Kim Winter

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KW has been a member of the FRS since 1965 (with a gap of a few years in the mid 1990s). His interest in all things FR was kindled in August 1959 on a trip on the FR from Port to T-y-b as a six-year-old on a family holiday & being mesmerised by the sight of a double Fairlie [Taliesin L/T] and the "cosiness" of one of the vintage carriages that the family travelled in on that day.

His interest in the WHR was started in 1967 when he persuaded his parents to just "walk through the Aberglaslyn Tunnels". Four hours later we had to cadge a lift in the back of British Parcels Lorry from the pub/hotel as then was, near Pont Croesor to get back to the car at Beddgelert.

Whilst definitely "an armchair" FRS member, a number of too infrequent volunteering expeditions or FR events have included:

August 1967: (with older brother - camping in Boston Lodge sandpit) relaying track between T-y-B & Ddualt (one week). Have some of this on 8mm movie film.

August 1968: Deviation – one week loading & unloading skips Cei a’r Bont

August 1986: Minffordd Parks & Gardens - one day during a week's family holiday "his own family this time" - in the holiday let at Minffordd looking out on Gwyndy Bank with its own level crossing. (Bron Turner I think it was/is called). A great place for an FR holiday!

August 1994 another week’s holiday at Bron Turnor but no volunteering this time

September 2001: Slate shunt with Palmerston [edited highlights, recorded by my younger brother Dylan were broadcast on (the late) John Peel's Home Truths]


Slate Shunt with Palmerston 21 September 2001 (Lilla was at WHR for the weekend) (Dylan Winter)

4th May 2002: Gravity slate train ride in the glorious spring sunshine – my most memorable FR trip ever & worth every single penny of £50 donation to Ricket Boiler Fund

3rd May 2003: Tea with Taliesin as my 50th birthday present. No 10 was with members of my family.

2004 Drystone walling Boston Lodge

2004 InterActive III two more memorable gravity slate train rides

2004 June Drystone walling Course – Boston Lodge

2005 Dry stone walling Boston Lodge

2005 WinterActive – ride in Curley Roof van

2005 May - Darjeeling Weekend & photo charter

2005 Vintage weekend

2006 March – WHR Phase IV Non track laying weekend with Imperial College Railway Society

2006 June – WHR Track Laying weekend with Rest of The World Gang and Imperial College Railway Society 19 Panels laid

2005 – 2006 obsessive FR Wiki contributor

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