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A simple layout plan of the junction from 1924.

Croesor Junction lies just 20 chains (¼ mile) to the north of Ynysfor, and 50 chains (⅝ mile) south of Ynys Ferlas. It is the point at which the WHR historically joined the route of the Croesor Tramway, following it southwards from here to Porthmadog.

The place was — and is — bleak and featureless, being on the original flood plain of the Glaslyn, and had no road access. Despite what might appear to be a grand name, it was simply a junction (later with a loop). Few pictures exist of it in WHR times; given that there was no halt here, and no access, this should not be surprising. One such picture, though, taken in 1925, appears in Branch Lines around Portmadoc, 1923-46 (see references).

John Stretton, in The WHR Volume 2, states "Due to the elaborate loop and pointwork at the junction, a station was not provided there." A more logical reason for the lack of any station was the total lack of need. The only access was by way of a footpath from Erw Fawr and along the track of the Tramway from Pont Garreg-Hylldrem, but even so, anyone at the Junction would surely only be there on railway business for nearby farms were served by the adjacent halts, as named above. (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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