 1 1975 Edition p265.
- "Heritage", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 231, page(s): 177