Legal Agreements Etc.

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This page originally existed to index the online locations of various legal agreements, Acts of Parliament, and other Statutory Undertakings that specifically relate to the railways.

Due to the continuing connection between the FR and the WHR, no attempt is made to separate them in this listing.

Subsequently, other related legislation - where known (and none exhaustive), has been added.

As documents of this sort have only become available on line in recent years, the links only cover more recent history. There are, of course, several other Acts and Orders that have had significant effects on the railways. Until such time as these are available online they are just listed.

Will posters of details of other relevant documents, please leave comments for inclusion on the relevant, specific, page elsewhere.

Acts and Orders on Original Railways[edit source]

including any directly related acts. Note - these have been taken from various sources, hence the format of entries varies.

19th Century[edit source]

Act, 1807, Cob {for right to build the Cob}
Act, 1821, Harbour
Act 2/3 William IV Cap. 48 23 May 1832 - the main act establishing the Railway
Act: 1/2 Victoria Cap. 80 27 July 1838 {referred by Boyd as Finance Act}
Act for Regulating Railways 1840 See here
Act, 1842, Railway Passenger Duty
Act, 1844, Railway Regulation - Act to attach certain Conditions to the Construction of future Railways 1844 see also Parliamentary train See here
Act, 1846 (standard gauge)
Act, 1850, Railway Clearing See here
An Act for regulating the Gauge of Railways 1850 See here
Act, 1853 (Rhiw bach)
Act, 1854, Railway, & Canal Traffic
Act, 1861 (SG)
Act, 1864, Railway Construction Facilities
Act: 32/33 Victoria Cap. 141 26 July 1869 -double tracking and others
Act, 1871, Regulation of Forces
Act, 1883, Cheap Trains
Act, 1889, Regulation of Railways Act
Act: 55/56 Victoria Cap. 44 20 June 1892
Act, 1896 Light Railways
Act, 1897, Workmen's Compensation
Order, 1898, Draft Certificate to construct a Deviation

20th Century[edit source]

Act, 1900, Railway Employment
Act, 1905, Cheap Trains
Act, 1911, Railway Companies
Act, 1921, Railways Act (Grouping)
Light Railway Order 30 January 1923 (Welsh Highland?)
Transport Act 1947

Acts and Orders In Preservation Era[edit source]

20th Century[edit source]

Act, 1955, N.W. Hydro Electric Power (Creation of Llyn Ystradau lake)
Act, Light Railways
Light Railway (Amendment) Order 9 February 1968 (Deviation)
Light Railway (Amendment) Order 1975 (Deviation)

Recent Acts and Orders available online[edit source]

TRANSPORT AND WORKS ACT 1992 Publication Date: Tuesday, 29 June 1999 Notice Code: 1506 See here


The Welsh Highland Railway (Transfer) Light Railway Order 1995 appears here


The Caernarfon Railway Light Railway Order 1997 appears here


Covering Rail Vehicle Accessibility of new stock
Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 2456 (index page) The Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 1998, appears here


The Welsh Highland Railway Order 1999 appears here


The Communications Act 2003 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2003 appears here Yes, it does have a bearing on WHR legislation !!


The exemption order covering construction of Carriage 122
Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 1687 - The Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Festiniog Railway Company Vehicle Number 122) Exemption Order 2003 appears here


Guidance notes from the DfT appear here


Enabling legislation for the Porthmadog Bypass


A short list of "milestone" agreements that have been made, copies existing on the WHHR site

The initial January 1996 Memorandum of Understanding (no longer available

The second version of the MoU appeared at the end of November 1997

The Formal Agreement between the WHR Ltd and FRC regarding the rebuilding of the WHR appeared 12th January 1998


Local Council Planning Applications[edit source]

A recent trawl of Gwynedd Council online planning service has revealed some records that are available

For more information, goto here, and type in the ref code in coloumn 1

This article records applications for planning consent to Gwynedd Council
Application Dated Description Available Applicant
C98A/0380/19/LL 27/07/1998 CONSTRUCTION OF A PASSENGER PLATFORM ADJOINING THE EXISTING RAILWAY Documents WHCL
C00A/0008/24/LL 22/12/1999 TEMPORARY CHANGE OF USE OF LAND FOR STORAGE OF MATERIALS ASSOCIATED TO THE WORK CONSTRUCTING A RAILWAY Documents WHCL
C01A/0379/14/LL 25/06/2001 AMEND CONDITIONS 2,3 AND 16 ON PLANNING PERMISSION REF 3/14/1052 REGARDING A STATION AND ASSOCIATED BUILDINGS TOGETHER WITH PARKING SPACES RELATING TO THE FFESTINIOG RAILWAY Documents FFr Co!!
C02A/0339/24/LL 31/05/2002 EXTEND CONDITION 2 AND 5 OF THE DIRECTION DATED 30 JUNE 1999 AS REQUIRED BY THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY ORDER, 1999 REGARDING DETAILS RELATING TO LANDSCAPING AND BUILDINGS/ STRUCTURES TO BE ERECTED ALONG THE RAILWAY TOGETHER WITH RESERVING CONDITION 4 OF THE SAID ORDER. Documents PETER MARSTON
C03A/0289/14/HY 09/05/2003 SITING OF TWO BANNERS IN CONNECTION WITH FFESTINIOG RAILWAY (RETROSPECTIVE APPLICATION) None FFr Co!!
C03D/0051/44/MG 28/01/2003 DETAILS FOR THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF A RAILWAY INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES AND CROSSING POINTS. None WHR Ltd
C05D/0054/44/MG 31/01/2005 COMPLIANCE WITH CONDITIONS 6 AND 9 OF DEEMED PLANNING PERMISSION DATED 30 JUNE 1999 OF THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY ORDER 1999 (SECTION 20 - PEN Y MOUNT STATION TO HARBOUR STATION, PORTHMADOG) Documents WHCL
C06D/0273/44/LL 31/05/2006 CONSTRUCTION OF A MINIATURE RAILWAY WITH STORAGE BUILDING Documents WHR Ltd
C06D/0709/44/CR 15/01/2007 WORKS TO WIDEN THE COB IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY Documents WHCL
C07D/0010/44/CR 11/01/2007 ALTERATIONS TO LISTED BRIDGE TO SUPPORT NEW RAILWAY LINE Documents WHCL
C07D/0016/44/MG 08/01/2007 CTRL = DETAILS OF NEW RAILWAY FROM HARBOUR STATION TO GELERT FARM WORKS Reserved WHCL
C09D/0219/44/LL 02/06/2009 CONSTRUCTION OF STORAGE SHED FOR THE WHR Ltd Documents WHR Ltd

WHR Ltd = WHHeritage Railway. WHCL = WH Construction Limited in various forms


Culled notes from external sources[edit source]

Please see this page Legal_Agreements_Etc/source_notes

See also[edit source]

Agreement between Festiniog Railway Company and Festiniog Railway Society: The 1956 Agreement

Supplementary agreement: A Declaration of Common Purpose