WHR E-Group

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The WHR E-Group is an email group titled 'WelshHighland' which was founded in 2000, and is currently hosted on groups.io. In its early years, messages per month occasionally exceeded 1000; however, numbers declined over the years as many members moved over to the welshhighland forum (now inactive) and the "Friends of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways" Facebook group. In later years, messages per month rarely went into double figures, and there were often no postings in a month. Messages were mainly about the meetings of the various area groups in the later years. Nonetheless, it remains an important archive of the first decade of the 21st century.

Group description[edit]

This group is for supporters of the Welsh Highland Railway, which runs from Caernarfon in the north right through to Porthmadog in North Wales. The group is quite active with around 590 members. A few are active volunteers on the railways, but don't let that put you off joining. We are very interested in the views of all supporters of the railway. If you are shy, join and see how the discussion develops before posting any emails yourself.

NOTE: Membership is unrestricted. If you have any queries about joining, follow the instructions on the welcome page at this page

This is an unofficial discussion group and is not promoted by any official part of the Welsh Highland or Ffestiniog Railways.

The group has a basic set of rules for members.

Source: The WHR e-group home page in part

Where the wiki makes use of quotes from the group, a link to the original is provided - usually in the form WHR E-group posting xxxxx where xxxxx is the relevant message number. If you are a member of that e-group, then you will be taken to the relevant message.

Please note Usage, on this wiki, of quoted material should only be made by the person making the statement in the first instance, or by the person using it, gaining that persons permission, beforehand


In October 2019, the future of the group came into question when the host, Yahoo Groups, announced that it would be removing the hosting of files and messages (essentially downgrading the service to an email distribution list). In the context of a gradual reduction of Yahoo Group functionality, it seemed that the group would be lost, along with its archive. Despite the low levels of activity, the group remains an important archive for the railway for the first decade of the 21st century. Peter Harrison successfully raised enough funds to transfer the group to the new host "groups.io" in November 2019.


There was also a "broadcast" group / "electronic noticeboard", specifically for members of the Welsh Highland Railway Ltd, called "WHR-Members". This was deleted in 20??.

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