Interactive Weekend 2003

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Interactive Weekend 2003

Interactive II was another successful FR event. Many people enjoyed the various activities and rides on offer on the weekend of 3rd - 5th May 2003, with some participants booking the remaining places "on the day" at a stand on Porthmadog platform. Below are a selection of pictures taken over the weekend. This report originally appeared on the old company's website, and appears here with permission

Moelwyn and Van 2 (or Carriage 10 as it was then) approach with the "Signalman's Shadow" near Valve House Crossing
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
David Lloyd George, light engine, passes Plas Halt after delivering the gravity train to Dduallt. The locomotive was locked in Dduallt sidings until the gravity train reached Tan y Bwlch, after which a token was obtained from the Dduallt instrument to enable DLG to return towards Porthmadog
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
Later in the day, the gravity train did a shorter run from Rhiw Goch to Minffordd. On Bank Holiday Monday, the train ran in very heavy rain and at one time, a hailstorm. On arrival at Minffordd the crew were soaked............and the rain promptly stopped!
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
Linda and Mountaineer on Cei a'r Bont at Dduallt with the "Two Heads are Better than One" Interactive double headed train, with the view over the Vale of Ffestiniog in the background.
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
"The Freight Forager" - Visiting locomotive Stanhope and the FR's old gent Prince double head the freight train over the Cob towards Boston Lodge. Interactive participants can be seen riding in Prince's tender
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
Competition time - We finally have a winner, Mr. Garry Spicer of Lancashire, who correctly identified the missing object as the whistle board. The picture has now been joined by the "undoctored" image, and Mr. Spicer's prize of an A4 framed print of "Linda" & "Mountaineer" on Cei a'r Bont will shortly be winging its way to Lancashire. Thanks to everyone who entered - there were some interesting suggestions
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
The same train as seen in the photo above - the "Vintage Voyager" in Interactive terms - returns towards Porthmadog. Note also the two bug boxes now repainted to match Carriage 15 in Victorian livery
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection
Stanhope and Linda, in the rain, await their next duty whilst the crews take a tea break.
*date: 3rd - 5th May 2003 Photo: FR Co. Collection


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