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Remains of the old Beddgelert station in July 2005.

Beddgelert is the principal intermediate station on Rheilffordd Eryri / Welsh Highland Railway at the well-known tourist spot, famous for its fictitious Dead Dog, Gelert, who was invented around 1793 by David Pritchard, the landlord of the Goat (locally pronounced Go-at) Hotel. Pritchard must be accounted the greatest benefactor to the local tourist trade. The original Kelert was possibly a sixth-century Celtic saint who was buried here, but the Priory was dedicated to St. Mary. The graves of the FR Spooners are in the churchyard, together with that of their nursemaid.

The station lies at a height of approximately 55m (180 ft), and a route distance of approx 12.71km (7.9 miles) from Porthmadog. (more...)

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Linda running on ex-Penrhyn Quarry Railway bullhead rails at Dduallt Tank Curve

The purchase of five miles of Penrhyn Quarry Rail was announced in Magazine No. 24 in Spring of 1964, and it was with this in mind that a financial appeal had been made in the Winter 1961 - 62 Magazine. Negotiations for purchase of PQR rail were opened when the PQR mainline closed in 1961 leading up to the 1964 announcement. Penrhyn Quarry Rail became the new standard for relaid FR permanent way from the time of its purchase. The first deliveries to Minffordd were in early 1965. In the Autumn 1966 FR Magazine it is mentioned that 75% had been received and stacked at Minffordd and the remainder was due to arrive during September 1966. The bulk of the rails were 24 feet long bull head of approximately 50 lb per yard when new and there were two patterns of chairs with two or four holes in roughly equal quantities. The most modern rail was rolled in 1909.

By the end of winter 2015/16 PQR rail (and thus all bullhead rail) was eliminated from the FR running line after the last remaining sections at Penrhyn and Boston Lodge were relaid with modern flat bottom rails.

Photo credit: Graham Bond

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