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Norman Gurley

Norman Gurley was a stalwart of both the Ffestiniog Railway and Society for many years. He worked for the FR as a volunteer from 1955 and was often joined by his sister Hazel. He was also involved with the society as a director and worked on the magazine. He joined the full time staff in 1963 in the permanent way department. He later worked in the booking office and for Ffestiniog Travel.

Norman retired in 1997 but continued to live near the railway. He died in 2004.

He was born in 1932, brought up in Watford and by the mid-1950s he was working as a progress-chaser at the Scammell lorry works in that town. As a child he was interested in aircraft. It was while watching aircraft near Watford tunnel that he saw two "Princess Royal" class locomotives emerging from the tunnel with a wartime express of 20+ coaches. He was deflected to an interest in railways and had seen much of what there was to see on British railways by the time he reached Boston Lodge in 1954 (when according to the rumour the FR was about to be reopened to help the Electricity Board build a power station!). (more...)

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The new Caernarfon station building

Caernarfon is the the northern terminus of the modern Welsh Highland Railway. It is a distance of approx 39.44km (24.5 miles) from Porthmadog. The original Welsh Highland Railway never ran to Caernarfon, the present narrow gauge station opened in 1997 with the first phase of the modern WHR.

A new station building was largely complete in August 2018. It was open for the first time during 2018's Super Power weekend when it hosted an exhibition of railway paintings. Fitting out started soon after and the building was in use as a shop and ticket office for Santa services and over the Christmas week. After the end of the Christmas services the fitting out recommenced allowing final completion in time for the main 2019 season. The headshunt was lifted again and moved to its final location which will allow the runround loop to be lengthened a little further and provide space for two Garratts to run around simultaneously.

The new station was officially opened by Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the National Heritage Lottery Fund on June 14th 2019, along with the new building at Waunfawr.

Photo credit: Roger Dimmick.

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